Without a doubt Bolivia has been our favourite country during the South America leg of the trip. The scenery is spectacular, the cities stunning and the people are clinging to their culture with all their might. We felt that northern Argentina was very heavily influenced by European culture and Peru doesn’t have the same commitment to its heritage but Bolivia, most of it was like stepping back in time.
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Stopping to take in the view from the trail
Isla del Sol, the tiny island in Bolivia that the Incas believed to be the birthplace of the sun. Situated just off the coast of Copacabana on the Bolivian side of enormous Lake Titicaca, it is a magical place that despite the many gringos who visit every day manages to retain a peaceful, pristine and idyllic quality.
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Looking down on La Paz
In between epic outdoor adventures we spent quite a lot of time city hopping in Bolivia. For people that enjoy wide open spaces and the peace of the countryside this is quite rare for us. We were longing to escape to quieter places toward the end but it was great to see 3 very different examples of Bolivian cities.
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Stunning flamingo lakes
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The evening before had been extremely cold, we slept at just under 16,000 ft in every piece of clothing we had with us and just about managed to stay warm. So it was with great relief that we saw the sun coming up on day 3. It’s not every day you get to sleep on top of the world on a vast tundra with a fair few flamingos toughing it out in a nearby pink lake so it was all worth it!
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The stunning Laguna Verde with Licancabur Volcano in the background
When you’ve been travelling continuously for as long as we have you start to get a little complacent with what you’re seeing every day. It becomes normal to be exposed to jaw dropping scenery and new cultures on a daily basis and you feel like you’re always striving for the next travel high. I had high expectations for the Bolivian South West Circuit but all of those expectations were blown completely out of the water by the real thing. It proves that no matter how long you do this for some places can still completely take your breath away. We travelled for 4 days across rugged terrain without seeing a single road, we covered just shy of 1000 km and saw the most varied scenery you could hope for. This trip goes down as one of the greatest experiences of my life.
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