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Bolivia

Bilan de notre séjour en Bolivie

Log Book - Bolivia

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On a aimé :

•    Les paysages merveilleux de ce pays. En effet, la Bolivie offre une diversité de décors et une large palette de couleurs qui ont comblé nos yeux !

•    L’artisanat. Les marchés artisanaux boliviens sont pleins de couleurs et remplis d’objets originaux de qualité.

•    Les 3 semaines passées avec Viva-america.org. Nous avons fait environ mille kilomètres en compagnie de cette équipe de voyageurs de choc. On a adoré les moments passés avec eux  à discuter, à rire et à découvrir.


On n’a pas aimé :

•    Les fœtus de lama vendus sur les marchés de La Paz (selon les croyances boliviennes, le fait d’enterrer un fœtus de lama sous les fondations de sa maison apporte chance et bonheur au sein du foyer).

•    L’accueil peu chaleureux des Boliviens. Certes, cela reste seulement notre avis et notre expérience, mais la population bolivienne nous a semblé très froide et peu accueillante… est-ce une forme de timidité ou est-ce un ras-le-bol de voir de plus en plus de touristes envahir leur pays ?

•    N’avoir pas assez de temps pour découvrir le pays de fond en comble tant les paysages nous ont scotchés !

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Les fameux foetus de Lama...


Meilleur souvenir :

•    Pour Delphine : la route de la mort ! Je regrette seulement une chose : ne pas avoir assez admiré le paysage durant la première heure (la route était tellement caillouteuse que j’ai préféré jouer la prudence).

•    Pour Maxime : le Salar d’Uyuni sans aucun doute.


Notre coup de cœur :

•    Pour Delphine : J’ai été très émue de voir la joie des quatre enfants des rues de Sucre lorsque l’équipe de Viva-America leur a payé à chacun un menu du jour dans le restaurant où nous mangions. Ils étaient hyper heureux et nous ont tapés dans les mains pour nous remercier.

•    Pour Maxime : pouvoir être témoin du travail des mineurs à Potosi. C’est une réalité difficile que je n’oublierai pas.


Ca nous a fait rire :

•    Le jeu des loups garous et des villageois, soigneusement expliqué par Ramy. C’est un jeu de cartes hyper sympa, on le garde en tête pour l’importer en Normandie (fous rires garantis).

•    Les séances de karaoké et de « création » de chansons pour faire passer le temps dans les voitures.


Ca nous a fait moins rire !

•    Les problèmes digestifs que nous avons tous les deux eu le « plaisir » de connaître. Tous les voyageurs que nous avions croisés sur notre chemin nous avaient prévenus des dangers de la nourriture et de l’eau en Bolivie. Et bien, à quelques 100 km de la frontière chilienne, nous avons gouté à cette turista bolivienne… Franchement, difficile de s’en remettre.


Ca nous a étonnés:

•    Les empreintes de dinosaures si bien conservées dans la région de Torotoro.

•    De voir que les mineurs boivent de l’alcool à 96% ! Incroyable.

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Notre itinéraire en Bolivie

Uyuni Salar & South Lipez

Log Book - Bolivia

 

The Uyuni Salar was one of our best memory so far. The landscapes were INCREDIBLE. As we don't have that much time we are going to explain you our trip there with pictures Wink

 

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The preparation of the 4x4 by our guide "Jimmy"

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The first stop was the train cemetery.

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This is what we saw the day before going to the Salar from a hill. We couldn't wait!

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We had the feeling to be in the sky, flying!

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Sunset in the desert

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Rocks in the desert were everywhere!

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The famous rock which looks like a tree

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Flamingo

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El laguna colorado

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El laguna verde

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Sunup in a geyser field.

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Sunup in the desert

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Thermal baths in the desert. Sooooo good!

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And that's it Bolivia it's over and we are now in Chile for 2 days before reaching Argentina!


The mines of Potosi

Log Book - Bolivia

It is impossible to go to Potosi without visiting the mines of the area. We went to these mines to discover the work conditions of the Bolivian miners.

In the mines of Cerro Rico, the work is done in a old tradition. The miners extract silver or zinc with a pick. There is a variation of temperature very imressive: from 0 to 45 degrees celsius within a few minutes. Inside the mines, the atmosphere is more and more difficult to support, there is less oxygene and the dirt cuts our breath.

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Ready for a walk in the mine..

 

We walked during two hours in the mines. The tour was not easy to do: we went to several small and muddy tunnels, where we went through hot areas and then cold areas. We crossed a lot of troleys plenty of ores towed by four miners (we had to clear the way quickly for the workers of the mine).

 

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This is the god of the mine which protects the miners and brings them a goof production.

 

We met a few miners. They told us they were happy and proud to work as miners, like their father and grand-father. It was a big surprise for us to see that they were satisfied of their work because their work conditions seemed to be so tough. They live up to 35 - 40 years old, they are often alcoholic (they drink alcool up to 96% to give them power and courage) and they often are sick after 15 years spent in the mine.

 

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2 miners which are going out the mine to bring their production.

 

This walk in the mine was very touching because we saw the sad reality of the life of a Bolivian miner.

 

On the road to Torotoro and the cave of Umajalanta

Log Book - Bolivia

After 3 nights in La Paz, our goal was to go to Sucre in two days: we did not want to drive for 12 hours in a raw so we wanted to make a break in a city on the road. So we did it in 2 steps. First of all, we observed the map and studied all the possible options. Then, finally, we chose: La Paz – Torotoro and Torotoro – Sucre.

Why did we choose Torotoro? Because the Lonely Planet guide described this area like one of the most wonderful national park of Bolivia, with a small and very nice town, a kind population, a cave to visit and a lot prints of dinosaurs to see. Everybody seemed to be ok about the destination; we left then La Paz on the track of the Bolivian dinosaurs!!!

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We took lots of hours for only a few 250 km on a stony and sinuous road. The landscape was beautiful : mountains, canyons and countryside... It made us forget the 5 hours in the car ! Arrived to Torotoro, we were so hungry that we found immediately a hostel and the « comedor popular » (a kind of canteen of the village).

Then, we decided to do a guided tour to visit the cave of Umajalanta. We discovered on our way a few prints of dinosaurs. These were prints of carnivorous and herbivorous bipeds. The day after, we also saw a few prints of diplodocus. It was so impressive to see them after more than 100 million of years.

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Puis, nous approchons de la grotte et là, nous nous enfonçons dans le noir, la visite commence ! La descente est plutôt physique, nous franchissons une petite rivière, nous nous faufilons entre d’immenses pierres, nous rampons pendant quelques mètres et nous descendons en rappel à certains moments. Notre guide, Pablo, fait preuve d’un très grand professionnalisme et nous aide lors des passages les plus difficiles. Durant ces 3 heures de visite sportive, nous découvrirons 8 salles remplies de stalactites et stalagmites, nous verrons des chauves-souris vampires (qui ne s’attaquent pas aux humains) et nous aurons la chance de voir les uniques stalactites noires du monde entier (selon Pablo, ce sont les matières minérales de la région qui ont donné cette couleur si noire aux stalactites). Nous rentrerons à notre auberge vers 21H, contents de cette ballade sportive mais superbe dans les sous-sols de la Terre.

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We started our visit in the dark cave with our lamp in our head. It was a sporty walk down to the cave. We crossed a river, we crept under stones during a few meters and we abseiled down the rocks three times. Our guide, Pablo, was really professional, serious and he helped us when the way was difficult. For 3 hours, we discovered 8 « exhibition rooms » with a lot of stalactites and stalagmites, we saw as well bats. We went back to the hostel at around 9:00 pm. We really enjoyed this walk in the cave even if it was tough sometimes.

Copacabana & la Isla del Sol - La Paz & the death road

Log Book - Bolivia

Normal 0 21 false false false FR X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Our first steps in Bolivia didn’t start so well because we had to give money at the frontier between Peru and Bolivia. 22 $ instead of 2$... The policemen wanted a bonus for themselves.

A couple of hours later we arrived in Copacabana a very pleasant town in front of the Lake Titicaca. We really loved the atmosphere of the town. We also loved its sweets!

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Copacabana city, a view from a hill.

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The "temptation market"!

After 2 days of break in this town we decided to visit the “Isla del Sol” with the friends we’ve met in Peru. The legend says that the first Incas Manco Capac and his sister Mama Ocllo appeared there. The island was very beautiful.

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The beautiful Isla del Sol

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Viva-America team and En piste pour le monde team on the Isla del Sol

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During the way back to Copacabana we stopped in the Titicaca to swim a bit in the Titicaca! The water was very cold but it was unforgettable.

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They swam in the Titicaca lake!

We left Copacabana to La Paz which is a town without interest but its handcraft. So we bought some and sent some boxes in France to be lighter for the rest of the travel.

From La Paz we biked on the death road and once again this was unforgettable. We saw wonderful landscapes and it was a really big pleasure to do this.

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THis is the impressive "death road" closed to La Paz in Bolivia.

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Wink after the way down. We survived to this dangerous road!


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