BOLIVIA

This page houses images from our (Sarah and David's) trip to Bolivia. Organized by geographic area, six photo collections can be navigated via the menu immediately below or by simply scrolling the page. Click on a photo series to scroll through the selected collection.

La Paz

 
Visiting Bolivia's de-facto capital city is an experience in sensory overload. Adjacent to La Paz is El Alto - a sprawling maze of humanity located on the 13,600 ft altiplano highlands surrounding the city. As can be seen in some of the photos, thousands live in houses perched precariously on the steep dirt hillsides which separate central La Paz and El Alto. While in La Paz we visited Andy and Andrea Baker - two friends that David met in Bolivia 16 years ago - who stayed in Bolivia to work with the country's most vulnerable and marginalized people. One of their projects has been to start Sutisana - a company aimed at providing 'dignified employment and a new life for women attempting to leave prostitution in El Alto.' Please visit http://sutisana.com/about/ for more info (and maybe pick up a beautiful handmade Bolivian bag).
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia

visually chaotic La Paz

visually chaotic La Paz

artisan bags in the tourist district

artisan bags in the tourist district

La Paz buildings

La Paz buildings

soccer match in the Zona Sur

soccer match in the Zona Sur

Sarah and I joined Andy to watch his oldest son play a fútbol game.

Andrea and Andy Baker

Andrea and Andy Baker

Andrea and Andy have lived in Bolivia for over 15 years working to improve the lives of some of the country's most marginalized people.

La Paz from Andy and Andrea's house

La Paz from Andy and Andrea's house

SEES in La Paz

SEES in La Paz

La Paz at night

La Paz at night

Lake Titicaca

 
Lake Titicaca, situated at 12,500 ft and straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia, is one of South America's largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. We stayed at a creative hostel in the town of Copacabana (Hostal Las Olas), and explored the Incan archaeological sites of Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) and Isla de la Luna (Island of the Moon).  

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Samaipata

Samaipata is a small tourist village seemingly occupied by as many foreigners as Bolivians (replete with an established neo-hippy population) in the foothills of the Cordillera Oriental, just outside of Bolivia's Amboro National Park. While there we went on a guided hike in the Park, and visited the "Las Cuevas" waterfalls, "El Fuerte" ruins, and a refugio zoologico (wildlife refuge).  
SEES in Santa Cruz coffee shop

SEES in Santa Cruz coffee shop

SEES takes a Samaipata mototaxi

SEES takes a Samaipata mototaxi

Museo Arqueologico de Samaipata

Museo Arqueologico de Samaipata

mind-boggling "El Fuerte" ruins

mind-boggling "El Fuerte" ruins

SEES and "El Fuerte" ruins

SEES and "El Fuerte" ruins

"Las Cuevas" waterfall

"Las Cuevas" waterfall

SEES and "Las Cuevas" waterfall

SEES and "Las Cuevas" waterfall

"Las Cuevas" vista

"Las Cuevas" vista

Amboro National Park

Amboro National Park

DPC and our Amboro Nat'l Park guide

DPC and our Amboro Nat'l Park guide

Amboro National Park

Amboro National Park

Amboro National Park

Amboro National Park

swimming hole in Amboro Nat'l Park

swimming hole in Amboro Nat'l Park

Amboro National Park hike

Amboro National Park hike

SEES and a peccary at the "Refugio"

SEES and a peccary at the "Refugio"

the Samaipata "Refugio"

the Samaipata "Refugio"

the Samaipata "Refugio"

the Samaipata "Refugio"

the Samaipata "Refugio"

the Samaipata "Refugio"

the Samaipata "Refugio"

the Samaipata "Refugio"

the Samaipata "Refugio"

the Samaipata "Refugio"

Sucre

 
Sucre is Bolivia's official capital city and the site of Bolivia's proclamation of independence. It is often referred to as Bolivia's most beautiful city, characterized by white colonial-style architecture. It was a great place to learn about Bolivia's amazing indigenous textile artwork. 

Central Highlands

 
On a bus ride from Sucre to Uyuni we passed through the dramatic landscapes that make up Bolivia's central highlands. High in elevation and dry throughout much of the year, these areas are inhabited by hearty campesinos, domesticated llamas, and wild vicuñas. Photos are shown below in a full-format slide show; keep scrolling for southwest altiplano photos.  
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Southwest Altiplano

 
The southwest Altiplano is a stark and dramatic landscape ranging in elevation from 12,000 to 16,000 ft (and with volcanoes that reach around 20,000 ft). Much of it is desert characterized by displays of bright and contrasting colors - the result of mineral concentrations such as copper, lithium, sulfur, and borax. This was the last leg of our visit, where we took a three-day tour that included the famous Salar de Uyuni, Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, and high desert landscapes. There are many photos here because the area is absolutely stunning.     
the "train cemetery" of Uyuni

the "train cemetery" of Uyuni

at the train cemetery

at the train cemetery

touring on the Salar de Uyuni

touring on the Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

SEES on the Salar

SEES on the Salar

DPC on the Salar

DPC on the Salar

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Isla Incahuasi

Isla Incahuasi

SEES at Isla Incahuasi

SEES at Isla Incahuasi

Isla Incahuasi

Isla Incahuasi

Isla Incahuasi

Isla Incahuasi

Isla Incahuasi

Isla Incahuasi

train tracks crossing the altiplano

train tracks crossing the altiplano

train tracks crossing the altiplano

train tracks crossing the altiplano

high altiplano landscape

high altiplano landscape

SEES on the altiplano

SEES on the altiplano

altiplano volcano

altiplano volcano

SEES, the Land Cruiser, and volcano

SEES, the Land Cruiser, and volcano

sublimating snow at Árbol de Piedra

sublimating snow at Árbol de Piedra

Árbol de Piedra (tree of stone)

Árbol de Piedra (tree of stone)

Laguna Hedionda

Laguna Hedionda

flamingos at Laguna Hedionda

flamingos at Laguna Hedionda

Andino flamingo

Andino flamingo

SEES at Laguna Hediona

SEES at Laguna Hediona

Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada

montañas de siete colores

montañas de siete colores

montañas de siete colores

montañas de siete colores

moon rise over Laguna Colorada

moon rise over Laguna Colorada

moon rise over Laguna Colorada

moon rise over Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada

flamingos on Laguna Colorada

flamingos on Laguna Colorada

morning on the altiplano desert

morning on the altiplano desert

sol de mañana geisers (geysers)

sol de mañana geisers (geysers)

shadow on the sol de mañana geisers

shadow on the sol de mañana geisers

Salvador Dalí desert

Salvador Dalí desert

Laguna Verde

Laguna Verde

Borax mining on the altiplano

Borax mining on the altiplano

SEES on the southern Bolivian desert

SEES on the southern Bolivian desert

campesino dwellings

campesino dwellings

looking north towards Uyuni

looking north towards Uyuni

altiplano llamas

altiplano llamas

altiplano llamas

altiplano llamas

the sky over high Bolivia desert

the sky over high Bolivia desert

another amazing Bolivian landscape

another amazing Bolivian landscape

high volcano in the Avaroa Reserve

high volcano in the Avaroa Reserve