Bolivia Journals

Bolivian Travel Stories

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A travel journal to Bolivia by SeenThat

Charquekaneria El Fogon Photo, Oruro, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: On what may happen while traveling on the Andean High Plateau

La Paz Bus Terminal

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Attraction | "Between Two Terminals"

La Paz Bus Terminal Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
Quote:
"SeenThat was wrong!" the traveler exclaims as the bus leaves the La Paz Bus Terminal with only a few minutes delay. Then, as soon as the bus reaches what looks like the main road next to the building’s entrance, it makes a sharp turn and re-enters the terminal from its other side. Some doubts appear in the traveler mind, but he soon drops them. Unceremoniously, the bus leaves again the terminal through a rapid access ramp to the only highway in Bolivia. Connecting La Paz with El Alto, it is 14 kilometers long. As the bus speed up towards the Andean High Plateau, the traveler repeats with satisfaction "SeenThat was wrong!"Interlude: 100 Years before ThatWhy travel by bus...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2010

La Paz Bus Terminal
Plaza Antofagasta
La Paz, Bolivia

Altiplano - Andean High Plateau Photo, Bolivia, South America
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Comparing between the Andes and the Himalayas is almost unavoidable for travelers that have seen both of them. The Himalayas are much higher; the Bolivian Andes highest peaks are more than 2000 meters lower than the highest Nepali Himalayas. Yet, both ranges are home to large plateaus: the Tibetan one for the Himalayas and the Altiplano for the Andes. Here, the situation reverses, the Altiplano is slightly higher than most of the Tibetan Plateau. The Rocky Mountains also featu...Read More

Charquekaneria El Fogon

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Restaurant | "Charque Kan"

Charquekaneria El Fogon Photo, Oruro, Bolivia
Quote:
Even the most planned travels can get unexpected spins. I knew I was going to review Charquekaneria El Fogon for my Socavon journal even before I reached Oruro. Simply, it offers one of the most authentic versions of Charque Kan, the most distinctive dish of the Andean High Plateau area. Yet, the unpredicted end of this adventure earned it a different journal.Charque Khan OrureñoCharque Khan Orureño (Oruro’s Charque Khan) is the name given to this dish elsewhere in Bolivia; the first word may sound somewhat familiar to American readers, and with a good reason. In the Americas the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2010

Charquekaneria El Fogon
Brasil 5021, Bus Terminal
Oruro, Bolivia

Soaring Sights

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Oruro Photo, Oruro, Bolivia
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An almost unique spot on the planet, the Altiplano is worth a visit not only for the sake of saying "I was there." Extreme places offer unusual views and not less odd cultures; both of these aspects transform the Altiplano into a remarkable destination. This is one of the few destinations in the world where glaciers and rainforest can be seen from a single spot.High CitiesCities at extreme altitudes demand acclimatization, and not only to the elevation. The temperatures can vary fast and more often than not the cities are cold, forcing the denizens to be act...Read More

Seeking for the Old Iron Rooster

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Oruro's Railway Photo, Oruro, Bolivia
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I was at the touristic information booth next to Oruro’s bus terminal. Bad news had just been communicated to me. The nearest train museum was at Machacamarca, some 30 kilometers away from town. Moreover, minivans leading there departed only from Avenida del Ejercito corner Tacna, a spot that was in other part of the downtown area. That meant I won’t be able to reach the museum in this trip due to time constrains.Yet, I knew there were some old roosters in display here. I asked again and this time I was told that if speaking with the clerks at the railway station, I may be granted access. Thanking hurriedly, I left the place and rushed to the station; it was getting late.The...Read More

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