After a three-hour bus ride, we arrive to the town of Chivay, the starting point of Colca Canyon where you have breakfast, after that, you set off to see condors-- the best area to see wild condors in South America. Continue reading
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For a two-day trek, the buses usually pick from Arequipa between 3:00 / 3.30 AM and then take you to the town of Chivay in the canyon regions. In the way to Chuivay, we make a few stops to see vicuñas, llamas and other Andean animals such as alpacas and vizcachas. The road goes up to 4,900 meters above the sea level, so a period of acclimatization in high altitudes is always recommended before starting the tour. At the highest point, there's a small artisan market and a look-out. The landscape is very rocky and desert-y.
A little less than 500 years ago, it did not matter what Fray Diego Ortiz would order to indoctrinate the Catholic faith in the Indigenous peoples of Yanacachi. The Inca and their belief were there long before the Spanish. Today, this heavenly place conserves characteristics that only can be found there, together with its calmness and its stunning scenery.
Walking in Yanacachi's street, focus shifts towards the houses that were built with flagstone, images that easily transport us to the past. Continue reading
Hiking to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail it's truly amazing. Standing 4000 meters high on the mountains, looking out over the Andes, and knowing that I hiked to get there, humbled me and filled me with pride at the same time. I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I won’t lie though, it took work but it was worth it.
Easy on the first day, with a gentle start along a wide path that passed through the Sacred Valley. Described as ‘Inca Flat’, the trail starts alongside the Urubamba River and you slowly gain altitude. Continue reading
Before I arrived in Bolivia, I was told I would be able to find animals I have always dreamed of seeing since I was a child. "At last!" I thought: condors, eagles, jaguars, caimans... I definitely did know that Bolivia was one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and I was kind of ready for that. In spite of this though, La Paz still managed to surprise me. Continue reading
Biking is a very popular sport, and pastime to many around the world. To those adventurous cyclists, the World's Most Dangerous Road is a must-do-- attracted to the adrenaline and beautiful scenery, people, experienced and inexperienced, flock to the "deadliest" road in the world. The road gained its name due to the countless traffic accidents during many years, but, with the opening of a new paved road in 2006, the Death Road has become a, though you still see a few cars here and there, a tourist destinations for those seeking the thrill.
I consider myself an cycling aficionado, but I never thought about doing the Death Road until I had a chance, and without really thinking twice, I booked a tour with Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking. Next thing you know, I found myself signing my life away in a beautiful La Paz morning. The excitement took over the fear as my group and I were getting briefed by our guide, Kieran, in our way to La Cumbre.
Sorata is a most popular destination for Bolivians who want to escape the chaos of La Paz for a couple of days - a typical weekend getaway. It is located at some 3/4 hours from La Paz in a paradisaical valley at the foot of the Illampu-Ankhoma massif, therefore being a must-go for all climbers interested in attempting to reach the peak of these sacred mountains. The main attraction close by to Sorata (aside from the trekking and climbing) is San Pedro's cave ("la Gruta de San Pedro"), a place that, just like many other places in Bolivia, is surrounded by mystery and incredible stories. Continue reading
With its neighbors Argentina and Chile taking all the wine related head lines the Bolivia Wine industry has always been left in the shadows and is little know throughout the world but those visiting Bolivia that sample its high altitude wines are pleasantly surprised by the options of offer.
Bolivian wines are mostly produced in the Southern part of the country in Tarja region and surrounding areas, most famously in the Valley of Concepcion located about 1 hours drive from the city. This means the vineyards that grow the grapes for production are amongst the highest in the world at an altitude of around 2000 meters Continue reading
It was a pleasant surprise to find a pho restaurant in the high altitude of La Paz. For those who love Asian food, especially Pho, Vinapho is the place to go. Though they offer Thai dishes as well, pho is definitely the highlight.
The restaurant itself is located in one of the nicest neighborhoods of La Paz-- Sopocachi, with very good atmosphere, and excellent service. Continue reading
The town of Chulumani ,capital of the South Yungas region of Bolivia has long served up a famous type of cheese pastie in a small bakery on the plaza. Those that visited the town would always sample the snack and often take a quantity away with them for family or friends in La Paz (although nothing beats eating them fresh). Similar to the commonly available "Llachua" pasties that you can buy all over La Paz from small cafes, street sellers and other outlets and even in other parts of the country these are a class above. Jawitas are without a doubt the best cheese pasties you will ever try. Whilst Chulumani is famous for its Jawitas they are considered to be from the Yungas area in general Continue reading
Public transport in La Paz is definitely not like what you might be used to, no matter where you come from. It is not as bad as it might look like though, in spite of the lack of set times and schedule - but still, it is not easy to understand and most of the tourists would rather pay a bit more for a taxi ride rather than boarding a minibus and risk getting lost in some unknown dark part of the city. That is perfectly understandable and will definitely save you a lot of time.
Still, there are a couple of tips you should know in order to avoid disappointment.
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