My Bolivia itinerary - a road trip to get in touch with nature and get to know other culture, eat different food and just get lost in the vastness of the andes and its ancient magic.
South AmericaBolivia5 days / February 2015
Highs & Lows
The salt desert of Uyuni is one out-of-this-world view not to be missed if your traveling to Bolivia.
Weather is usually very cold even in summer months, so be prepared. Also be nice to bolivians and they will be nice to you
Since we arrived in Bolivia we couldn't but notice the warmth of its people, they were celebrating the carnaval in this time of the year so there was a very festive mood, people were dancing and drinking on the streets of Villazon (one of the southern borders in which we entered the country). we spent a night there and first thing in the morning we traveled by bus to Uyuni. It was a long trip in a not so comfortable bus, but still the mood was very festive and I could enjoy some incredible views of this amazing Andes plateau.
We arrived late that night to Uyuni so we slept in a hostel (there are several since its a very touristic place) Next morning we took a one day tour to the salt desert (there are other longer tours available). First stop on our tour was "cementerio de trenes" which is a very film-like place where old rusted trains are placed in the middle of the desert, beautiful location to take pictures. then we headed the salt flats. Getting into this amazingly white space makes you feel small. It is quite an unusual view, we get to walk around, visit some locations in the desert like the water mirror, have a very nice picnic lunch and went back to the town.
Next we took a very comfortable "bed-bus" to La Paz. it was a very smooth trip.
When we get to the city an incredible valley view opened in front of us, its a very interesting city from its geography to its culture and people. Some places we visited while there were "La feria del alto" which is a fair where you can litteraly find anything, located in a very high place in the city so the view is privileged. Another place to visit is "el mercado de las brujas" which is a zone in La Paz downtown where you can find cafes, souvenir stores, restaurants, street art, and some interesting shops and bars. Nearby theres a place called "El valle de la luna" which is a valley that resembles a moon landscape, you can go visit and walk around, there's easy transport to the place and back, no more than half an hour.
You can also ride the city's cable which can be both touristic and a transport for citizens.
Our last stop in our trip was Copacabana and La isla del sol, both located in Titicaca lake, which is the highest placed large lake in the world.
It's amazing its resemblance to the sea in contrast to the high cold mountains. This place is very sacred to andean cultures and you can feel the magic flowing in the air. From Copacabana we took a boat to La isla del Sol where we spent the night in a very simple and cozy hostel in front of the lake. There were still some celebrations of the carnival going on so the general mood was always festive. Next morning we took the most amazing walk through the island to get to Pucara, a small town where we had lunch and took boat back to Copacabana and continue the journey.
Q & A
What would you have changed?I would have stayed a little more time in Uyuni to make a longer tour to the Salt desert. It's an amazing place to explore. Same thing in La isla del sol, it's a perfect place to find peace and be relaxed and in touch with nature.
Anything go wrong during the trip?It's not always easy to find places to exchange money so it's better if you plan your expenses during your Bolivian adventures. Although prices are not very high.
Tips you would give a friend?First tip would be to go with an opened mind because in Bolivia culture is very important and it shows, so always be respectful. The weather is usually cold so be prepared for that, no matter the time of the year.