Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni & the Altiplano

The Salt Flats Bolivia is colder than I expected, and no wonder. The country is one of the highest in the world. At Uyuni, we stop by the old train cemetery, where rusting carriages and cabs sit silent and mildly accusing in the bright sunshine. Uyuni once was (and by some extent, still is) an…

Bolivia: Silver mines of Potosi

It is a cool, quiet morning when we arrive in this formerly wealthy mining town, and after checking in, we book a tour to a silver mine in Cerro Rico, a nearby mountain. Potosi is the highest city in the world of its size, at 4,090m. The city was incredibly important in colonial times –…

Tips for Biking the Death Road

Go with a reputable tour company The quality of the bikes is the most important factor when choosing a tour company. It is also important that the guides have the expertise to fix, maintain or adjust your bikes to best suit your needs. Don’t skimp on tour costs if it means you have to cycle…

The Death Road: La Paz to Coroica

The Death Road, or Camino de la Muerte is often called the most dangerous road in the world, with hairpin turns and blind corners. Both vehicles and cyclists have veered off the narrow, winding gravel roads into the precipitous drop offs of at least 600m; crosses on the verges mark the sites of fatal accidents….

La Paz: World’s Highest Capital City

I arrived in Nuestra Senora La Paz, or Our Lady of Peace, the capital of Bolivia by bus. The station was a whirlwind of activity, with vendors calling out routes from the many offices within its bright, neon confines. We stumble into taxis, which whiz us away to the traveler’s ghetto, the cross streets of…