BOLIVIA – WHERE THE AUTHENTIC STILL EXISTS
It's a window on the past. The market streets of La Paz, where Indian shamans predict your future and where they sell lama foetuses to offer to Mamapacha or Mother Earth. The Altiplano, the Bolivian highland with its snow covered mountains, where herds of lamas, alpacas and also wild vicuñas roam and where almost-collapsing busses find their way through winding sand roads, passing through dusty western villages. The 'comunidades', where the houses are made of clay and straw, where the land still is being ploughed with the help of oxen, and where the elderly don't speak Spanish but Quechua or Aymara…
It's a country of extremes. Former coca grower and current president Evo Morales, the protector of the indigenous minorities (Bolivia has more than 30 minority groups), facing the rich province of Santa Cruz that searches for more autonomy and closer relations with the West. Rich residential neighbourhoods and toxic mines, where workers slave away for a couple of dollars per day. One of world's driest desserts, not far away from the rain forest…
It is untouched. He who travels over that extended highland, who looks at those snow covered mountains, who sails through the Rainforest, or stares at a sunset in the dessert, will feel that he's on an expedition. Travelling there might be more difficult than in other countries but in Bolivia the authentic still exists. Experience it for yourself!
Excursions to Bolivia (combinable with your holiday in Peru):
Three day tour over the salt flat of Uyuni
Four day jungle adventure
Expeditions near La Paz, mountaineering and Death Road