Bolivia Journals

Across the Death Road

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A travel journal to Bolivia by SeenThat

Death Road (El Camino de la Muerte) Photo, La Paz, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: Reaching Villa Fatima, La Cumbre, the Death Road, Coroico and other steep spots

Villa Fatima

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Attraction | "From Fatima Onwards"

Villa Fatima Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
Quote:
In Death Road Breakfasts I commented on a typical scene of La Paz: during the early hours of the morning – before the masses wake up at around 10 AM – vans loaded with bicycles can be seen picking up passengers at restaurants and hotels. They are about to begin their descent through the Death Road to Coroico. An alternative method of experiencing the Death Road relies on local transport. The main bus terminal is of no use for this; it serves only inter-departmental destinations and Coroico is within La Paz. As all northern destinations is served from a northern neighborhood known as V...Read More

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Villa Fatima
Villa Fatima
La Paz, Bolivia

Death Road (El Camino de la Muerte)

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Attraction | "Surviving the Death Road"

Death Road (El Camino de la Muerte) Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
Quote:
There was some criticism about my mentioning at the Death Road Breakfasts that travelers do die in the Death Road. Yet, this is a reality. After leaving Villa Fatima, the road begins gently climbing along a narrow valley. The villa is on the upper parts of La Paz – its mean altitude should be around 3800m – and La Cumbre, the first landmark along the way, is almost 4900m. Somewhere along this part of the way (see pictures) is the first police control stop (in Bolivia travel is highly controlled). A sign there states that in the last year thirty people died along the way to Coroico. One of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 20, 2010

Death Road (El Camino de la Muerte)
La Cumbre
La Paz, Bolivia

Coroico, Bolivia

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Attraction | "A Single-Postcard Town"

Coroico, Bolivia Photo, Coroico, Bolivia
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Coroico surprised me. I expected it to appear as Sorata had done: dramatically clinging on a mountain side far below the road. Instead, Coroico was almost invisible until we hit the bus terminus. Even then not much could be seen; the large terminal faced a cliff. Impressive green mountains were across it, and even a bit of snowy Mount Mururata could be seen in the distance. Coroico was just a name of the building side; the town itself seemed invisible. Was this the logical foundation for so many South American novels? Using a shiny front to hide … nothing.The large building...Read More

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Coroico, Bolivia
Nor Yungas Province, Western Bolivia
La Paz, Bolivia, South America

El Jatatal Cafe Restaurant

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Restaurant | "An Historic Breakfast"

El Jatatal Cafe Restaurant Photo, Coroico, Bolivia
Quote:
"I would enjoy the Yungas no matter what," ended the previous article of this journal. With this sentence scribbled in my notebook I decided to have a late breakfast. An important part of any trip is sampling local food; enjoying it seemed the perfect way of achieving my goal. Here the prospects of that were substantial since Coroico is the largest and most important town in the Bolivian Yungas, which is renown in Bolivia for its food.Yungas"Yungas" is a Quechua word meaning "warm place." The "y" is pronounced as the one in "yellow," the "u" as the "oo" in "spoon." Argentineans pronounce it "shoongas," but that’s not faithful to the Quechua word.This is the n...Read More

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El Jatatal Cafe Restaurant
Central Plaza
Coroico, Bolivia

Back Stube (Backstube)

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Restaurant | "Ice-cream on the Cliffs "

Back Stube (Backstube) Photo, Coroico, Bolivia
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"A Single-Postcard Town" I called Coroico in an entry of this journal but didn’t elaborate. If arriving at the town via the bus terminal, then this title is self explanatory. The structure is atop a cliff, watching over an extraordinary rainforest occupying most of the mountains across a stream invisible in the depths. The snowed Mount Mururata is barely visible in the distance, adding a bit of iced white to the picture. A tree with red flowers abounds in the area, adding more warm colors to this living postcard. Probably this is one of the few spots in the world were a thick rainforest and a snowed peak can be enjoyed on the same sight.However, that’s it. Beyond that, Coroico has no subst...Read More

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Back Stube (Backstube)
Calle Kennedy Near Main Plaza
Coroico, Bolivia

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