The island of the Sun (La Isla del Sol) is the most sacred place and the birthplace of the sun god and the Incas. According to the myths, it was here where the god Viracocha commanded the Sun and Moon to rise from the waters.Thus he became Sun God as well as Storm God. He then created the first human beings, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo and instructed them to educate the world.
“Babe, I’m so excited for our Amazon Jungle trip. It will be my best birthday ever!” was the last thing I said to Ian before we got picked up from Coroico by our tour company…
While choosing the tour company we opted for a slightly different itinerary as most people fly from La Paz to Rurrenabaque (the best place to experience the Amazon jungle in Bolivia) to start their tour there. Since we really didn’t want to go back along the Coroico – La Paz route again and there were no flights from Coroico to Rurrenabaque, we looked for a different option, ideally leaving from Coroico. What surprised us the most was that out of hundreds of tour companies offering tours into the Bolivian Amazon, there was only one company organizing a tour from Coroico considering the bus route to Rurrenabaque goes directly through Coroico. After not having had many options with tour companies, we decided to go with Deep Rainforest.
The road leading to Coroico is definitely not for the faint hearted, even if it is now along a new paved road rather than the so called “Death Road”. However, the scenery that welcomes you is absolutely worth the journey… And this place was what the doctor had ordered after spending a day food poisoned in La Paz. Continue reading
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