Isla del Sol

Isla del Sol

No heat, no electricity and a hailstorm. After the unhappy traveller from Sweden departed, I went to find a hostel. I climbed up a rock staircase that zig-zagged up the hills above the lake and got a room right on a ledge overlooking the lake. Like almost everywhere here, there was no heat but there…

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Bolivia

Bolivia

When I began my long term travels, Bolivia was the first country on the list and I ended up spending almost a month there. I had wanted to go there because it has amazing natural wonders and most of all, I could hike in the Andes.  The cost of travel in Bolivia is also incredibly…

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The Pampas

The Pampas

Visiting the Pampas in Bolivia Cost:$44/day plus $18 National Park admission fee The pampas are an area of wetlands leading into the in Amazon in Bolivia. You can get there by a bus that takes two, sometimes three days depending on the weather…. or a quick flight. I talked with a woman who had been…

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The Unhappy Traveler

The Unhappy Traveler

I had to fly back to La Paz after the jungle but I took the 3 hour bus trip to Copacabana first thing in the morning. I was happy to get out of La Paz and excited to be moving closer to Peru. Copacabana is a small city on the banks of Lake Titicaca (stop…

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Breakfast with an Emerald Smuggler

Breakfast with an Emerald Smuggler

In Copacabana the only place to get an early breakfast is a coffee shop called El Condor and the Eagle. This also happens to be the best breakfast in Copacabana. It has good coffee (a rarity in Bolivia) Irish soda bread and eggs. Most places just serve white bread and fruit juice. The morning I…

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Sucre

Sucre

Is this even the same country?! Other travelers I met said, “you have to go to Sucre, it’s the antidote to La Paz.” Now that I’m here I understand. Getting off the bus in Sucre was like landing back in Spain. There are beautiful whitewashed buildings and the ornate Spanish architecture. The streets are lined…

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The Silver Mines of Potosi

The Silver Mines of Potosi

Also Known As: Buying dynamite and refusing to go on the tour What it is: a 5 hour tour that includes 2 hours through the mine Cost: $13.04 plus $2.90 for dynamite to give to the miners I came to Potosi to see the silver mine. I paid my Bolivianos but would not enter the…

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Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Visiting the SaltFlats, Uyuni, Bolivia What it is: a 6 hour tour through the salt flats includes lunch Cost: $65 plus $5 to enter the national park To get to Uyuni I took a 12 hour overnight bus ride from La Paz. The ride cost about $16. It was in a fairly nice coach bus…

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Costs to Travel in Bolivia

The Cost of 10 Days in Bolivia So far, the daily cost of traveling around Bolivia has remained under $50 US Dollars per day. I’ve been able to get by really comfortably without a lot of concern for my daily spending. I’ve even splurged a few nights and gotten a room to myself when the…

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