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  • Salinas and Aguada Blanca Natural Reserve

    Arequipa is often considered as the most beautiful Peruvian city and this is not only due to its beautiful historical centre, but also to the landscape around it. Across Arequipa and Moquegua departments is located the National Reserve of Salinas & Aguada Blanca, a wonderful natural park that makes Southern Peru a really interesting area to visit.

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  • Colca Canyon Trek

    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

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  • Yanacachi - a Pagan Past

    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 Continue reading

  • Hiking the Inca Trail

    Hiking to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail iss 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.

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  • Zebras in La Paz

    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

  • World's Most Dangerous Road with Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking.

    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.

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  • San Pedro's Cave

    Sorata is a most The lagoon inside San Pedro's cavepopular 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

  • Bolivian Wine

    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

  • Vinapho - Pho in La Paz - Vietnamese Food

    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

  • Jawitas - the best cheese pastry you will ever try

    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

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