As the sun sets on our time in Latin America, I find myself reflecting on our five month adventure. I’ll cherish the memories of trekking through the Andes, snowboarding down a volcano, swimming with turtles and river tubing through a cloud forest. But I have to admit there are some things I’ll be glad to […]
We found Bolivia’s cuisine to be palatable but not fantastic. Street food is widely available but is almost always deep fried, using oil that’s days old judging by the smell of it. We dabbled a little but are ashamed to admit that we preferred the gringo food joints.
If you enjoyed our Peru tips and are heading to land-locked Bolivia, read on for more survival do’s and don’ts….
We spent close to 8 weeks in Bolivia so this has been a difficult list to compile as we’ve seen, done and eaten so much!
It only took two minivans, a double decker bus and a taxi to get us to Sajama Village. The gruelling journey is one of the reasons there aren’t many gringos here, and that suited us just fine.
We’d been travelling for over a month and had been sharing dorms every night, we’ve loved it all but sometimes you need a little luxury and Cochabamba is where we found it.
As per usual we had to do things the hard way, it’s not that we plan it to be difficult, it’s more that we don’t plan at all then when it’s too late we realise we’re in the middle of nowhere with no ATMs, no English speakers and no buses.
A 5.45am alarm call is usually followed by a low growl and numerous slams on the snooze button for me. Not today, I was full of beans when the beeping started, immediately leaping out of bed and into the bathroom. After six weeks in Bolivia we were finally about to bike Death Road!
Leaving Potosi we were pretty excited about arriving in Sucre, everyone we’d met had raved about this city. The views from the bus journey alone were awesome with canyons, mountains and lots of expensive looking football pitches.
After our fun and games at the salt flats, it was time to start meandering our way back up Bolivia. First stop; Potosi for the mines and hot springs. Well that was the plan at least.