Salar de Uyuni Journals

High Times: a Month in Bolivia

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A travel journal to Salar de Uyuni by Niiko

Salar de Uyuni Photo, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: The collected ramblings of a July spent crossing Bolivia, from the border town of Villazon in the south to Copacabana on Lake Titicaca in the north-west. High and low, hot and cold - a whistlestop tour of a fascinating nation.

Tupiza

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The Wild South-West Photo, Tupiza, Bolivia
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"The next time I say, "Let’s go someplace like Bolivia", let’s GO someplace like Bolivia …"(Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: 1969)Indeed, the next time infamous outlaw Cassidy said this, the pair did make their way to Bolivia, where the bank-robbing habit once again proved too tough to kick. For once, though, luck wasn’t on their side, and Butch and Sundance met their ends on a sun-parched hillside just outside of Tupiza, in the south of the country.A dusty, sleepy little town some forty or so miles from the Argentinean border, Tupiza has two main draws for tourists (or three if you count simply being an infinitely more agreeable place than border town Villazon f...Read More

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Ruins of Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco)

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Attraction | "What The Lake Left Behind"

Ruins of Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco) Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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When it comes to ruins, perhaps I peaked too early. Visiting Peru four years before Bolivia, and Mexico three, I've been fortunate enough to see some of the most celebrated piles of stone Latin America has to offer. After the likes of Chichen Itza, Palenque and Machu Picchu, there are no end of fantastic sites to visit, but perhaps not on quite the same scale. Tiahuanaco/Tiwanaku is today a UNESCO world heritage site, and stands as the remnants of a pre-Hispanic, pre-Inca civilisation that fell and dissipated two hundred years before the more famous Peruvian dynasty was born. Located about an hour's drive west of Bolivia's capital La Paz, the site is a popular day's excursion, and has been...Read More

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Ruins of Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco)
Near Shores Of Lake Titicaca
Bolivia, South America

Well Worth Its Salt

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Tupiza Bank Photo, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
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It's about half five in the morning, it's pitch-black, and it's minus-a-lot-degrees. I haven't had a proper wash in four days and I've been consistently cold for just about all that time - although I'm also sunburnt, somehow. Standing in the midst of a great empty plain, I'm not getting any warmer - and the sun doesn't seem to be in any hurry to rise. Rise it does, however, and the icy waiting starts to pay off. With nothing to interrupt them, our shadows stretch far behind us, long, blueish, parallel lines cast by our legs. In every direction, nothing but a sea of white stands between you and the horizon; mildly disorientating, but quite stunning. It's still damn cold though. ...Read More

La Paz (General)

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Central La Paz Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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La Paz is occasionally dubbed the highest capital city in the world - this is partly true; lowland Sucre is Bolivia's constitutional capital, although 4,000 metre-high La Paz certainly plays the central role of the nation's cities. Its considerable altitude has hit the headlines of late after football's world governing body, FIFA, banned matches being played in the city, tired of the tendencies of Bolivia and its Andean neighbours, Ecuador and Peru, to switch home matches against the continent's big guns to high-altitude venues, handing them a distinct advantage while their opponents labour in the thin air. This caused considerable outrage amongst the Andean nations, fiercely defensive of ...Read More

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Copacabana (General)

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Copacabana Cathedral Photo, Copacabana, Bolivia
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Outside the Cathedral, all whitewashed Moorish curves against rich blue sky, crowds mill, garlands are passed and the Priest performs his blessings. Those receiving the goodwill are dressed for the occasion, bedecked with flowers, and have been polished to a gleaming finish. Car blessings are a big thing in Copacabana, just east of the Peru-Bolivia border - I'm told they're the chosen alternative of the many drivers who can't afford insurance, opting for the divine form instead. Anywhere else I might assume this is a joke, but in Bolivia it's all too plausible. This may not be the most famous Copacabana in South America, but much like its better-known namesake in Brazil, it takes in a cele...Read More

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