Our trip to Bolivia was an unplanned adventure with two photographer friends. We only had a two weeks notice for some quick planning and before we knew it we found ourselves on a crazy journey around one of the least-developed and poorest countries in South America.
Bolivia is rarely a top country on most people’s list – known mostly for La Paz, its crime ridden capital 3600 meters above sea level and its immense white Salt Flats that go on to the horizon in all directions.
But what we discovered in these 2.5 weeks was so much more: snow capped volcanos, high altitude cities with spanish architecture still remaining from a colonial past, shallow salty seas, endless starry night skies, gorgeous pink flamingos, high altitude hot springs, algae filled bright red lagunas and bright green ones filled with poisonous arsenic.
We spent 17 days at the elevation of 3600-5000 meters, dealt with the effects of altitude sickness and dehydration, endured the freezing nights to photograph the stars and sunrises, spent 9 days off-roading and sleeping in basic accommodations with no running water or heat. Bolivia is not for the faint of heart or those wanting a relaxing vacation, but its so raw, challenging, unpredictable, beautiful and captivating that we cannot wait to go back. This trip we saw so much, but felt as if we only got a small glimpse and not even scratched the surface of what this country has to offer. We’ll be back and next time for a period of time much longer than 3 weeks and to tell a more detailed story about this other world high in the Andean Mountains.
Roma and Natalia are world travelers, photographers, and an all around fun couple. When they are not travelling far away continents or driving around USA in their trusted Highlander, they can be found in San Francisco, California.