Discussion in 'Latin America' started by BvilleBud, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. BvilleBud

    BvilleBud Been here awhile Supporter

    Sep 23, 2014
    Altitude and Altitude sickness
    La Paz is at 13,000 feet, El Alto (where the airport is) is at 14,000 feet. Altitude sickness is a very real thing, don't let it ruin your trip.

    To help avoid altitude sickness try to start at a lower altitude and work your way up. I couldn't do thing and everything still worked out for me. I had a doctor prescribe some Acetazolamide (Diamox) and I think it helped. I also was diligent about working out and believe that helped. Be hydrated, rested and calm and get help if you need it. Don't go anywhere in a hurry your first few days, relax and stroll rather than stride. Everyone says that a few coca leaves do wonders, but I get drug tested at work and even though the leaves are not a drug, I"M SURE that they would show up in a test so that was a no-go for me. Even though I did not get sick, I really noticed the thin are the first day or two.

    Know the symptoms of altitude sickness and get medical help or reduce altitude if you get them; they are headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and loss of energy, shortness of breath, problems sleeping, and loss of appetite; get help if you need it.
  2. BvilleBud

    BvilleBud Been here awhile Supporter

    Sep 23, 2014
    I should have started off with this one! Bolivian bathrooms are different than we have in the US.

    Hot water may not be available in the sink (or sometimes at the shower)

    Most showers that have hot water use a local electric water heater that is in the shower head, you may need to turn on the switch for hot water. There is typically one valve to turn on the water; to regulate the heat use more water for a cooler temperature. The higher flow is harder to heat so the water is not as hot. - it took me a few days to figure this out!

    Don't put toilet paper in the bowl, there will be a trash can next to the toilet, use the paper and put it in the trash can. The pipes in South America aren't made to handle the paper.
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  3. BvilleBud

    BvilleBud Been here awhile Supporter

    Sep 23, 2014
    OK so you have made the decision, you have done the prep work, you have your documents, you are fit and ready to ride, your boarding passes are in hand; now where the heck are you going to go when you arrive in Bolivia? There are literally thousands of places to see, you could spend a lifetime discovering Bolivia, but I’ll show you where I was and suggest some places for you to explore. You have to see the Andes mountains, the arid Altiplano (high plains) with her ancient secrets whispered to you by the voices of ten thousand Incas warriors. The valleys are gorgeous with gentle hills, warm people, historic sites, and delicious foods. You can not miss a trek through the Amazon Basin with her beautiful colored birds, fragrant stunning flowers, rivers and forests full of rare and exciting animals and of course the toothy creatures hiding in the thick jungles that would love to dine on you.

    I was able to see La Paz
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    Los Yungus
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    Tiwanaku / Puma Punku

    Santa Cruz
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  4. BvilleBud

    BvilleBud Been here awhile Supporter

    Sep 23, 2014
    San Javier (maybe my favorite place in Bolivia so far)
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    and San Ignacio with my lady & daughter (beautiful and deep in the Amazon Basin)
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    Cochabamba (as seen from inside and outside the Cristo de la Concordia)

    Great Places you could visit include:

    La Paz – The administrative capital of Bolivia, see:
    Valley of the Moon
    The San Francisco Basilica
    Museum of National Archaeology
    Markets (Open Markets & Witches Market)
    The cool Teleferico mass transit system
    The road down from El Alto
    Cholita Wrestling

    Lake Titicaca / Tiwanaku with:
    The ancient ruins at Tiwanaku and Pumapunku (aliens, it was aliens…)
    Floating Uros Island Villages
    Isla Del Sol
    Isla De La Luna
    Isla Del Suriqui (reed boats)

    Cristo de la Concordia
    Plaza 14 de Septiembre
    Palacio Portales Manson
    The largest and craziest open markets I visited in Bolivia. You can buy a chicken head and neck here that has been sitting in a bucket all day long for almost nothing!

    Sucre – The whitewashed colonial city that is the traditional capital of Bolivia
    See the largest dinosaur footprints in the world
    See the site of the "Grito Libertario" (Shout for Freedom); Sucre was the first city in the Western Hemisphere to seek its freedom and independence from Spain.
    The chocolate capital of Bolivia!

    Potosi – The city that made the money that was the economic engine for the world
    Cerro Rico (rich Hill) see the mines that so many worked and died in
    Laguna Colorada with her flamingos

    Santa Cruz
    Baroque music festivals in beautiful San Javier
    Aquas Caliente at Conception
    Jesuit Missions Of Chiquitos
    The rock formation Piedra de los Apostoles in San Javier
    The Amazon Basin!!

    Salar de Uyuni
    The world’s largest salt flats
    Sleep in a hotel made of salt!
    Great Train Graveyard
    Laguna Colorado
    Laguna Verde

    Check out the Sajama Lines, they are 15 times larger than the Nazca Lines in Peru.

    After that check out these Ancient Ruin sites:
    Tiwanaku / Puma Punku
    El Fuerte de Samaipata
    Ciudadela Alcaya
    Underwater Ruins at Titicaca
    Chinkana Isla del Sol
    Iñaq Uyu Isla de la Luna Titicaca
    Horca del Inca Copacabana
    Valle de Tucavaca

    And after that see these National Parks
    Madidi National Park
    Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve
    Amboro National Park
    Sajama National Park
    Noel Kempff Mercado National Park
    Kaa Iya National Park (Jaguars!)
    Torotoro National Park
    Cal Orcko
    Carrasco National Park (oilbirds & bats)
    Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park
    Incachaca Park
  5. Innovator525

    Innovator525 Adventurer

    Mar 10, 2013
    Piney Fork, Ohio
    Great report, love the zebras.
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