Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Beautiful Bolivia

During my recent three week road trip, we spent one night sharing our camp with a couple of rock climbers from France.  They raved over dinner about their recent travels to Bolivia and highly recommended it as a place to visit.  They talked about how kind the people were, and that the sights were simply amazing.  This of course made me curious to learn more, see more, and well... maybe visit there too!  Take a look at a small sampling of the beauty that is Bolivia.

The World’s Largest Salt Flat is located in Salar de’Uyuni, Bolivia. During the rainy season, the water turns into the world’s largest mirror. The reflection of the sky creates a sense of infinity, like you’re walking among the clouds. It’s called the Border between Heaven and Earth.
Above photos courtesy of Carlos Diaz

As if that weren't already enough to convince anyone of a visit to Bolivia there's more, the Death Road...alternatively known as Grove's Road, Coroico Road, Camino de las YungasEl Camino de la Muerte, or Road of Death.  It is legendary for its extreme danger, one estimate is that 200 to 300 travellers are killed yearly along the road.  It seems only logical that the best way to enjoy it is via bike of course.

It is one of the few routes that connects the Amazon rainforest region of northern Bolivia, or Yungas, to its capital city. One of the local road rules specifies that the downhill driver never has the right of way and must move to the outer edge of the road. This forces fast vehicles to stop so that passing can be negotiated safely. Also, vehicles drive on the left, as opposed to the right like the rest of Bolivia. This gives a left hand drive vehicle's driver a better view over his outside wheel, making passing safer.  - Wikipedia

I'm fairly certain I'd love to bike this, but also certain I'd never want to do it via car or bus.

Camino de las Yungas (DeathRoad) from keksas on Vimeo.

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