Bolivia

My Almost Dangerous Encounters with Animals Abroad

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Me and a crocodile in Bolivia

When you travel, everyone’s constantly warning you about the people you might encounter. What they don’t tell you is that you’ll eventually interact with other species in ways you weren’t expecting; that lush tropical foliage can harbor bugs that are bigger and more fierce than anything you could’ve imagined and in seemingly urban environments, the […]

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Bolivian Transportation Survival Guide

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Home to the official “World’s Most Dangerous Road”, Bolivia is notoriously challenging to travel through. Its extreme geography is a huge part of what makes it such a unique country, but it can also make it tricky to get from place to place. If you plan on visiting many different parts of the country, it’s […]

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Bolivian Expectations: Hostels

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As I was preparing for traveling through Bolivia, I noticed that there was very little information on what I might find there. I know that not knowing what to expect and figuring it out upon arrival can be part of the fun of travel. But sometimes a little preparation allows you to make the most […]

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The Crossing of the Return Threshold

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August 20, 2009 You travel seeking to fulfill a desire to see and experience a place, but you inevitably end up leaving wanting more. Each trip that uncovers a little piece of the world signals that there is much more left to seek out on this miraculous Earth. The vicious cycle of wanderlust. At the […]

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The Beautiful Struggle Comes to an End

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August 19, 2009 The last few grains of sand were falling to the bottom of the hourglass; my time in South America was coming to an end. Santa Cruz de la Sierra proved to be a good place to transition back into the “modern” world. It’s a plain and ordinary city that makes you feel […]

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Ginger’s Paradise

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August 17, 2009 Some people visit Samaipata and the surrounding areas because of the Ruta del Che which follows Che Guevara’s path from his arrival in Bolivia to the site of his death. You won’t find me sporting a t-shirt with the ubiquitous image of Che Guevara, but I find his life and the way he […]

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Where the Giant Ferns Grow

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August 16, 2009 With giant ferns, looks are deceiving. What appear to be tree trunks are actually decomposed plant parts. If you touch one, it feels like dirt rather than wood. This “trunk” made of decayed organic matter protects and supports the palm tree-like fronds that sprout up from the top. Clever and resourceful beings. […]

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The Traveler Community

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August 15, 2009 Where the hell is that? Why are you going there? These were the questions asked by the confused faces of people I encountered along my trip when I told them I was going to Samaipata. I didn’t have the answers. From what I’d read about it, I sensed that it would a […]

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