Bolivia Journals

Beyond the Death Road

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A travel journal to Bolivia by SeenThat

Sunrise Photo, El Beni, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: Exploring the non-touristy parts of the Death Road and what’s beyond it

Death Road (El Camino de la Muerte)

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Attraction | "Beyond the Death Road"

Death Road (El Camino de la Muerte) Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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I had arrived from Tarija frozen. The last leg on the plateau was so cold that the passengers’ breath vapors condensed on the windows and then solidified into ice within the bus. Once in La Paz it was clear I needed a warmer place; going beyond the Death Road was an attractive option.WarningThe trip described in this journal reaches Trinidad through the harshest and most dangerous path. I traveled during the dry season and even then it was unsafe. During the rainy se...Read More

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

Caranavi

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Barbecued Guts Photo, Caranavi, Bolivia
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"It’s like Coroico, but smaller, less important and deeper in the Amazonian Basin," was what my Bolivian friends told me about Caranavi. With such an introduction, my delaying a visit there was expected. Once there, I found they were very wrong. It isn’t right to expect from people who never traveled to describe accurately places they barely know. Moreover, the relevant traveling parameters are a mystery to them. Looking at a map can always help judging such claims. Coroico is a resort town on a hill; it is reached via a detour from the Death Road at Yolosa. Caranavi is about forty kilometers de...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2011

Cafeteria Sublime

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Restaurant | "Sublime?"

Cafeteria Sublime Photo, Caranavi, Bolivia
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As said, I crossed Caranavi twice in this trip. Eating and stocking up on tasty snacks was unavoidable during both of them. In the second visit, I found myself there at a perfect timing for breakfast and very hungry since the bus had suffered serious delays (worse was to come). The bus parked near the bus terminal and I found myself staring at a row of restaurants, all of the offering "Desayuno Completo" (Complete Breakfast). How was I supposed to choose among them? Trying to design the perfect plan for this task, I was distracted by a policeman running in my direction and shouting wildly. He was armed. He bypassed me (was I transparent?) and stopped by the bus door. He told the bus to unblock the ter...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 3, 2011

Cafeteria Sublime
In Front Of Bus Terminal
Caranavi, Bolivia

Beni Department

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Attraction | "In the Beni"

Bus Barge Photo, El Beni, Bolivia
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The parking bus moved violently and awakened me. It was dawn, but it wasn’t cold, at least not so in comparison to the frozen highlands I left the day before. Around the bus everything was flat, but I still couldn’t see enough to judge if there were any mountains nearby. A sign at the bus company office – that’s where we stopped – said "Yucumo Branch." Later in the trip I learned the importance of this apparently insignificant stop.After the driver dropped a few packages at the office, we left. The landscape, barely illuminated by the weak sunlight, was completely flat; gone were the mountains, steep hills and rainforest of the trip’s first leg. A few hills could just be seen in the direct...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 2, 2011

Beni

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Sunrise Photo, El Beni, Bolivia
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At the center of South America, what is now Bolivia was a central player in the complex history of this continent. The Inca Empire was born here by the migration of people from the Altiplano to ...Read More

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Tel Aviv, Israel