Category: Explore the world

Bolivia in my plate. Wandering through Bolivian markets

Bolivia has a most interesting, unique street food from all the South American countries I’ve been in. Bolivian street food Street food is very popular in Andean region. Old ladies selling on the street fresh made empanadas, papas rellenas and other snacks, as well…

Bolivian Female Wrestling

La Paz has so many crazy things to show you… Who is Cholita? 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…

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

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…

Laguna Colorada and its Unique James’s Flamingo

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…

Salar de Uyuni. Largest Salt Desert on the Planet

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…

Trekking in Bolivia. Laguna Chillata and Laguna Glaciar, Sorata

General information. How long, how hard, where to camp? 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.

Two Bolivian Capitals. So La Paz or Sucre?

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…

Sorata, Bolivia. Grutas de San Pedro

Grutas San Pedro (Cave of San Pedro). 24 km, 6 hours + 1 hour in the cave, 280 m elevation difference. There is a small entrance fee. On the very first day we went to the San Pedro caves and planned to hike up a…

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. The Birthplace of the Inca’s Civilization.

The road from Puno to Copacabana (two cities on the coast of Titicaca, one is in Peru, other is in Bolivia) and border crossing didn’t take us long. The border was located in the middle of the market with  old ladies in colorful skirts who…

10 Unique Animals of the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands is an archipelago of 16 volcanic islands located 1000 km from the South American mainland. When these islands appeared in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, neither animals nor plants existed on them. They arrived there later – with wind, currents, on…

Baños de Agua Santa – The Place For Adrenalin Junkies

Banos de Agua Santa is the adrenalin capital of Ecuador, it’s a mecca for those who loves outdoor adventures. Here you can take advantage of the varied environment such as mountains, hot springs, rivers and waterfalls. People go to Banos to jump from the bridge, hang out on a rope over…

Who Stole All The Oxygen? Hiking The Quilotoa Crater Lake, Ecuador

Ecuador is a land of volcanoes. It is home to many different volcanoes, both active and inactive. There are approximately 60-70 volcanoes in the country. In the caldera of the volcano Quilotoa a delightfully turquoise lake was formed about 800 years ago. The last…