Bolivia is a country in South America with the highest capital city in the world at 4100 meters.

Impressions of my Vlog

Salar de Uyuni & Altiplano

I made a 3-day tour with an off-road car from San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) to Bolivia. We drove on over 4000 meters over the high plateau (Altiplano) to Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt desert in the world. We were on the way at several colorful lagoons like a red lagoon with flamingos. Impressive were canyons with great views and a huge geyser field.

Potosi

Potosi is a mining town and lies at over 4000 meters. During a mine tour, I experienced firsthand the conditions under which silver is still being recovered today. We crawled through the narrow corridors and deeper into the mountain over ladders. A unique opportunity, that can be dangerous with thin and dusty air. The tour was done by a former miner and I felt okay. It became clear to me how important recycling is.

Sucre

The city of Sucre is known for Spanish language schools. The private lessons cost 40 BOB to 50 BOB. 20 hours per week with 4 hours each on 5 days are recommended. After about 3-4 weeks you can acquire basic knowledge. I only had one week to spare and at least I was able to improve my pronunciation, numbers and understanding.

Santa Cruz

The city of Santa Cruz is not on the typical itinerary and for me it did not have much to offer. Tours to Jesuit Missions are offered. I had my plane to Cuba from here.

Travel Tips

Planning

  • I visited Bolivia on my world trip through Latin America:
    • 1. 3-day tour by jeep from San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) over the high plateau to Salar de Uyuni.
    • 2. Bus from Uyuni to Potosi.
    • 3. Bus from Potosi to Sucre.
    • 4. Bus from Sucre to Santa Cruz and then a flight to Cuba.
  • I used for my planning and can recommend the Lonely Planet for South America and the Rough Guide for South America.

Accommodation

  • Only a few hostels had heating in Bolivia and it can get very cold at night like in Potosi at 4200 meters.
  • The water for showering in the hostels was not always hot or just cold. I recommend the Casa Blanca Hostel in Potosi and Sucre; both had a strong internet connection and hot showers.

Internet

  •  I have heard from other backpackers of bad internet connections in the hostels. I always had a strong line in my hostels to upload my pictures from the DSLR camera.

Food

  • You can find small bakeries everywhere, that sell cheap Empanada and sweet bits.
  • The bread on the market was very cheap, for 5 pieces I paid 2.5 BOB (0.32 €).
  • The vegetables on the market were expensive for me. It felt that I paid the tourist price. It was about the same price as in the supermarket.

Do you have questions to plan your trip or suggestions? I'm looking forward to your commentary.

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