After making the easy decision to take a 30 minute flight from Sucre to La Paz instead of the 19hour bus ride along the road in Bolivia that is responsible for even more deaths than the notorious “Worlds Most Dangerous Road”, we landed in La Paz rather under-dressed and unprepared for the altitude. La Paz, being the worlds highest capital city at 3660m above sea level, is situated in a massive valley with stunning views of the monstrous Illimani volcano peeking out above the rim of the valley. The city itself seems as if it clinging to the steep sides of the valley which is continuously trying to shrug off the buildings and wash everything down the river that runs through the city. In short, it’s in a terrible location considering there is a massive, open, perfectly flat area, El Alto(where the airport is situated), just above the valley which is way more conducive to easy living. And walking along flat ground at that altitude is a hell of a lot better than having to hike up, what feels like the side of a mountain, one or two blocks to get anywhere in La Paz.
After the harsh environment of the Altiplano and our trip to Salar de Uyuni we were looking for a relaxing place to settle for a while. Sucre came to the rescue with its laid back atmosphere, friendly residents and gorgeous weather. Sucre is also known as the white city as the town is surrounded by well preserved white washed colonial buildings. It wasn’t before long that we fell for this beautiful town.
Our final day on this epic trip was spent on the fascinating Salar de Uyuni (World’s largest salt flat), the place Ian and I had been dying to see since we set off for our South America adventure. Continue reading
Our driver promised to take us to Laguna Colorada in the morning again as we didn’t have enough time enjoying the scenery the previous evening. The view in the morning as mesmerizing as it was in the evening. Continue reading
The Salt Flats in Bolivia were on the top of the list of places we wanted to visit in South America. I remember checking so many surrealistic pictures of Salar de Uyuni taken by fellow travelers inviting me to that dreamy world. So, when we got in a 4×4 for our 3 day tour from San Pedro de Atacama to the Salt flats in Uyuni, Bolivia, it all became so real. Ian and I were too excited for words.
We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy ride going through some of the highest altitudes at freezing temperatures but what was waiting at the end of this journey would be once in a lifetime experience. So, we put on all the layers of clothing we had and embarked upon an unforgettable trip.
Since we were constantly surrounded by some other worldly landscapes, I can’t help but let the pictures tell our story… Continue reading
The little desert town of San Pedro De Atacama has quite naturally boomed into a tourists favourite for the vast wealth of exquisite natural beauty surrounding it. This now means there are now more hostels and tour operators than anything else and all are pretty much offering the same tours. The town itself is a little oasis in a rather desolate landscape with single story adobe houses lining the narrow dusty streets. It kind of has a festival feel to it with its colourful shops, cafes and bars frequented by the young easy going residents with dreadlocks being a common sight. The streets are packed with people and at times it’s hard to walk which almost feels like trying to get through the crowds to see you favourite band on stage. Continue reading
When thinking of the bus ride from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama the following words and phrases come to mind; beautiful, long, incredible colours, foreign landscapes, gruelling! Continue reading