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Sorata: the Upper Amazonian Basin

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A June 2007 trip to Sorata by SeenThat

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Quote: Just north of La Paz, the Andean High Plateau breaks down into the Upper Amazonian Basin which offers awesome views to the visitor.

Sorata: the Upper Amazonian Basin

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Waterfall Photo, Sorata, Bolivia
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Just north of La Paz, the Andean High Plateau breaks down into the Upper Amazonian Basin that offers awesome views to the visitor.HighlightsSorataThe Bolivian Shangri-La, Sorata is considered to be a top tourism destination in Bolivia. A small village of two thousand inhabitants, Sorata would be remembered by its visitors mainly due to its main square. Densely packed with tropical palms and altitude pines, which provide a magical foreground to the snowed Illampu Mountain, it provides a convincing proof of being halfway between the Andean High Plateau an...Read More
Waterfall Photo, Sorata, Bolivia
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Driving in BoliviaSpecial considerations should be kept in mind while driving in Bolivia. The roads are generally narrow and of a very low quality, and that means that the frequent encounters with drunken drivers, speeding buses or badly trained drivers are extremely dangerous. The best is to assume the driver in front of you won't be able to keep a steady route within his lane and that he may perform surprising and dangerous maneuvers. Another point of importance is the frequent tollgates. They are always present at the city's entrances, and exist also at random points between the cities...Read More

Sorata: the Single Postcard Village

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Waterfall Photo, Sorata, Bolivia
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The DreamInvariably, Bolivians mention Sorata as one of the most beautiful places in their country. They compare it to a mythical Shangri-La, placed in a narrow, faraway - almost lost - valley in the mountains. They will describe a difficult trip to a remote, magical place at the feet of the Illiampu Mountain, the Eden waiting to the visitors, and then will lament their inability to travel there. However, these arguments seem to be a fine example of South American imagination. The fifteen congregations of our (Lutheran) church in the county provided me with fifteen reasons to visit the ar...Read More

Trekking in Sorata and Bolivia

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Waterfall Photo, Sorata, Bolivia
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BackgroundIn the past I trekked extensively in Nepal, including the long version of the Everest Base Camp Trek. When I first arrived to the Andean High Plateau, the resemblance I found between Bolivia and Nepal was striking. The Andean Mountains seemed to be a replica of the Himalayas minus 2000m (~6700 feet). The Andean High Plateau had several similarities to the Tibetan Plateau, just north of Nepal. People in both countries looked similar and both built their ...Read More

The Community of Millipaya

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Bridge Photo, Sorata, Bolivia
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Rural BoliviaRural Bolivia is divided in counties, which are very loosely administered from a central village called the county's capital. Surrounding it are the "communities," tiny villages that are essentially autonomous in their affairs. The influence of the central government on those is minimal and de facto, the inhabitants are usually isolationists with very little interest to cooperate with the external world. Millipaya is an example to such a community within the Sorata County.LocationMillipaya is one of the highest communities in the county and it is subst...Read More

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