Lago de Titicaca is located between Bolivia and Peru at an altitude of about 3.800m. With a size of 8400 sq-km it has a lot to offer. Pre-Incan cultures connected the lake with mystical events. The highlight of a trip to the lake is definitely Isla del Sol. The Incas identified the island as the birthplace of the sun. Many Quechua and Aymara people still believe that they originate from the first Incas, Manco Capac and Mama Oclo, who mystically appeared on Isla del Sol under direct order from the sun (the sun is a god in Inca believes). more „The birthplace of the sun“
La Paz is located at an altitude of about 3.600 meter (depending where you are). It is based in a valley surrounded by the high mountains of the Altiplano. It is also the seat of the Bolivian government. more „Beautiful La Paz“
From 4.700m to 1.300m in 4 hours and 70km on the most dangerous road in the world – on a mountain bike. We survived!
more „We survived the Death Road!“
Samaipata – somewhere between the lowlands of Santa Cruz and Sucre at 2.750m. After a really bumpy and scarry bus ride through the night we arrived in Samaipata at 3 am. With an altitude of only 1.650m it was finally warm again! The sleepy village is the starting point for tour to Amboró National Park and also close to El Fuerte ruins. The village itself doesn´t have many sights, but it is nice to relax for a few days or after an exhausting day of hiking. more „Cloud forest & our first Inca ruins in Samaipata“
The „white city“ and the official capital of Bolivia, Sucre is just a lovely city. We stayed here for a while and really enjoyed it. Here are some reasons to spent some time here:
more „So many reasons to stay in Sucre…“
Have you heard of Potosí in Bolivia? Apart from being one of the highest cities in the world with an altitude of 4.090m, you should know it for once being the largest city in America. more „En las minas de Potosí“
There are two ways to get from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in Bolivia. You can either get a direct bus or go on a three-day jeep tour. The tour takes you to high altitude and includes some of the most beautiful places of our planet. Volcanos, lagoons, geysiers and at the end the biggest salt flat of the world – Salar de Uyuni. On the way you see thousands of flamingos and other birds, alpacas and lamas. This blog is more about pictures than about words. more „Jeep Tour from Chile to Bolivia“
Again another big part of our trip is over and we move to another continent. This is the time when our travel become somehow unreal and we can´t really believe what we are doing. We just got used to life in Australia, and now we are entering a whole new world. We are actually moving from Jens´ world to Sandra´s world. She lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina and San José, Costa Rica, so she is especially looking forward to coming back „home“. Our first stop is Chile, and Sandra has already been here 5 years ago.
We hope you enjoyed following our path through Australia and keep reading while we take you on a journey through South America. We have no flights booked, so the only plan we have right now is travelling along the west coast from Chile to Costa Rica. So look out for stories of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Panama as well.