Bolivia Journals

Between La Paz and Lake Titicaca

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A travel journal to Bolivia by SeenThat

Feria El Alto Photo, El Alto, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: An high plateau abruptly ending before its collision with one of the highest mountains in the continent, a deep blue lake with incredibly broken, fractal-like shores, old temples from various cultures, an Andean visa-run and the largest market in the world, share a place in this journal.

Between La Paz and Lake Titicaca

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El Alto Photo, El Alto, Bolivia
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HighlightsCopacabana: the main town by the lakeshore, it combines ancestral rites with pizzas and rowing boats. Virgin of Copacabana cars blessings, lakeshore weddings, believers climbing a hill on their knees and desiccated llamas fetuses can all be found here. Tiquina: the straits dividing the lake in two, offer awesome views of the Andean mountains and fresh trout from its lake farms. The impressive Illimani, the huge mountain defining La Paz' views, is seen here floating on the lake. Tito Yupanqui: a hidden village between Tiquina and Copacabana, it offers unspoiled looks of the Titicaca shoreline. Huge eucalyptuses shade local bushes and wild flowers; th...Read More

Feria Day in El Alto

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Feria El Alto Photo, El Alto, Bolivia
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Many years ago, when La Paz was a lonely city, an airport was constructed on the plateau above it and people began settling around it; years later, a new city was born out of the new neighborhoods, it was named El Alto. The limit between the cities is the dramatic rim separating the high plateau from the broken terrain leading to the lower valleys in the northern and eastern sides of the La Paz Department. Topographical singularities create wonderful sights; here, looking from...Read More

Cantuyo

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Some opportunities are too good to miss, and the invitation I got to visit Cantuyo, a tiny village 33km away from the Charaña border between Bolivia and Chile, seemed to be one of those. The border cross serve mainly big trucks bringing goods to Bolivia from Iquique, Chile, hence the public transport to the area is very poor. With that warning and detailed information of the way, I left La Paz at the first hours of the morning. I took one of the many minivans reaching La Ceja...Read More

An Andean Visa Run

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Titicaca Lake Photo, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
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Even long visas reach their end; visa runs are an inevitable part of a traveler's life. From La Paz, the easiest option is a short trip to Desaguadero, a town placed at the southern tip of the Titicaca Lake, from where it gets drained through the tiny Desaguadero River. The name itself, meaning drainage, hints to the place function. There, the Bolivian and Peruvian immigrations sit at opposite shores, separated by a very short bridge.Reaching the place is easy. If leaving from central La Paz, then the first step is to reach the Central Cemetery; an easy twenty minut...Read More

Copacabana and the Titicaca Lake

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Lake Titicaca and Illimani Mountain Photo, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
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Bolivians claim that the original Copacabana is theirs, and that the name was derived from an old Aymara name meaning "point of clouds." Rio de Janeiro's counterpart was, according to them, a Brazilian recognition of the place's holiness; the Titicaca Lake is considered sacred in the Quechua and Aymara cultures. Located by the shores of the Titicaca Lake, it offers excellent views of it. The Catholic Church transformed the place into a pilgrimage center, and, in the season, brave believers walk from La Paz to Copacabana and then climb a hill watching over the lake on their knees....Read More

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