Bolivia and some nice places near the capital of a small country
Highs & Lows
Food is good and people really lovely
It is a place to keep warm forever. really cold
Bolivia is one of the gems of Andean America. I traveled through the country three times, covering a good part of the territory from the Argentine border, passing through Tarija, Sucre and Potosí to La Paz and Titicaca, and from the Paraguayan border via Camiri to Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Samaipata, including the Ruta of Che. I still have to get to know Uyuni and the Amazonian departments. I compensate with very little visited Quechua communities near Sucre and other similar communities of the Guaraní ethnic group, the Chaco de Chuquisaca.
The best time to visit Bolivia is from June to September, during winter, which coincides with the high season (European holidays). At this time the temperatures of the Altiplano, with its arid and cold climate, move between 5 to 15 degrees, falling to 0 at night, so you should wear good warm clothing. In Sucre, for example, the arc is 13 to 19 degrees.
Eating in Bolivia is not a privilege but a right. What a pompous phrase you will say, but it is true. While in Argentina we associate the word restaurant or "eating out" with special occasions, Bolivia and much of South America are full of small dining rooms, restaurants, market stalls and street food. First of all, crossing the border of Villazón is to cross the threshold, welcome to planet earth, in which 80% of people sit down to eat for a few coins anywhere.
The most common beer is Paceña, brewed at an altitude of 3,600 meters with glacial meltwater. In bars it costs between 22 and 30 Bs (liter). If you're a stout lover like me, look for Paceña Black. If you are looking for a strong beer, an interesting option is also Judas, a double-fermented Belgian-style golden ale with an alcohol content of 8%.
we travelled around this nice and little country. I will explain everyplace with the fotos and my experience.
TUPIZA, UYUNI, Y COCHABAMBA.
Going up from La Quiaca, this is a good place to stop over on the way to Sucre and Potosí, and it is also a base for excursions to the Salar de Uyuni. In itself Tupiza is famous for the landscapes that surround it, such as an area of eroded valleys and canyons called "El Sillar", which many choose to travel on horseback, as did the famous bandits Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, who after escaping The United States robbed banks in South America and took refuge in the area in 1908.
The town of Uyuni, in itself, is only useful as a base to hire excursions, and for the spectacular Uyuni train cemetery, an open-air museum where an assembly of old steam locomotives and wagons, arrived in 1889 to serve on the line with Antofagasta, then a Bolivian port on the Pacific is slowly but elegantly rusting before an implacable white horizon.
Cochabamba is a city of Mediterranean vitality, with a huge university population and one of the best gastronomic scenes in Bolivia. Being less visited, accommodation prices are lower than those in Sucre or La Paz. Among its attractions are the Archaeological Museum (with displays on each Bolivian indigenous culture), the rococo splendor of the Santo Domingo Church, the San Francisco convent, the Portales Palace, a 1927 European-style mansion that illustrates the opulent style of life of the tin barons. I did not visit it, both you and I should have it on the agenda.
Q & A
What would you have changed?eating in everyplace. it is good food but not to eat everywhere on the street
Anything go wrong during the trip?maybe the buses and too hot places
Restaurant recommendations?food delicious, variety, well served
Tips you would give a friend?to visit salar de uyuni, and talk with locals, they are such nice people
Packing tips?water, little bag, not to heavy. fresh and comfort first
Transportation Tips?bus, but the best company because some of them are really bad
Any surprises?yes the prices are so low, really cheap
Booking details?used tripadvisor and book the same day we reach the town