Bolivia is described by our guidebook as a “massive fun fair place for adults”. And we quite agree with the image. The thing is that everything is real and well, it’s nature so.. your high level of adrenaline is totally justified.
The Death Road
Baptised as the most dangerous road in the world, “El Camino de la muerte”owns this title for its 200-300 annual victims.. Or at least this was the case until 2006, the year when a brand new road was built to ensure security. What is about the old death road that is so dangerous? And why there were so many victims? The answer to the first question is that it’s a 3m wide dirt road, literally hanging on the slope of a mountain, above a chasm. So if there are two cars (often trucks) passing in opposite directions, 3 m of width make it truly scary… But this road until 2006 was unavoidable (and here comes the answer to the second question) as it was the most important axis linking La Paz to the north of the country.
Today the Death road is mainly a… tourist attraction. There are many who would like to tick out off their bucket list riding down a bicycle a 69-km path that begins in Andes at 4 700 m height, often with a snow and below zero temperatures and goes down until a subtropical forest at 1200 m height… We ticked it out from our bucket list…
How could we pass by Peru without visiting the Inca city of Machu Picchu! Impossible! The Inca city – apparently in a shape of a condor – never found by the spaniards is an enchantment. Before it was unveiled to the public by an American archeologist, an indian couple used to live there and grow vegetables. Sweet 🙂
Going south of Bolivia to Tupiza, not a very interesting town, but with some outstanding “quebradas” forms.
The highest (3800m) navigable lake in the world belongs both to Peru and Bolivia. These Andean water constitues a living place to many indigenous people of the area and the main language here is Quechua, the language of the Incas. The place is mystic and beautiful. However sometimes you might forget about it’s charm when you’re waking up in the middle of the night, under your five covers and still shivering from the cold.
A striking landscape : salt fields in the middle of the moutain in the holy valley (between Cuzco and Machu Picchu).