Talismans, cure-alls and mystic ointments – welcome to Bolivia’s famous Witches Market.
If you’re debating Bolivia vs Peru vs Ecuador for your next South American adventure, this might just tip the scales. Prepare for serious wanderlust.
Unless you’re an astronaut (if you are – can we be friends?), most of us will never walk on the moon. But on the Bolivian Altiplano, you can get pretty close.
If you’re feeling a little blue, then travelling to Bolivia could be right up your alley thanks to a great local treat.
Maize is a food with endless permutations; fresh, popped, ground into flour for bread, as a syrup, or an oil. Travelling through Latin America you will find so many delicious foods with maize as the main ingredient. Travelling in Bolivia you will find something extra special. A blue maize drink called api.
Bolivia boasts surreal moon valley landscapes, whitewashed colonial buildings and a city that was once one of the richest in the world.
So what did Ben Holland pick as his favourite real life experiences on his Explore Bolivia and Argentina trip?…
“Besides the dust and the bouts of altitude sickness, I have been lucky to have some great experiences and see some amazing landscapes. Here are my Bolivia Top 5:
If your Top 10 includes the world’s best off-the-beaten-track destinations, then you’ll understand why Southern Adventure – La Paz to Rio has made Intrepid’s list. As Intrepid Express reader Paul McMahon explains, Bolivia is one of those seeing-is-believing experiences…
“An enjoyable tingly feeling rises through my body as we begin to ascend above 3000m, altitude sickness can’t be that bad? Soon before us are the plains of the Uyuni salt lake and before I know it the landscape begins to distort size and matter. It is not until the random appearance of a small island filled with cacti that images are re-established on this bumpy ride.
Being stuck below ground is our worst nightmare, but imagine if you were forced to look the devil in the eye every morning as you headed into the subterranean world. Intrepid traveller Jacqueline Donaldson discovered what it was like for the underground workers of Bolivia…
“If God is in the sky then the devil must be in the ground” was what a Potosi miner told me when I was surprised by an effigy of the devil on entering the dark entrance to a mine in the intriguing city of Potosi. As I watched, miners filed past giving small offerings to the devil to keep them safe for the working day.