Bolivia

Islas y Huacas, Bolivia

Posted by on 11:59 am in Bolivia, Peru, Spotlight | 0 comments

Islas y Huacas, Bolivia

The harbor waters are still. Beyond this sheltered inlet a stiff wind whips the lake into whitecaps. I don’t much like choppy waters… Lake Titticaca sits just over two miles above sea level and encompasses 3200 square miles. This makes it the highest and largest navigable lake in the world. Shared by Peru and Bolivia, I sail these rough waters from the Peruvian side, headed for Isla del Sol. Although my destination is an island under Bolivian jurisdiction, there’s no passport control to deal with here. Inka Steps My boat puts ashore at the...

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Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni

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Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni

Bolivia and the Salt Flats Something Different in Bolivia Gazing out at the ethereal landscape, I feel like I am on a different planet. What appears to be sand, or maybe even snow, continues endlessly on. The waves of heat create eerie shapes on the horizon, and the stillness around me makes me realize how vast and unique this place really is. While it may feel like I have transported myself to another world, I have not. We are simply standing in the middle of the world’s largest salt flats – the Salar de Uyuni, in the isolated...

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Bolivian Mountain: Huayna Potosi

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Bolivian Mountain: Huayna Potosi

The wind is whipping at my face. My nose has frozen; I can’t feel my toes. The crunch of crampons on the snow is the only sound above the howling wind; the suffocating darkness around me is broken only by the tiny glimmering lights of the group up ahead and the red shimmering cloud of La Paz’s streetlights far away to the left. I feel my foot step through the ice. I’m falling, crumbling; the rope around my waist goes taut. I hear the guide yelling at me. It sounds as though he’s a long way away. The crevasse into which I’ve fallen is only...

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10 New Extreme Adventures from Abercrombie & Kent

Posted by on 12:09 pm in Announcements, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador | 0 comments

10 New Extreme Adventures from Abercrombie & Kent

(DOWNERS GROVE, IL – October 17, 2011) — There is adventure travel, and then there are the adventures of a lifetime. Abercrombie & Kent seamlessly orchestrates unforgettable journeys in the world’s most challenging environments. Among the exciting new Extreme Adventures for 2012 are treks up Mount Kilimanjaro and to Everest Base Camp, ideal for seasoned hikers seeking a more rigorous climb. These new routes feature steeper terrain with greater changes in altitude each day compared to other Extreme Adventure treks to the same...

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My Last Day in South America

Posted by on 8:23 am in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, ITKT Blogs, Peru | 0 comments

On my last day in South America, I wake up to the calm sound of rain falling atop the metal roof.  Two days before I was tanning on a cushioned lounge chair along the water of Mancora Beach, Peru my mind dizzied, almost drunk, on sun and relaxation. But now I am in Quito, Ecuador on a rainy morning and my mind is dizzying from the prospect of leaving this great continent. As the rain taps, I work to fall back asleep, back into dream, back into South America, but it is a futile attempt. Nothing can stop time, and I a wrap a blanket around me...

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Strangers in the Night

Posted by on 9:18 am in Bolivia, ITKT Blogs | 0 comments

On a lonely Bolivian intersection, the streets as wide and empty as an abandoned landing strip, we collided like two freight trains in the night. Midnight, and nobody here knew each other. Two dozen people in total, no one even thought of stopping when the groups combined and began mixing like magical ingredients in a witch’s cauldron. We kept walking, I hoped I was not the only one who didn’t know were we were going. Half, including me, just got off a twelve-hour bus ride, the others – who knows. Irish, Argentinean,...

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See Salt Sea

Posted by on 9:50 am in Bolivia, ITKT Blogs | 0 comments

Imagine a flat solid sea that reflects the mountains that frame it. Islands in that sea stand small but tall, with thousand year-old cacti raising their bristly arms towards the sky. Waves would wash over the island banks if only the ripples were not already frozen in crystallized patterns of white and bronze. Driving from Bolivia’s town of Uyuni though this sea of salt, one can’t imagine that the sparkling surface, sending what looks like diamond spray from under your wheels, will ever end, but beyond it are red rocks shaped by...

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Down the Death Road

Posted by on 8:53 am in Adventure, Bolivia, ITKT Blogs | 0 comments

“Sarit!” my husband turned to me all excited, “Wanna go up to 4700m in a van and then ride a bicycle downhill 64km on the most dangerous road in the world?” “Ahem… No! Do I look like I have a death wish?” It was an honest response. I haven’t been on a bike since the fifth grade! I thought this was the end of it, but when we got to La Paz in Bolivia there wasn’t that much of a choice but surrender to peer pressure – apparently, to be in La Paz and not do the Death Road is like...

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A Poem for the Sacred Lake

Posted by on 9:35 am in Bolivia, ITKT Blogs, Peru | 2 comments

Lake Titicaca was known to the Incas as a sacred lake. Over the last few days, I have been able to visit islands on both the Bolivian and Peruvian sides, and walking the stoney paths, looking out to the ruins, marveling over the breathtaking views, it is easy to find the sanctity of the place. This lake inspires a holiness with the land, and even now at a computer in Puno, I continue to feel the affects of the ancient waters. Isla del Sol Sun warms my skin thawing winter away from snow capped Andes misting over blue waters that sparkle in...

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Bolivia, Is It Worth It?

Posted by on 9:52 am in Bolivia, ITKT Blogs | 2 comments

Friday afternoon in La Paz, I found the restaurant section of an open air market and took a seat at one of the 10 stands serving relatively the same food for about $3. I ordered a plate of chicken and rice from two women standing behind a counter no more than four feet long. While I ate the delicious food they served me, I enjoyed a nice session of people watching, the women cleaning pots from the lunch rush, children running about, locals gathered around the small tables to eat from plates of unrecognizable smells and colors. I had finally...

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