Bolivia, South America

The otherworldly landscapes of Bolivia

October 25, 2011


No, I am not lost in the Andes and nor have I found myself in hospital in a fourth country after having been mauled by a savage pack of South American stray dogs (though not for a lack of trying on their part).

Nope, I’m in Sydney, doing my best to settle into life without a backpack and wondering how on earth I’m ever going to manage to do justice on this blog to the experiences of the last few months.

There is still so much I have to tell you about Peru, about Bolivia and about how freaking expensive Argentina was.

But while I procrastinate, head to Flickr and check out some images from my four days in a 4WD through the otherworldly landscapes of Bolivia. 



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  • Reply Kyle October 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Holy wow. Bolivia looks absolutely…surreal.

    • Reply MeganRTW October 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      Surreal indeed, Kyle! Sometimes the landscape was quite similar to Tibet, where you always feel like you’re on the moon. But in Bolivia the colour palette is a bit more diverse (with reds joining the greys and blues) so you end up feeling like you’re in a Dali painting!

  • Reply Erik Smith October 26, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Amazing. Such a diverse little country.

    • Reply MeganRTW October 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      Bolivia is incredible, Erik. If you’re headed to South America, I think it’s unmissable.

  • Reply Heather October 26, 2011 at 3:58 am

    I have missed you! Looking at the photos now — wow!!

  • Reply Romana October 27, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Fantastic pictures Megan!

  • Reply Javier October 28, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Las fotos son bellísimas! Incríble que exista un lugar así. Espero el próximo año visitar Sudamerica. Antes, estaré en Medio Oriente y Norte de África durante Noviembre, el tiempo que me alcanzan las vacaciones.

    Me encantó tu blog. Te escribí un email pero no se si te llegó.


    • Reply MeganRTW October 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      Hola Javier! Sorry my Spanish is not good enough to reply to you in Spanish 🙂 I was just in Argentina where the Spanish is very difficult to understand and I think it made me forget all that I had learned!

      I have replied to your email with some tips on Jordan – I’m so jealous about your travels, sounds like you’ll be seeing some amazing places.

  • Reply Sylvie October 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Hi Megan, your pictures are amazing, thank you for sharing! Would you remember which company you used for the 4WD trip, and if they were good? Thank you!

    • Reply MeganRTW October 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks Sylvie 🙂 I travelled from Tupiza – Tupiza on a four day circuit (if you start from Tupiza you can also finish in Uyuni and cross into Chile or head up to La Paz). I strongly recommend doing it that way. It’s more expensive than the trips that leave from Uyuni but the quality and safety standards are miles ahead.

      There are 2 main tour operators in Tupiza and they are very similar. I travelled with La Torre tours, who were excellent. Our driver was very responsible and our cook excellent. A friend travelled on a Tupiza tours trip that left the same day I did and her experience was virtually identical. So whichever you choose you’re going to have an amazing experience.

      • Reply Sylvie October 31, 2011 at 6:50 am

        Thank you Megan, I just checked their websites and it looks indeed very professional! Looking forward to reading your future posts!

        • Reply MeganRTW December 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

          No problems, let me know how your trip goes!

  • Reply For 91 Days Travel Blog December 2, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Love your Salt Flat photos… when we went we ended up in a snow storm, kind of scary and had to skip the geyser! Was really looking forward to it. Well we have to go back.

    What else have you done in Bolivia?

    • Reply MeganRTW December 10, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Hey there! It wasn’t snowing when I was there – and it wasn’t even all that cold! Our sleeping bags were plenty warm enough at night but we knew of people having problems being freezing especially once you get up past 4,000m.

      I did some trekking around Sucre, spent several days in La Paz and explored Potosi (but I didn’t go underground!) while I was in Bolivia. From Tupiza I went straight to the Argentinian border.

  • Reply Andrew Graeme Gould December 7, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Amazing scenes of a landscape I’ve yet to see in person, but will before long.
    All the best from Santiago… where the street dogs are plentiful but placid.

    • Reply MeganRTW December 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Thanks Andrew! Glad to hear the street dogs in Santiago are placid. I didn’t make it to Chile this time, but it’s on my list for next time 🙂

  • Reply Christine | Grrrl Traveler February 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    was wondering what happened to you after the ziplining.

    Wow* AWESOME PHOTOS* I gotta get myself out to Bolivia!

    • Reply MeganRTW February 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Ha, nope not eaten by dogs 😀 Bolivia was certainly amazing – it really was the highlight for me.

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