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Visiting Bolivia

As a country of contrasts, from the peaks of the Andes to the humidity of the rainforest, it’s little wonder that Bolivia entertains two capitals, La Paz and Sucre. Even more astounding in a land plagued by poverty is the rich history evident in Bolivia’s indigenous people and cultural offerings. As a country of contrasts, from the peaks of the Andes to the humidity of the rainforest, it’s little wonder that Bolivia entertains two capitals, La Paz and Sucre. Even more astounding in a land plagued by poverty is the rich history evident in Bolivia’s indigenous people and cultural offerings.    Close

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How many carnivals are in La Paz?

Written by SeenThat on 24 May, 2012

"How many carnivals are in La Paz?" The nosy gringo asks the Bolivian travel agent. The latter visibly panics, despite his lethargic look; this is obviously a scary combination of emotions."What is this silly gringo talking about?" He is thinking. Instead of repeating his question…Read More


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Backpack

Written by SeenThat on 12 Apr, 2012

Holding my daypack with my left hand, I opened the door and left the building. Luis was waiting outside, with a posture reminiscent of a willing puppy. He was smiling and looking with interest at my small backpack."Let’s go," I said while making sure the…Read More


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Coffee and Coca

Written by SeenThat on 12 Apr, 2012

"La Hoyada" (the hole)—as locals call La Paz—is almost entirely constructed of unsteady brick and adobe houses clinging to cliffs at the most unexpected and wild places, especially on the remote edges of the rim. Every year, houses fell down during the rainy season. Under…Read More


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Zombies

Written by SeenThat on 12 Apr, 2012

At the hangar, the information booth was manned by a police officer; soon I would find them in every public building, often carrying large hunting guns."Where is the inexpensive guesthouses area?" I asked her with care. I still had difficulties pronouncing certain Spanish diphthongs."Go to…Read More


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Upwards

Written by SeenThat on 12 Apr, 2012

This bus trip was long and complicated. Once we began climbing the narrow road to the Andean High Plateau—Altiplano in Spanish—it became a nightmare of stops. Stops for food, stops for police checks, stops for toilets, stops for fixing some pothole in the pressed earth…Read More


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Reaching Bolivia

Written by SeenThat on 12 Apr, 2012

Next day, with just over one hundred American dollars left in my wallet, I took a bus to the Pocitos–Yacuiba border cross. Later on I discovered this had been a lousy choice. This trip advanced on the lowlands surrounding the Andean High Plateau. Thus, the…Read More


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Wet Carnival in Sorata

Written by SeenThat on 20 Feb, 2012

Wet Carnival in SorataAgainst all odds, at the beginning of 2012 I found myself still in La Paz. That meant carnival time, and a wet one for that. This rainy season is turning out as being the epitome of its kind, with overflowing rivers rushing…Read More


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First Snow

Written by SeenThat on 10 Aug, 2011

"Every day has four seasons," was one of the first sentences told to me by "Paceños" (people from La Paz, Bolivia)."It rains, gets hot, then cloudy and after that it goes back to the relentless windy cold," they continued. This definition of seasons was odd…Read More


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Anti-Killi Killi

Written by SeenThat on 30 Jun, 2011

In Killi Killi I presented what probably is the best viewpoint in La Paz. Yet, the city is located on a very broken terrain; meaning there is no single point allowing seeing everything. Killi Killi is gorgeous but it provides a wrong impression of the…Read More


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It’s Green!

Written by SeenThat on 07 Jun, 2011

The bus trip had been exceptional in several ways. The most unusual thing had been its relative silence: neither music nor movies had been played. Ignoring the chit chat of the passengers was easy, thus I was free to concentrate. Most of the trip I…Read More


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