Bolivia is one of those countries that many people I’ve met either bypass entirely or spend minimal time. Hell, I’m one of those only spending 2 weeks in a country that warrants a little more time! This is how I spent 2 weeks in this incredible country.
I’ve said it before, but this planet doesn’t stop amazing me. I spent the past 4 days cruising through the Bolivian Altiplano (high plateau) and I can’t recall being bored once over the 1,000km journey – the scenery and landscapes are otherworldly – I’ve never seen anything like it!
I’ve never been into an active mine, or any mine for that matter, but I had heard the stories about Cerro Rico, a once silver-rich mine dating back to the 1800’s that was one of the major suppliers of silver for the metal-hungry Spanish. Sure Marc, let’s go for a tour in an ancient mine, in the middle of nowhere. Great idea.
The first thing you notice about La Paz when you’re flying into the city is that it’s super flat. Well, that’s what I thought until I got into the taxi and made my way into the city proper – it’s like this metropolis has been built into a gigantic crater rim!
I was a little caught off guard about this as we don’t need visa’s for virtually all of the East and most of South America. I presumed Bolivia would be the same but I was wrong. There’s a lot of bad information out there about this visa – I hope this post will clear it up.