Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bolivia

Welcome to Boliva! Ancient altar on Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca. La Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca. Looking out from the Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca. Panasonic Ferry crossing on a channel in Lake Titicaca. Ferry crossing on Lake Titicaca. Downtown La Paz and Illumani. Outside the presidential palace in La Paz.  Bullet holes can be seen around the doors. La Paz, highrises and colonial houses. Cross walk Zebras on the Prado, La Paz. El Camino de Muerte. Living on the edge, El Camino de Muerte. Calle Jaen, La Paz colonial district. Korean cyclist dinner in La Paz. Bolivian rail near where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid met their end. Geography near Potosi. The rock looks like a fat woman. Demonstration of mine safety equipment and how hot it gets in there. Ready for the mines. View over Potosi. Cerro Rico. Ready for blasting. A not so comfortable tunnel. It's over 40 degrees celcius in this chamber where they load up the 2 ton carts. Operating the electric winch. Miners at work. El Tio. The day of Kindergarten parades in Potosi. Mule powered silver squisher. A special chest with 32 silver hinges comprising the locking mechanism. Silver spoons. Silver llama pipe. Bolivianita, a special type of stone only found in Bolivia. Catholic and Indigenous influences appear in this painting of Cerro Rico. Llamas near Uyuni, Bolivia. Packing up our food cache to be sent ahead in Uyuni, Bolivia. Ojos del sal on the Salar de Uyuni. Eyes closed on the Salar de Uyuni. Riding on the Salar de Uyuni. Cycling at its purest on the Salar de Uyuni. Honeymooning on the Salar de Uyuni. Cycling on salt on the Salar de Uyuni. Isla Incahuasi on the Salar de Uyuni. Cacti on Isla Incahuasi in the Salar de Uyuni. View from the refugio on Isla Incahuasi in the Salar de Uyuni. Where to? Isla Incahuasi from 30km away on the Salar de Uyuni. Jenn about to brush her teeth. Bike surfing on the Salar de Uyuni. Devil on my shoulder Angel on my shoulder. Vroom vroom. Nothing but us and salt on the Salar de Uyuni. Walking the bike through harsh winds and a duststorm near San Juan, Southwestern Bolivia. Staying in a salt hotel in San Juan, Southwestern Bolivia. Riding on the best road in Bolivia across the mud flats towards Chiguana, Southwestern Bolivia. Riding through red rock formations near Villa Alota, Southwestern Bolivia. Cute sign. Crossing a bridge outside Villa Alota, Southwestern Bolivia. Rock gardens between Villa Alota and Villamar, Southwestern Bolivia. Viscacha in the rocks near Villamar, Southwestern Bolivia. Headed towards Paso Salar Capina (4660m), Southwestern Bolivia. Salar Capina, Southwestern Bolivia. After an enriching experience staying at a lithium mining camp near Salar Capina, Southwestern Bolivia. Descending towards Laguna Colorada, Southwestern Bolivia. Descending to Laguna Colorada, Southwestern Bolivia. Flamingoes in the distance on Laguna Colorada, Southwestern Bolivia. Flamingo eggs and dead flamingoes near Laguna Colorada, Southwestern Bolivia. Flamingoes on Laguna Colorada, Southwestern Bolivia. Flamingoes at 4300m on Laguna Colorada, Southwestern Bolivia. Flamingoes in flight on Laguna Colorada, Southwestern Bolivia. Setting up camp at 4900m in 60km/hr winds near geyser Sol de Manana, Southwestern Bolivia. Geyser Sol de Manana, Southwestern Bolivia. Bubbling mudpits at Sol de Manana, Southwestern Bolivia. At Paso Sol de Manana, Southwestern Bolivia.  Our highest pass of the trip at 4950m. Riding through what could be a Martian landscape at 4900m in Southwestern Bolivia. Laguna Chalviri, Southwestern Bolivia. Soaking in thermales and watching flamingoes at 4400m, Laguna Chalviri, Southwestern Bolivia. Vicunas and mountains in Southwestern Bolivia. Piedras del Dali, Southwestern Bolivia. Paso Condor (4700m), Southwestern Bolivia. Paso Condor (4700m) in Southwestern Bolivia. Laguna Verde and Volcan Licancabur (5900m), Southwestern Bolivia. Laguna Verde and Volcan Licancabur (5900m), Southwestern Bolivia. Laguna Verde, Southwestern Bolivia. Stream crossing alongside Laguna Verde, Southwestern Bolivia. Unreal sunset at Laguna Blanca, Southwestern Bolivia. Volcanoes near Laguna Blanca, Southwestern Bolivia. Frozen Laguna Blanca, Southwestern Bolivia.

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