Bolivia has a most interesting, unique street food from all the South American countries I’ve been in.
Street food is very popular in Andean region. Old ladies selling on the street fresh made empanadas, papas rellenas and other snacks, as well as dinner which you can eat sitting on a small plastic chair in the middle of the crowd. We never cooked for ourselves in Bolivia – markets offered us variety of unusual, interesting food and cheap lunches in so called “comedores”
My south american love, my obsession. It is a variation of oven-baked empanada, most popular snack in Latin America, but salteña is special. The filling is super yummy – chicken or ground beef along with eggs, potatoes, carrots, and peas, drowning in sweet and spicy gravy. They are very juicy – eating them without making a mess need years of practice. Best achieved by biting the end off and drinking the gravy before eating the rest.
La Paz has so many crazy things to show you…
Woman in ‘pollera’ skirt – “Cholita” – was traditionally a lower class women in Bolivia (like India’s lower caste). For decades, Aymara and other indigenous women were discriminated against. In 2006 Evo Morales – the country’s first indigenous president – was elected. Indigenous people got the same civil rights as the rest of the country. Now they are working as lawyers, doctors, in banks, in secretarial jobs in offices.
Tradition of Quechua and Aymara lives on. Read More
1. It’s a new-born city
Throughout 500 years of colonial history the country’s wealth have been concentrated mostly in La Paz, Sucre and Potosí. While in 1700’s Potosí was the most populated city of Americas (both South and North), Santa Cruz had only 3500 inhabitants.
If you could take a look at Santa Cruz in 1960’s or 70’s – you’ll see completely different city. Santa Cruz has grown very fast since the end of 20th century, because of the petroleum and natural gas mining in the surrounding areas. Foreigners, who came for the gas and oil explorating changed this city into what you can see today – the economic heart of the country.
2. It is beginning on Another Bolivia Read More
Laguna Colorada, or the Red Lagoon, is a shallow salt lake located in Bolivia, within Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, very close to the border with Chile. One of Bolivia’s altiplano wonders, the lake and its nearly-extinct flamingo population draw visitors from all over the world. Read More
Salar de Uyuni located in Bolivia on the border with Chile at 3656 m above sea level. It left behind by ancient lake evaporated long ago. During the rain season water from nearby lakes overflow which causes floods in the salt flat. Uyuni turns into a giant, stunning mirror. The best period for visiting Uyuni if you want to see it in all the reflection’s magnificence – February, March.
Why does this place attract tourists from all over the world?
It was one of the most picturesque and impressive places of the whole trip to South America fo me. More precisely, the places were delightful and we would gladly visit them without an organized tour – in such landscapes I prefer to stay all by myself or with a close friend, but not with an annoying guide always trying to take a photo in “the bride on the palm” style (and others exquisite tricks with a perspective).
Uyuni is not only a glistening white salt cover spanning for hundreds of kilometers, but also lakes of all sorts of colors from the unearthly green to the blood-red with thousands of flamingos; it is geysers spewing from the ground and hot natural pools, it is deserts from Dali’s surreal paintings and, of course, mountains and volcanoes, it is a crystal clear sky full of stars … Really, this is one of the most breathtaking landscapes that I’ve ever seen in my life.
2 days, 1 night. About 50 km trek. Difficulty – hard (due to the altitude and unclear trek to glacier). Hike only to Laguna Chillata – medium.
School books of geography confusing me – almost all of them say that the capital of Bolivia is La Paz. I perfectly remember it from my classes back in time (I liked how La Paz sounds). Even many Bolivians in conversation call La Paz as a capital. Wikipedia says that Sucre is the one. So where is the truth?
My parents and friends kinda travelling with me around the world, they have to open maps and books again searching for the place I’ve visited on this small round ball called Earth. “Mom, I’m in the capital.” “Mom, it was not the capital, now we are in the real capital.” And where’s the daughter?
I would never even think that one day I will end up in Bolivia or Paraguay – they sounds too far, too scary, we don’t know that much about Latin America honestly.
The real capital of the country is Sucre. It is written in the Constitution of Bolivia. Here is situated the Supreme Court of the country, but Government and other important guys, as well as all the wealth and treasures of the country are located in La Paz. Little Sucre is so inconspicuous, sleepy, calm that often people call ‘capital’ large, well-known La Paz. Capital in our minds is something big, noisy, busy.