Bolivia
Bolivia

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  • Day425

    La Paz

    July 5 in Bolivia

    La Paz is a big city of ~2.3 million people and built on some seriously steep ridges and valleys. It’s definitely not a beautiful city as the buildings are mostly unfinished brick and there doesn’t seem to be very effective building codes or city planning – it looks like parts of India in that way. Despite this, we’ve really enjoyed it here. It’s one of those cities that has lots of hidden treasures behind ugly walls and we’ve found some wonderful cafes, restaurants and museums in courtyards that you’d never realize were there. It also has a very inventive public transport system - Mi Teleferico - a network of gondolas that offer great views of the city and are surprisingly quiet and relaxing.
    The restaurant scene has also been a surprise. We enjoyed an incredible meal at Gustu – a restaurant started by the former co-founder of Noma (yes – THAT famous Danish restaurant). This is a concept that aims to train a new generation of Bolivian chefs to showcase their unique ingredients and culture. We loved it…we have to say we thought the food was much better than at Peru’s Central.
    It’s been a surprise to us how much we like Bolivia. It’s our favorite country in South/Central America. There’s such a good diversity of experiences you can have here, the people are great, the culture is interesting and seems so much more authentic than many other places we’ve visited...and it’s incredibly affordable. The only downside it the altitude. We’ve been fine, but it does wreak havoc with your basic bodily functions such as breathing and digestion.
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  • Day408

    Tarija, Bolivia

    June 18 in Bolivia

    Our first stop in Bolivia was the center of wine and food for the country. Bolivian wine?? We were actually very impressed with the quality and the price (~ $4-5 for a very good bottle of local Tannat).
    Tarija is very quaint and seemed fairly affluent given the cleanliness, quality of buildings and the fanciness of the cars driving around the town. It was a nice town to wander around, especially after siesta when the town’s squares are packed with school kids and office workers grabbing a quick bite before returning to their long day. We can’t imagine breaking up the work or school day this way, but apparently it gets too hot to do anything during noon-3 in the summer (though it’s winter now and very chilly given a total lack of heating in any of the buildings). The food was also good and we even enjoyed some delicious street food here (we tried quesadillas and churros – Mexican food is popular). One of the things that impressed us was a new, 3-story central market the town had built that contained fresh produce and meat on the ground floor, little kitchen stalls rented out for restaurants on the 2nd floor, and a 3rd floor that rented out stalls to vendors selling clothes, soap, etc. It was a very lively place and such a great model to encourage small businesses.Read more

  • Day411

    Tupiza

    June 21 in Bolivia

    We took a bus from Tarija over very high (14,000ft) and barren mountain passes to Tupiza. The road was paved more than half of the way and we were lucky to get a very cautious driver, as some of the drop-offs were scary. Our driver was also a softie as he bought several loaves of bread he broke up into small pieces before we set off that we saw him tossing out the window to dozens of stray dogs we passed on our route. When he ran out of bread he waved kindly to the dogs that missed out, probably thinking I’ll feed you on the way back. When we’d bought our bus tickets we’d asked if the bus was new and had been told “more or less”. It was definitely the latter as the driver’s co-pilot was continuously pouring water on the engine so it didn’t overheat going up the steep hills.
    Tupiza is a small city known for beautiful red rock landscapes. We hired a driver for a day and were able to see most of the famous (we use the term loosely) rock formations, which were very impressive and reminiscent of parts of Southern Utah, though without the crowds. We only saw one other tourist the whole day! We were told this was less because of it being winter and more because everyone had stayed home to watch the soccer Worldcup.
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  • Day414

    Sucre

    June 24 in Bolivia

    Our arrival in Sucre, meant to be a 7-hour trip, turned into a 10-hour journey after our bus broke down on the way from Tupiza to Potosi. Fortunately, we arrived safely in the early evening after a harrowing ride in a shared taxi next to very high cliffs with an insane driver who enjoyed careening around corners at top speed.
    Sucre is possibly our favorite city in South/Central America so far. It isn’t too large or small (~300k residents) and is incredibly inviting with beautifully preserved/restored colonial buildings, plenty of clean city parks and squares, good food and culture, and super friendly people. The climate is also very pleasant as it’s in the high desert (9200 ft.) and doesn’t get too hot or cold. We were lucky enough to spend over a week here and enjoyed strolling the streets and hills of this great little city. We also visited some excellent museums including the Treasure Museum (about mining, Bolivia’s primary resource), the Textile Museum, and the Liberty Museum (Bolivia’s Independence Hall). A highlight here was a daytrip to the small town of Tarabuco to see the very colorful Sunday market. While there is a tourist element to the market given that handmade weaving is something for sale, it’s much more of a local affair where people come to buy, sell and trade, dressed in their best traditional clothes.Read more

  • Day8

    Potosi

    September 14 in Bolivia

    🇫🇷 Au menu à midi: kalapurka - soupe bouillonnante servie dans un bol en terre cuite avec avec une pierre volcanique.
    http://got-voyage-culinaire.com/index.php/2017/10/18/kalapurka-plats-typiques-boliviens/

    ‘Cette soupe emblématique de Potosi fait partie des plats typiques Boliviens, et c’est tout simplement délicieux. Le nom de cette recette provient d’une langue indigène (le quechua pour certains, l’aimará pour d’autres) qui signifierait « pierres chaudes ou pierres du ventre » en référence au mode de cuisson utilisé par les Anciens, qui consistait à cuire la nourriture à l’étouffée avec des pierres chaudes.

    Ce plat typique de Bolivie très copieux permet de lutter contre le froid du matin, très présent dans la ville minière située à près de 4000 Mètres d’altitude. Cette soupe épaisse est servie aux mineurs pour affronter de longues heures sans manger dans des conditions extrêmes. La pierre volcanique introduite dans cette soupe permet de garder cette soupe bien chaud pendant plusieurs heures. Vous verrez, effet bluffant et saveurs délicieuses … bref que du bon dans cette soupe.’

    🇬🇧 On the menu at lunchtime: kallapurka - stone soup
    http://www.bolivianexpress.org/blog/posts/stone-soup

    ‘A Quechua soup originating from Potosí, kallapurca is thought to have been popularised around the 17th century. Characterised above all by the fact that the broth is boiled using heated pieces of volcanic rock placed in the bowl, it likely originated from the era when fire cooking was less common in the colder regions of Bolivia. Although it is an ancient dish, its nature has evolved over time -- today’s kallapurca is produced with more garlic and other flavours brought over by the Spanish conquistadores.

    The environment in which this dish emerged is key to understanding its nature. Potosí is a cold, barren part of the country, where campesinos have to exert back-breaking effort to farm the meagre produce the harsh land is willing to yield. Often starting their workday at 5 am, by 10 am kallapurca is the dish of choice. It’s a spicy and heavy dish—nutritionally perfect for the campesinos to help them recuperate and prepare for many more hours of gruelling work. Furthermore, kallapurca has its roots placed firmly in Potosí’s culinary tradition; the history and rituals of the region reflected in this ordinary food, that remains as popular now as it has ever been.’
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  • Day9

    Potosi cathedral

    September 15 in Bolivia

    🇫🇷 Matinée libre. Visite de la cathédrale et nous grimpons tout en haut encore...cette fois pas sur le toit mais dans l’un des clochers.

    🇬🇧 Free morning. We visit the cathedral and once more go all the way to the top...but this time in one of the bell towers and not on the roof.

  • Day44

    Salar de Uyuni: part 1

    November 18, 2017 in Bolivia

    We went for a 3 days tour, starting in the city of Uyuni, one of the most important minery cities of south America. We were in a 4x4 car with our great guide Jaime, a couple from Tunisia, Juultje, Ross, Nacho and me.

    The first day we drove through a salt desert for hours were we took of these funny pictures . We passed part of the route of the Dakar rally, went to a cactus Island in the middle of the salt dessert, see a beautiful sunset and sleep in a salt hotel to finish the day!! Nacho felt sick due a food infection, that is why he was mainly in the car and not in the pictures!Read more

  • Day45

    Salar de uyuni: part 2 - the other world

    November 19, 2017 in Bolivia

    We started the second day visiting couple of blue lagoons (situated 4200m above sea level). There we saw different species of flamengos and birds.
    After an amazing lunch seeing one of the flamengos lake we drove to "another planet". We visit the national park of "Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa" were we found amazing landscapes like a huge red lagoon, geisers inside of an old volcano's crater . It was so cool to see all these things.
    We finished the day in the best possible way , after dinner we walked from our hostel to some hot springs were the water was at 39° meanwhile the outside temperature was around 0°!! From the hot springs we could see the sky full of stars. We saw falling stars and got a lesson from Jaime about the sky constellations ,it was amazing!!

    Luckily after a good night of sleep Nacho felt better and he enjoyed the day a lot.
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  • Day43

    Bolivia

    November 17, 2017 in Bolivia

    We are so sorry that we have been so disconnected from the world the last couple of days!

    Thursday we arrived to La Paz, really late in the night. You can see that Bolivia is a poor country. There are barely paved roads. We didn't knew that we would arrive so late, we took lunch at 12:00 and arrived at 23:00 without any food! We didn't had snacks with us haha.. oopsie!

    Then we arrived and since La Paz is a big city we decided to go straight to the hotel, cause it was night and probably dangerous.

    So we went to sleep without food, diet day for us haha!

    The next day we visited the city and did a free tour. There is a big Dutch community in La Paz, quite funny. Friday night we flew to Uyuni, the south of Bolivia. We met with two friends of Iris, Juliette and Roos. They are from her study period in Utrecht. This picture is of Saturday morning before the tour starts.
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  • Day46

    Salar de Uyuni - day 3

    November 20, 2017 in Bolivia

    On the third day we woke up early and drove a lot of hours. We visited a lake and some interesting rocks of volcano stone. They got shaped by wind, water and sand.

    The picture of the flamingos is from the day before actually.

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