Blogs from Eduardo Avaroa N.P, Potosí Department, Bolivia, South America


Today we travelled from Bolivia back into Chile. Issac and Enzo picked us up at 06:30, first stop was overlooking a huge borax mine and then next stop was the entry point for the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. We then went to look at the Laguna Colorado, also known as the Red Lake. Besides the colour the attraction of this lake are the flocks of flamingos who inhabit this lake. Next stop was a Geyser area, similar to Rotorua but on a much smaller scale, but still interesting to see. We stayed for about 20 minutes and left at 10:30. M=Next was Laguna Chalviri which offers hot springs but we didn’t have time to partake and it was just a comfort stop. But just down the road from there was a surprise, an area ... read more

The huge white expanse of Salar de Uyuni, salt flats, has to be the most well known place to visit in Bolivia and I'm sure there aren't many people who would bypass it, why would you?! It's an incredible part of the world! People either do it as a multi day tour or day trip or the occasional adventurous people cycle there! For us, we heard that a lot less people do the tour from Tupiza than from Uyuni town (also less people per jeep) and that tours from Tupiza arrive at different times to places than the swarm of Uyuni or San Pedro tours (due to going the opposite direction) so the decision to go from Tupiza was a no brainer even if more costly. We chose Alexandro Tours from reading some excellent reviews and ... read more
Llamas and Landscape
Laguna Verde and Lincancabur
Thermal Lake

FACES OF BOLIVIA...Nationalism. As we leave Bolivia's back door to enter the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile I can hear my heart pounding with anticipation. 'Cause this is why we tacked Peru & Bolivia onto our North American & Caribbean Blues Cruise itinerary. We have always wanted to visit the World's driest region, the Atacama Desert...even before we were seduced by the wonders of 4WDing through the wilds of Patagonia in southern Argentina and Chile. We are at the border at Hito Cajon 4,480m (14,698 ft)...leaving Heaven...the cries of the vanquished still ringing in our ears. Because Bolivians it is fair to not like Chileans. When we were in Patagonia, the Argentinians we met did not like Chileans. The reason we were given was that the Chileans sided with the British over the Falkland Islands ... read more
The War of the Pacific
Result of War of the Pacific

We headed out of Tilcara, passing Humahuaca and onto La Quiaca for the border crossing. This was fairly straight forward and we were in Villazon the Bolivian town across the border where people would be trying to sell you their buses like street vendors. There was a train option here, however since the IMF came into Bolivia and encouraged privatising everything, their train system has practically collapsed. Now there are only 4 trains a week from Villazon passing through to Tupiza- our next stop. The train takes longer than the bus and although trains for me would always win over a bus, it meant having to wait around for a few hours. We decided to go by bus, but managed to watch the train come in a good bit later by the time we had checked ... read more
The first view, before being left by our driver
Ghost Town in Eduardo Avaroa National Park

Following the Dakar Rally Part 5 - HEAVEN. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, and it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear. And God ... read more

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