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South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz October 20th 2014

Geo: -16.4983, -68.146We walked around town a bit in the morning while waiting for the bus departure. The scenery was once again amazing on the way back. We stopped at the ferry and were back at the La Paz cemetery district by 12:30 or so. We hailed a taxi at any price in the rain to take us back to our previous hotel to collecting our large bags that we left behind. I went out alone to find my bike agency and arrange my tour for Wednesday. Cost was $72 all inclusive. From the hotel we walked to the center of town and went inside some kind of market. Turns out it is basically a giant mall of commerce cubes, all built on weird sloped paths. I wasn't sure why someone would build 4 stories of ... read more
Copacabana, Bolivia from the roof
Copacabana, Bolivia from the roof
Copacabana, Bolivia from the roof

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Copacabana October 19th 2014

Geo: -16.1699, -69.0792Today's adventure is to cross the island to the south to Yumani then catch a ferry back to Copacabana on the mainland. By 7:45 we were winding our way through Challampa village toward the Inca ruins on the north end. The ticket booth is supposed to charge about $1 but it was not open yet. The reconstructed ruins were larger than I expected. The weather appeared to be turning for the worse and we considered sticking around to take shelter from the wind, sleet and rain in the ruins. Despite the wall of rain in the far distance, we pressed on and upward toward the unprotected rocky ridge. Not much further, in the windblown rain, a older man with glasses walking the other way said we had to buy a $2 ticket to use ... read more
Challampa at sunrise
Challampa at sunrise
Egg and Avacado

South America » Bolivia October 19th 2014

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South America » Bolivia October 18th 2014

Geo: -16.0167, -69.1667At first light we were abound trying to find a bus ride to Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The bus sitting right outside our hotel was already booked so we had to take a taxi over to the Cemetery district and catch a minibus (small 15 passenger van) for the four hour journey. The bus is of course a bit cramped for a 6ft+ tall person, my knees going to each side and providing even less space for Kevin. Halfway through the trip we were fortunate enough to hop off and take separate boats (one for the vehicle, one for people) across a gap in the road where no bridge exists yet.Without a strong plan in mind, we walk downhill towards the shore after being dropped off in downtown Copa. At the ... read more
View inside the minibus
View inside the minibus
View from the minibus

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz October 17th 2014

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South America » Bolivia October 17th 2014

Geo: -17.3923, -66.1604Today we spent the day bumming around Coachabamba. We went to a large indoor market first where Kevin and I picked up some cheap sunglasses. There were shoes and cakes a plenty, but nothing tasty for breakfast. We skipped as usual and took the taxi over to the Cristo status. The gondola was out of service for two months of overhaul so we had to take yet another taxi just to the top of the hill. The status is actually several meters larger than the one in Rio. I'm actually kind of shocked at how small the Rio one is, I had imagined something much larger.After a late lunch, we headed to the staff office for a rest, goodbyes, then a ride to the airport. Dennis departed toward Santa Cruz to catch the AA ... read more
OI Bolivia Office
OI Bolivia Office
OI Bolivia Office

South America » Bolivia October 16th 2014

Geo: -17.5752, -65.5803Day two of the site visit started much the same as the first. We left early, I skipped breakfast at the morning market, and we ended up in a village around 10am. Today's first village is a relatively new program at just 6 months but is a branchoff of a nearby village. Apparently the villagers had been shadowing our staff member walk by on the way to the other village for several years and finally they blockaded her way to start a conversation about how they could get help. Longer story short, now there's a program. The meeting went well and the translation was somewhat smoother. They offered some boiled potatoes and large beans, which were tasty to the hungry.The road to the next village has just recently (in the last couple of years) ... read more
Shepard around the car
Approaching the first village
Village Meeting

South America » Bolivia October 15th 2014

Geo: -17.5752, -65.5803Up early and out the door at 5:30am, we drove for an hour before stopping at a market for breakfast. As can be seen in the pictures, potatoes are quite a stable in the mountains. Breakfast for all of us was $2, I didn't have anything and instead opted for some bagels I had brought with me from my local grocery store.We drove another two hours into the countryside to the area around a town called Vacas (Spanish for "Cows"). We met in a new school yard (built by Evo) with the villagers who recounted the familiar tale of transitioning from being disorganized peasants to a semi-organized community. After, we walked around and saw some of the better wells they had built, some malvena (smokeless) stoves, and several water pumps they learned to build ... read more
Morning market in the Coachabamba region
Morning market in the Coachabamba region
Morning market in the Coachabamba region

South America » Bolivia October 14th 2014

Geo: -17.3895, -66.1568This trip starts out as a site visit with my friend Kevin.Our flight from Kansas City was delayed, surprisingly, due to weather in Dallas. High winds. It was late enough that we missed our connection and had to stay the night there. Up super-early the next morning, we caught the 5:15am flight to Miami and from there our 11:30am flight to La Paz. The aircraft doing the MIA-LPB-VVI route is a beat-up old 757 with various adjustments to support landing and takeoff at high altitudes. The flight was uneventful, other than some fantastic sunset views of Bolivia as we came into land.La Paz's airport is the highest international airport in the world at 13,325 feet. At that altitude, I was a bit dizzy doing moderate activities such as climbing stairs or walking long distances ... read more
One of AA's high altitude configured aircraft
Caribbean
Flying over Cuba

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz October 14th 2014

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