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My Brush With Death on The World’s Most Dangerous Road

My Brush With Death on The World’s Most Dangerous Road

The first time I went to La Paz I didn’t want to bike down the world’s most dangerous road.  I mean, who would want to ride down “Death Road”?!  The second time I went I still didn’t want to do it, but for some reason I thought it would be character building or some crap like that. Find accommodation in La Paz on Booking.com or Hostelworld Besides, the North Yungas Road, to give it its real name, is no longer the…

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Lake Titicaca: Crossing from Bolivia to Peru

Lake Titicaca: Crossing from Bolivia to Peru

We had left La Paz early in the morning in our faithful truck Rosita, and our first day on the road took us to Lake Titicaca and Copacabana on the shores of the lake.  Copacabana feels like a little seaside town. Paddle boats and white fisherman’s trawlers line the shore, and the lake is so huge it feels more like an ocean of shimmering blue. The town can only be reached from Peru across the Tiquina Strait, the deepest, narrowest…

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Dragoman Overland: Tour from La Paz to Cusco & Machu Picchu

Dragoman Overland: Tour from La Paz to Cusco & Machu Picchu

Visiting Machu Picchu by myself seemed way too complicated. I looked online for the traditional Inca Trail trek, to find it was already sold out for the dates I wanted. Apparently you need to book it around 6 months in advance, as they only allow a certain number of people on the trail at one time, and obviously it books up fast. I did some more research on tours and treks and was overwhelmed with the choices. As I knew…

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La Paz: Breathtaking Bolivia

La Paz: Breathtaking Bolivia

A sprawling city, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world.  At 3640 metres above sea level it really does take your breath away!  Technically the capital remains Sucre but as the Bolivians love rankings much they still manage to claim the top spot. After spending a few blissful days of relaxation at Colibri Camping, I booked a taxi to the take me the 30 minute drive into the city centre.  There was a lot of traffic as…

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Colibri Camping – A Haven outside La Paz

Colibri Camping – A Haven outside La Paz

After my experience in Santa Cruz, I wasn’t looking forward to another Bolivian City.  I spent some time looking for quiet and peaceful places, and was thrilled when I found Colibri Camping!  Just outside the city it was perfect place to escape the crowds. From Sucre I cheated again and took a flight from to La Paz – saving precious time. I also overheard someone say that the road to La Paz was blocked with one of the frequent demonstrations…

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10 Things I Learned After 1 Month on the Road

10 Things I Learned After 1 Month on the Road

Time really does fly when you’re having fun. The last 30 days have whizzed by in a blur of mountains, Inca ruins and llamas. I’m not sure how I expected to feel after a month of travelling – seeing and doing incredible things, making friends with people from all over the World who you may never see again, or who you may bump into a few days later in the next town. I haven’t really had time to process what…

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Sucre: Bolivia’s Capital with a Small Town Feel

Sucre: Bolivia’s Capital with a Small Town Feel

I had heard great things about Sucre, and was looking forward to my visit.  After my lovely stay in Samaipata I returned for one night to Santa Cruz, to catch a flight the next morning to Sucre. For the rest of my trip I’d promised myself I would take buses or trains, but as time was tight in Bolivia (and the roads notoriously unreliable) I decided to fly. Santa Cruz gave me a final kick in the teeth send-off, after…

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Samaipata: Beautiful Bolivia

Samaipata: Beautiful Bolivia

If Santa Cruz was a busy, traffic filled, pollution swamped city, Samaipata was the perfect antidote. I loved Samaipata, a peaceful town in the middle of the beautiful Bolivian countryside. A 3 hour drive from Santa Cruz, it was definitely worth the journey. Find accommodation in Samaipata on Hostelworld or Booking.com You could take a bus or even a taxi from Santa Cruz to Samaipata, but it seemed the best option was by trufi. A strange sounding name, it’s actually…

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Biocentro Güembé: An Oasis in Santa Cruz

Biocentro Güembé: An Oasis in Santa Cruz

Having exhausted Santa Cruz’s city attractions in one afternoon, I turned my attention to the Biocentro Güembé, a nature & swimming park around 30 minutes outside the city. I woke late, around 9am after going to bed around 10pm – sleeping well and long, despite my epic naps the previous day, thus hopefully catching up some of the jet lag (that’s my excuse at least!)  Paul, my Airbnb host offered to take me to the park for 50 bolivianos, so…

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Santa Cruz: First Impressions of Bolivia

Santa Cruz: First Impressions of Bolivia

Unfortunately Santa Cruz didn’t provide the best first impressions of Bolivia. I hated it.  Is hate a strong word?  Perhaps.  But I certainly didn’t like it! My flight from Madrid apparently landed around 20 minutes later than scheduled, but this short delay after a flight of 11 and a half hours was then followed by 2 hours of queueing; first in the huge queue for passport control, and then in the even bigger queue for customs. In fairness, they had…

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