Bolivia
Río Orcajahuira

Here you’ll find travel reports about Río Orcajahuira. Discover travel destinations in Bolivia of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.

5 travelers at this place:

  • Day133

    La Paz

    November 30, 2017 in Bolivia

    A day spent wandering around La Paz. The Witches market sold potions for all sorts of ailments, although I'm not sure of some of the ingredients used. Calle Jean is a street with some old colonial buildings. The public transport is quite unique in this part of the world, a number of cable car lines are built throughout the city.
    Tonight we take our last night bus, splashing out with a full flat bed!Read more

  • Day170

    A Piece of La Paz

    January 15 in Bolivia

    Bolivia's other capital, La Paz, is situated in a canyon, surrounded by the Altiplano of El Alto, which also melds with Viacha to form a metropolis of about 2.3 million people. Flying Bolivana de Aviacion, we arrived to 10 degrees, after coming from 30 degrees in Santa Cruz. The difference in altitude also hit us hard. We had spent a week at a much lower altitude and we were no longer acclimatised to 3689m. After getting a bite to eat and obtaining our supplies for the next four days, we almost died climbing one the hills on our way to our accommodation. Even at a snail's pace, we needed to take several pit-stops to recuperate, although our destination was only a hundred metres away. Would we be able to overcome this mountain? Channelling Sir Edmund Hilary, we made it to the top (and still alive). Over the next four days, we would track this hill at least once, if not more, a day.

    Another staple in our La Paz diet was the Witches' Market, el mercado de brujas, where traditional medicine women still practise their ancient art. A sight we had seen in Santa Cruz and now in La Paz was dried-up llama foetuses (and baby llamas) hanging from the shop ceilings. We are not sure if it was the smell of the llamas or the smell from some of the other herbs and potions in the shop, but there was a distinctive aroma in the air that is still hard to get out of sensory memory. The llama foetuses, and baby llamas, are placed underneath new houses and buildings to appease Mother Earth. Rumours have it that larger buildings, such as apartment blocks or the new Telefério cable cars, that a sacrifice much greater is required and this is normally in the form of a homeless person. The rumours go even further by claiming that gringos (foreigners) are worth twice the amount of a local homeless person. Whether it is true or not, the acts would be considered illegal. But it does make for a great tale on the free walking tour of La Paz.

    One of the best ways to get an eagle's-eye view of the city is to take the recently built (and still expanding) cable car system, which is already the highest and longest cable car system in the world. On our third day, we set out to traverse three out of the five lines that take you across the majority of La Paz and up to El Alto. El Alto has a slighter larger population to La Paz and is situated at a much higher altitude (4150 metres). El Alto sits at the top of a cliff that seems to drop into the depths of hell. Along the top runs a road without any barriers and below it the remnants of cars that have misjudged the corner and ended up wedged in the cliff. As we walked around El Alto, we noticed very long queues of people holding folders and paperwork of some sought. We figured it couldn't have been to see a doctor because they are still on strike. It worked out to be the Bolivian equivalent of births, deaths and marriages/divorces.

    On our final day in La Paz, we ended up in the centre of the city, walking via the Penal de San Pedro, the famous Bolivian prison that is notorious for producing large amounts of cocaine. The prison is unique in many ways, not least that the prisoners have to pay for their cell and work jobs (to pay for their accommodation) and family also can live with the prisoners. The prison was made even more famous by an Australian author, Rusty Young, in his book ‘Marching Powder’. We arrived just as visiting hours were about to commence. Walking past the entrance, Jason decided to take a photo at the same moment that one of the visitors to the prison pointed out to Jason that photos are not permitted. Like Bonnie and Clyde (or is that Thelma and Louise), we thought we should make a quick getaway before Ricky is also waiting in line at visiting hours.

    We quickly moved onto the Plaza del Obelisco, where we were confronted with a mob of protestors walking down the main street of La Paz, chanting slogans about the proposed penal code. Another quick exit was required but this was difficult considering the altitude and the hill that we needed to traverse. Hobbling along as if we were senior citizens prior to a hip replacement, we made it to Plaza Murillo, the place where one of the revolutionaries, Pedro Murillo, was executed. Here, we stumbled upon television crews swarming all over the plaza. Surrounding the plaza are governmental buildings, including the residence of the Bolivian President, Evo Morales. Politicians were being interviewed, presumably about the protest and the penal code. If we had waited around, we would have seen the President address the media, but we thought we better keep moving.

    Next stop: Copacabana, Bolivia (Lake Titicaca).

    For video footage, see:
    https://youtu.be/PErJ8-kTDHM
    Read more

  • Day50

    A la campagne avec condortrekkers

    April 14, 2017 in Bolivia

    Aujourd'hui pour notre dernier jour de "treck" nous n'avons pas marché mais nous avons découvert beaucoup de connaissances culinaires de la campagne bolivienne.
    En effet, l'emploie du temps "normal" d'un tour de 3 jours avec Condortrekkers aurait voulu que l'on rentre en Micro à Sucré dans la matinée pour aller déjeuner au condor café, mais comme nous étions vendredi et que le condor café était fermé, Julio à eut la bonne idée de nous apprendre à cuisiner des recettes typiques dans le petit village de Potolo.
    Le matin après un petit déjeuner au soleil dans la cour de notre refuge nous sommes donc allé couper des maïs dans le champ d'une petite "mamita". Elle en à profité pour nous faire goûter une boisson typique composé d'alcool (Singa), de sucre et de lait. Le lait était tout frai ( directement trai de ces vaches au gobelet). Nous étions tous très sceptiques et pas vraiment ni en confiance ni en appétit (surtout à 10h du matin), mais il s'est avéré que c'était très bon et pas du tout écœurant ☺. Après nous sommes retournés dans la cour du refuge pour "égrainer" les maïs 🌽 tout en gardant les feuilles de côté pour la préparation des "humitas". Puis nous sommes allé chez une autre mamita pour moudre le maïs frai à l'aide d'une grosse pierre en forme de demie-lune. La pâte prête nous avons pu mettre à l'essaie nos talent d'origami culinaire. Après la cuisson au bain-marie nous avons enfin pu goûter nos créations et c'était plutôt bon (mais un peu trop copieux pour toute personne non-bolivienne 😂).
    Read more

  • Day55

    La Paz

    April 19, 2017 in Bolivia

    Nous sommes arrivés à La Paz au petit matin après avoir pris un bus de nuit depuis Sucré. L arrivé ce fait par l alto plato. La ville est impressionnante car elle est vraiment très étendue et enclavée entre les montagnes (un peu comme si elle s'était installée au centre d'un cratère). Nous avons passé la première journée à nous balader par nous même et à nous renseigner auprès des différentes agences pour les 2 excursions que nous souhaitions faire: la descente de la route de la mort en vélo et l'ascention du mont Huayna Potosi. Pour le deuxième jour que nous avons passé à La Paz, nous avons décidé de faire une visite guidée de la ville afin d'en apprendre plus sur son histoire et ses coutumes. La Paz (qui se situe à 3660m d'altitude) est le siège du gouvernement bolivien (elle est pour les Boliviens la capitale administrative du pays, Sucre étant la capitale constitutionnelle). Le tour nous en à appris un peu plis sur les Cholitas (les femmes en vêtements traditionnels boliviens): si elles portent leur chapeau melon droit sur leur têtes cela signifie qu'elles sont mariées ou dans une relation sérieuse. Si elles le portent de coté cela veut dire qu'elles sont célibataires. Enfin si elles le portent en arrière cela veut dire qu'elles sont "compliquées".Read more

  • Day73

    La Paz

    May 7 in Bolivia

    8,5 Stunden Busfahrt von Uyuni nach La Paz 80 Bolivianos 9,60€. In La Paz riecht es überall nach Benzin und es sind viele Minibusse unterwegs.
    Als erstes Stand ein Spaziergang auf dem Markt an, ehe es auf einen Hügel ging (Mirador Killi Killi). La Paz ist nicht gerade meine Lieblingsstadt. Unterkunft im Landscape International Hostel. Eine Nacht und schnell wieder weg

You might also know this place by the following names:

Río Orcajahuira, Rio Orcajahuira

Join us:

FindPenguins for iOS FindPenguins for Android

Sign up now