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La Paz: What to do in La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz: What to do in La Paz, 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 constitutional capital remains Sucre but holds the seat of government so they still manage to claim the top spot.  I came to spend a day and night in La Paz before starting my overland tour from La Paz to Cusco. After spending a few blissful days of relaxation at Colibri Camping, I…

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Samaipata: What to do in Samaipata Bolivia

Samaipata: What to do in Samaipata 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. 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 a kind of shared taxi that leaves Santa…

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Uyuni Salt Flats: El Salar de Uyuni Tour in Bolivia

Uyuni Salt Flats: El Salar de Uyuni Tour in Bolivia

The Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia are truly incredible.  One of the highlights of my time in South America as a whole, and an experience not to be missed in Bolivia.  Actually, the first time I went to Bolivia, I decided to skip el Salar de Uyuni.  That was a mistake, although I still had a great time exploring Sucre, Samaipata & La Paz!  Luckily, I had the time, and the flexibility to be able to return to Bolivia later…

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Death Road Bolivia – The World’s Most Dangerous Road

Death Road Bolivia – The World’s Most Dangerous Road

The first time I went to La Paz in Bolivia 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. READ MORE ABOUT BACKPACKING IN BOLIVIA Besides, the North Yungas Road, to give it its real name, is no longer the world’s most…

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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. READ MORE ABOUT BACKPACKING IN BOLIVIA The town can only be reached from Peru across…

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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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Colibri Camping & Eco-Lodge in La Paz Bolivia

Colibri Camping & Eco-Lodge in La Paz Bolivia

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 instead of party hostels in La Paz, and was thrilled when I found Colibri Camping!  Just outside the city, it was a perfect place to escape the crowds and relax in Bolivia, and if you are wondering where to stay in La Paz, it has to be here! READ MORE ABOUT BACKPACKING IN BOLIVIA From Sucre…

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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: What to do in Sucre Bolivia

Sucre: What to do in Sucre Bolivia

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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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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