Published: May 12th 2006May 10th 2006
sunrise in the jungle
even when traveling I sometimes have to get up early, but this it was worth it
After having a good weekend in La Paz, it was time again for some action. Ever heard of the Death Road??? I already too many times before, and now it was finally time to get myself on a mountain bike and see for myself if the deathroad is that deatly!! We started with a groep of 9 other dare-devils and they took us by car to 4600 meters.
Got the bike and they sort of say go for it, although we had to stay behind a guide. 3 times big problems with the bike, for the rest lots of downhill speed and lots of fun and we all made it safe till 1100 meters.
Long nice decent trough great scenery. Sometimes just 30 centemeters biking along a big cliff of more that 300 meters......yeah people do this for fun....
In the town of Coroico where the bike ride ended, I was looking for some kayaking!! the good information of the Lonelyplanet told me this was the best place in Bolivia to do it!! And it WAS....The locals didn't even know what kayaking was and when I found a Gringo that lived there he told me that the French guys that did
Nice Biking EH??
Just the scenery is already fantastic, but even better speeding down the road
it left the place 2 years ago...........
Luckily there are heaps of great stuff to do in Bolivia so I continued my way to Rurrenabaque, the start point to explore the Amazon Basin in Bolivia.
Met up with an english guy in the bus, who was in to some good action so together we booked a 4 day jungle trip...we wanted to go a bit further than the standard 2 or 3 days.
After an amazing boat ride we arrived in Base Camp...all the luxury of a bed and some hammocs to chill out!! Nice hiking on the trails, chasing wild boars, staring to this tiny spott in the tree from wich the guide says it's a monkey!! real fun.
Second day another trail close to base camp and we were lucky to see turtles, macaws and a coral snake.....no anti venom for this extremely poisonous snake, so I could'nt get a close up pickture of this bastard!!
For us our jungle trip started in the afternoon of the second day....backpacks on our back, no other people more besides the guide and the cook, and now we started to get a bit futher.
The more basic the better,
nice small road in this huge valley
to give you an impression of the road we biked
swinging on lians, balancing over small trees and a bit of bushwalking to the dense jungle.
The third day we even had to make our own camp, and the best thing was this swimming hole were we could finally wash our sweat of.
Great trip, bit exhousting becouse we woke up many times at night to do some wildlife spotting (read listening to the sounds that the animals made).
When we came back in Rurre I wanted to fly back to La Paz....but he flight was delayed till the next day. No other option than go for a beer and participate in the Bolivian National Sport of Karaoke......yeah we had fun
There are more photos below