Bolivia

A year on the road in photos…

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It’s 365 days since we stepped out of our empty London home onto the early morning streets of Peckham and made our way to Rio. Twelve months and twelve countries later, we’re in Mexico with no intention of stopping our travels. It’s been an epic year and, short of reading the blog in its entirety, I think the best way to tell it is in photos… Read more

Posted on February 28, 2013 by Victoria in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Photo stories, Portugal, Spain, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Yoga 48 Comments

Top 15 South America highlights: our year in pictures

Excellent splendour salt flatsThis time last year, our journey was still a dream. I had another couple of months at work, we needed to find tenants for our house and the number 2012 was still synonymous with the Olympics. Now, twelve months later, that number has come to symbolize the year the dream came true.

Choosing to travel was a massive ingredient that helped make 2012 one of the best years of our lives. In our next post, we’ll look at what else helped create that, but today we wanted to celebrate our travel highlights from the past 12 months.

During that time, we’ve been to six countries in South America, as well as separate trips to India, Europe and the US, and now Mexico (which you’ll be hearing a lot more about soon as we’ve fallen for it head over heels). In the meantime, we’re limiting this list to our highlights from South America. Here’s the top 15 in no particular order. Read more

Posted on December 31, 2012 by Victoria in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Destinations, Ecuador, Photo stories, Thoughts, Travel tips 19 Comments

Photo of the week: sunset over Lake Titicaca

Sunset over Lake Titicaca

People complain about Copacabana in Bolivia. The usual gripes of too much tourism. But it’s a gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular lakes, the food is great and there are sunsets like this one. We loved it there. See more photos in our photo story on Isla del Sol.

Posted on December 21, 2012 by Victoria in Bolivia, Destinations, Photo of the Week 1 Comment

Shades of light on Lake Titicaca’s Isla del Sol: a photo story

Victoria walking on Isla del Sol

“You have to go to Isla del Sol – it’s magical,” were common words as we travelled through Bolivia. It’s the legendary birthplace of the Incas, where the god Viracocha made his first mystical appearance, and it’s full of Inca ruins. People tend to wax lyrical about it’s tranquil, mystical nature, and we were keen to see it for ourselves. Here’s our visit in photos.  Read more

Posted on December 18, 2012 by Victoria in Bolivia, Destinations, Photo stories 2 Comments

Photo of the week: sunset on the salar

Sunset over Uyuni

Before we did the three-day tour to Bolivia’s salt flats, we were often warned about the hellish first night spent in freezing cold temperatures at a high altitude in very basic accommodation. Luckily for us, the altitude and cold were bearable, and even basic accommodation looks luxurious with this view. This is a snippet from our three-part photo series on our adventure into Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni.

Posted on November 30, 2012 by Victoria in Bolivia, Destinations, Photo of the Week 3 Comments

Photo story: Into the wild on Bolivia’s salt flats – day three

Sunrise over the salt flats

This is the final part of a three-part photo story on our adventure into Bolivia’s salt flats. See part one and part two.

A sunrise over the salar provided a fitting final morning for the colourful three-day tour. We all slept better that night and were excited for the final spectacle of the salt flats. Read more

Posted on November 21, 2012 by Victoria in Bolivia, Destinations, Photo stories 23 Comments

Photo story: Into the wild on Bolivia’s salt flats – day two

Toilet sign Bolivia

This is the second installment of our three-part photo story on Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni. See day one of the story here.

Day two started with eggs for breakfast and shared stories of an uncomfortable night’s sleep. We’d all had trouble breathing, one person had screamed in the night, and some hadn’t slept at all. But an air of excitement kept everyone going – and at least we hadn’t been cold. Read more

Posted on November 19, 2012 by Victoria in Bolivia, Destinations, Photo stories 2 Comments

Photo story: Into the wild on Bolivia’s salt flats – day one

Victoria skimming stones on Salr de Uynui

Drunk, kamikaze drivers, freezing cold nights, and crippling altitude sickness was enough to make us apprehensive about venturing into Bolivia’s salt flats – but it definitely wasn’t enough to put us off exploring what promised to be some of the planet’s most other-worldly landscapes. Here’s our journey in photos. Read more

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Victoria in Bolivia, Destinations, Photo stories 4 Comments

Photo of the week: getting away from it all

Victoria watching the mountain

The three-day trip to Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is a magical wonderland of geysers, desert and sparkling multi-coloured lagoons. Our jaws dropped at every turn. No-one is in sight aside from the odd 4×4 dotting the horizon. It takes the words ‘getting away from it all’ to beautiful, unseen heights. This photo is a sneak preview of next week’s three-part photo story on our trip into the Salar.

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Victoria in Bolivia, Destinations, Photo of the Week 5 Comments

Photo of the week: witchery in La Paz

Witch in La Paz

The witches market in La Paz is one of the most popular sights for tourists. We were staying right next to it so walked past the women selling their wares every day. The most disturbing thing was the preponderance of llama fetuses hanging from every stall. People bury them under their homes for luck and prosperity. Despite her displeased expression, I promise I did ask the woman in the photo if I could take her picture!

Posted on October 5, 2012 by Victoria in Bolivia, Destinations, Photo of the Week 2 Comments