Category Archives: Bolivia

South for the flight home!

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Now its time to head back south to get a flight home from BA June 19. What we found out about the still continuing road blockade is that they are protesting a lack of public transportation. The blockade started ironically on the same day that the new 250 million dollar cable car system from this area El Alto to the center opened.… Read the rest

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The DEATH road Bolivia

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The big event for today is the famous DEATH road or Yungas road of Bolivia. This is a 69 km road to Coroico from the RN 3 about 56 km from La Paz. Leaving La Paz the RN 3 ascends to 4650 m (15,260 ft) at la Cumbre Pass and then descends to 1200 m (3,900 ft) at Coroico.… Read the rest

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La Paz Bolivia

Leaving Copacabana we headed the 143 km to La Paz.

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The views of Lake Titicaca and the snow coverd peaks of the Andes were awesome.

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The first step was to go 30 km to Tiquina where you need to get a launch to the other side of the lake at this narrows.… Read the rest

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Back to Bolivia if the road is not blocked again!

Leaving Chivay we headed back over the pass to 4800+ m and back to the highway northeast to Puno in 284 km. This route is also over a second pass to 4500 m. The view of the city and lake Titicaca are stunning

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We stayed in the same hotel and ate at the same good Chinese restaurant.… Read the rest

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Back across the border to Puno Peru


puno 7Buying gas here in Bolivia can be stressful since we have had people tell us they have been denied gas. It is true that the price of gas is highly subsidized here and so the price for the locals is low.… Read the rest

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Now we need to get back to Peru ASAP. This meant back tracking the 156 Km on the RN 5 to Potosi and then go 303 km north on the Pan-American to Oruro.

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The entire distance is under construction with constant desvios (detours).… Read the rest

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Sucre and Tarabuco

The 156 km drive from Potosi to Sucre is paved and incredible over the high mountains and plateaus.

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We passed through another toll and the ladies there were very interested in where we had come from.

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On the way there were several castle like buildings in the middle of nowhere.… Read the rest

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Potosi Bolivia

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The good news for today was that the 210 km out of Uyuni to the north and Potosi was paved! There is a 5 Bs toll here too. Leaving the salt we had 20 km of the dirt and then smooth pavement.… Read the rest

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Uyuni and the Salar de Uyuni

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The next day we all went out to the train cemetery to check out the metal. This is a major attraction, which is 3 km outside of the town of Uyuni along the old tracks. In 1892 the tracks were completed and this town was a major hub for trains carrying minerals to the coast.… Read the rest

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The border to Bolivia and getting to Uyuni!

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Today we are in for a big day with crossing the border to Bolivia (country number 16) and 210 km of dirt to Uyuni.

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In the morning we were up at 630 to make it to the border early as we expected a huge line up after the closure the day before.… Read the rest

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