Bolivia Journals

Mount Illimani

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A travel journal to Bolivia by SeenThat

Mount Illimani Photo, Bolivia, South America More Photos
Quote: On a Bolivian giant and its neighbors

Mount Illimani

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Mount Illimani Photo, Bolivia, South America
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Few cities’ landscapes are so dominated by a single mountain as La Paz is. The main axis of the city runs from northwest to southeast, culminating on the imposing Mount Illimani. (I already commented on the counter-intuitive setup of the city and its main mount in the Calacoto journal.)The city is trapped between Mount Illimani and the Altiplano – the Andean High Plateau. Rugged terrain may fold in strange angles and cause unexpected views. A sunset behind the Andean High Plateau c...Read More

Reaching Palca

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Road to Palca Photo, Bolivia, South America
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Traveling in Bolivia is not easy. I commented in the past about the surprising lack of roads – even Laos rates much higher in this category – and the inefficient network of public transport. Traveling from one Departamento (the main administrative division of Bolivia) to another is possible only along the roads connecting their capital cities. This is highly inconvenient. For example, traveling from La Paz to Oruro via ...Read More

Palca

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Attraction | "What Else Could Marco Polo Ask for?"

Palca, Church Photo, Palca, Bolivia
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Why Palca?Most visitors to Bolivia would attempt to include in the trip locations on the plateau, the high valleys and the Amazonian Basin. That makes sense since it provides views of the main landscape areas in the country. In the category of High Valleys, most travelers reach Cochabamba or Sorata. The first is roughly at the center of Bolivia, making it a comfortable stop while traveling between ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2010

Central Plaza Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Almuerzo Boliviano"

Palca - Lamb Photo, Palca, Bolivia
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On Almuerzo Boliviano"Almuerzo" is Spanish for "lunch." Yet, being an isolated society, Bolivia did adapt this term – as many others – to its peculiar traditions and extreme climatic conditions. Most places advertising "almuerzo" mean they are offering set lunches. "Platos extra," i.e. "extra-dishes," is added when other options are available.Despite the options being varied, assessing what is offered for an "almuerzo" is easy from just one look at the establishment. The ideal Bolivian lunch includes an entrée, a soup, a main dish and a dessert. If a lunch costs less than 10 BOB (roughly $1.5), it means some sacrifices had been performed on the ideal. Between 15 an...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 30, 2010

La Ceja

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Attraction | "Looking at Half of the Cordillera Real"

Iglesia San Francisco Photo, Bolivia, South America
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Unluckily UnavoidableUnluckily, writing such a journal without mentioning La Ceja is impossible. Moreover, visiting Bolivia and avoiding at least a short pass through La Ceja is not possible."Unluckily Unavoidable" is a proper definition for what is with little doubt one of the most dangerous spots on earth. The main connection point between the twin cities of La Paz and El Alto is deadly; people are killed here for a cell phone. Passing there after night will result in a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2010

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