Bolivia is a beautiful, geographically and diverse country. It is also the highest and most isolated country in South America. It stretches from majestic snow covered mountains and isolated high-altitude deserts of the Andes to the massive savannahs and the rainforests of the Amazon.
We have also made a video about our time in Bolivia. http://twobikersoneworld.com/movies
The border crossing and customs clearance on the Peruvian side went smooth, but the customs on the Bolivian side said that they had a problem with their computer system and that it would take a few hours before we could proceed. However, they informed us that they could fast track us manually for a small fee of 10 USD… which we just responded “no comprendo” to, as always. We refuse to pay bribes to dodgy officials and the best way to avoid this is to pretend that you don’t understand. The same happened at the immigration when they insisted that we needed a 3rd Party insurance for the bikes, which wasn’t available to buy at the border. The officers told me that they could turn a blind eye if we paid 3 USD per bike… “no comprendo…” we answered again.
In Bolivia people are not very tall… so for Anders it was sometimes a challenge to reach the immigration 😂😂
Just when we crossed the border into Bolivia my fuel pump decided to stop working. Luckily we have learnt to have one as spare so 30 minutes later we were on the way again.
Bolivia is full of breathtaking sceneries
We saw lots flamingos in the Andes… didn’t know they enjoyed high altitudes. The highest altitudes where we saw flamingos were in Chile at about 4600 meter and it was freezing cold.
La Paz is the highest capital city in the world, 3,640 metres above sea level. It was a bit scary to ride the cable car but the view of La Paz was outstanding. Riding through La Paz was fun, nearly like being back in India 😀
La Paz is full of women wearing bowler hats.
… amongst other types of headwear
Christmas in La Paz
We celebrated Christmas with a bunch of wonderful people just outside La Paz. We camped at the Colibri Camping for over a week. It was a perfect location as a “base camp” for our daytrips to La Paz city centre, the Death Road etc..
These lovely guys had prepared a lovely Christmas dinner for us and we even got a little Santa each.
I just didn’t expect to meet Santa in Bolivia…
The day before Christmas Eve we rode the Death Road that is said to be one of the world’s top 10 most dangerous roads. Though it was a narrow road with steep drops, both Anders and I agreed that we have been riding a lot more scary roads but I guess that in heavy rain that road can be lethal. Anyway, it was a fantastic ride with beautiful scenery.
On our way back to the campsite Anders became very sick and by the time we arrived he was completely knocked out… I was seriously worried as his temperature went sky high and he was shivering like mad. These are the times when staying in a tent far from a toilet is not very pleasant. However, the next day, on Christmas Eve he was well enough to join in for a meal with lovely friends.
The Death Road is the only road in Bolivia where people drive on the left hand side of the road.
Salar de Uyuni and Dakar
We arrived to Salar de Uyuni just after New Year. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. It’s an old prehistoric lake that went dry and left behind a desert nearly 11,000 square kilometre landscape of bright-white salt. On the 7th of January the Dakar Rally rolled into Uyuni, we were so lucky that we happened to be there. It was really cool to see this in the flesh.
These lovely people probably thought we were riding the Dakar.
You better be nice to the police in Bolivia otherwise…
The photo above is for one of my art projects I am working on and in the photos below we are just having fun with our Helmets, Touratech Aventuro Carbon
By a coincidence we met our Irish friend Brendan again and his two mates.
Why not park the bikes in the laundry 😀