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South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Lake Titicaca February 9th 2022

A fabulous collaboration of tours from the lowest and highest lakes on the globe. Mark in Amsterdam, Netherlands & Renan Lake Titicaca, Bolivia In Amsterdam we learnt how The Ijsselmeer an artificial lake had been developed with the aid of maps showing how the land had been reclaimed and dammed from the sea & ensuring that Amsterdam and the surrounding areas are protected from flooding. We also visited an area of floating villages, individual floating houses moored around slender jetties like house boats. These floating neighbourhoods are a solution to the problem of rising sea level and housing shortage in the dense metropolitan areas. In Titicaca Renan introduced us to his friend who was a craftsman at making reed boats using Totora. Renan also explained the background of Thor Heyerdahl's experimental archaeology and how Heyerdahl had ... read more

I told a good friend I was planning to visit Bolivia sometime soon, mostly to see the famous Uyuni Salt Flats and the North Yungas Death Road. He suggested I plan a stay at the San Pedro Prison.San Pedro Prison is one of the biggest in Bolivia (LaPaz) and the common destination for people convicted of breaking the country’s laws. However this is no ordinary prison. San Pedro has gained an infamous reputation with all the bizarre stories that have come out of it through the years. This includes everything from tales of cocaine labs, wild parties and wealthier inmates renting fancy cells equipped with hot tubs and king-size beds. There was even a period when backpackers in La Paz would take tours of the prison and sometimes end up, quite voluntarily, staying ... read more
Four Seasons Istanbul

A lady blogger suggested adding this to a list of potential places to go. As adventurous as I think I am, I wonder, in times of this pandemic, highly skeptical about going somewhere I have never heard of. And worse, what is their vaccination status, and quality of health care? I like the idea of going someplace new and different. But to point to some country I have never heard of seems to tempt fate. Let me just illustrate the folly of this idea. At random, I found Central African Republic, a landlocked country in central Africa. It is bordered by Chad to the north, Sudan to the northeast, South Sudan to the southeast, DR Congo to the south, Republic of Condo to the southwest, and Cameroon to the west. CAR was a French colony, with ... read more
Famous Dancers

30th April - Isla del Sol (Sun Island) - Colombia Revered as the most important site within Inca mythology. According to Inca history, Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) is both the birthplace of their revered Sun God and the world’s first two Incas. The story goes that following a great flood, the province of Lake Titicaca was plunged into a long period of darkness. After many days, the bearded god Viracocha rose from the depths of Lake Titicaca, traveling to Isla del Sol where he not only commanded the sun to rise, but created the world’s first two Incas; Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo (the Adam and Eve of the Andes). While the story is indeed dramatic, it’s fair to say that the Incas didn’t actually originate on the shores of Lake Titicaca. A ... read more

8th May Lake Titicaca is the second largest on the planet. It also is the navigable lake at the highest altitude in the world. It has an area of 8562 km2. The Bolivian part occupies something less than half of that surface, the rest belongs to Peru. Our guide Renan took us by small boat to one of several floating islands where we were greeted by some of the locals. These floating surfaces are constructed by the people of the Uru Chulluni tribe from braided roots of totora and we were shown with the use of models just exactly how the island & dwellings were constructed. It is the men who collect the totora, because they are the ones who know which roots are good for building the island. If they have a lot of ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz April 25th 2021

Prepare to be amazed if you take Reman’s tour on the cable car ride over La Paz. With 10 lines: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Orange, White, Sky Blue, Purple, Brown, and Silver - We took 3 journeys on the Red, Silver & Purple lines. The views were stunning at the highest altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level. The average speed of the gondolas is 11mph. What a wonderful experience to be able to take this tour. Rising more than 300 metres from La Paz – the world’s highest altitude administrative capital at almost 3,700m – up to the predominantly Aymara communities of El Alto on the plateau, the Mi Teleférico (My Cable Car) system links neighbouring cities that were long seen as social worlds apart. For decades the main route between the two was ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz April 21st 2021

About 10 kilometers from Bolivia’s capital of La Paz lies the stark, alien landscape of El Valle de la Luna, or Moon Valley. Thousands of years ago, it lay at the bottom of the ocean. The rains and winds of the Andes here have created these unusual formations, making the area almost a forest of stalagmites out in the open. It isn’t a valley at all, but a bizarre, eroded hillside maze of canyons and pinnacles technically known as badlands. Several species of cactus grow here, including the hallucinogenic choma (San Pedro cactus). Our virtual guide was great, taking us to a high viewpoint and was able to get quite close to some of the formations. Although the area of Moon Valley currently rests at 3,650 meters / 11,975 feet above sea level, thousands of years ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz January 20th 2021

29th December 2020 La Plaz - Bolivia I probably over-dosed on tours yesterday, note to self organise your trips better 2nd tour was to La Plaz in Bolivia with our tour guide David. The Plaza Murillo is the central square of the city of and the open space most connected to the political life of Bolivia. The most prominent buildings on the square include the Presidential Palace, the Government Building and the Cathedral of La Paz. An interesting sight is the clock in the spire of the Government Building, the clock runs anti clockwise but we weren’t able to get a close enough photo. There is a major problem with pigeons in the square, it reminded me of all those years that pigeons were a tourist attraction in Trafalgar square almost as much as the surrounding ... read more

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