Tag - Bolivia

PotD: 40 – First view of Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

It took a while for the Bolivia Hop bus to make its way out of the congested streets of La Paz but eventually we were clear and heading off towards Lake Titicaca. This was our first quick stop en route; I imagine there must be quite a few shots taken from this same vantage point but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. This is also one...

PotD: 39 – La Paz cityscape

La Paz

After being surrounded by all that vast open space during my Salar de Uyuni tour, I found it hard to adjust to the mass of humanity visible from my 12th floor room window. I spent the day walking around La Paz but decided pretty quickly that I’d like to be somewhere else for the approaching new year. I’d usually consider myself a city...

Salar de Uyuni tour

Salar de Uyuni

When doing a tour of the Salar de Uyuni, the salt flats themselves are only a small part of what you get to see when you visit this spectacular corner of the world. I’d heard a lot of good things about the amazing landscapes up in this part of the Bolivian altiplano but it is only when you experience the variety unfolding before you that you...

PotD: 38 – Cactus Island

Cactus Island

Cactus Island, or Isla Incahuasi, is a rocky outcrop in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni covered in giant cacti. It’s a popular early morning spot for all those doing the tour and gives a great high vantage point of the surrounding salt flats. A truly breathtaking finale to a wonderful four days. Having been in the middle of nowhere for so...

PotD: 37 – Rock Tree

Rock tree

The Rock Tree, or ‘Arbol de Piedra’,  is just another of those marvels of nature that the Bolivian altiplano throws up frequently to remind you that you are witnessing a truly unique part of the world. It still amazes me as I look back and remember how much the landscape would change as we drove through the area round the Salar de...

PotD: 36 – Elemental Landscape

Elemental Landscape

When you get high up on the Bolivian altiplano, the weather tends to happen right there in front of you, rather than up above. Throw in a bleak landscape and you end up with a rather imposing elemental force. The rains had been running late because of ‘El Niño’ but as the trip went on we started to see the rain clouds building up...

PotD: 35 – A rare self-portrait

self-portrait

It’s not often that I appear on the other side of the lens so I thought I’d say hello with this self-portrait shot on our first overnight stay in the Bolivian altiplano. The dormitory accommodation was very basic during the tour but was always clean, with plenty of blankets to keep you warm once the generators shut down for the night...

PotD: 34 – Palette Earth

Palette Earth

I hope this landscape gives some idea of the different tones and hues that surround you in the Bolivian altiplano, or ‘Palette Earth’ as I like to call it. With so much open space and so little vegetation growing in these vast arid lands, you become very aware of the changes in the terrain, being able to see long distances to the...

PotD: 33 – Landscape Art in a Landscape

Landscape Art

I think I took this ‘Landscape Art within a Landscape’ the morning of our second day. Driving out of the small community where we had spent the night, the last building had this mural that jumped out at you from the surroundings. It was a beautifully clear morning high up on the altiplano and the colours just popped. Our driver...

Tupiza as a starting point

Tupiza street

Tupiza may not be the most happening town nor the most obvious starting place for a tour to the Salar de Uyuni (that would be the actual town of Uyuni) but I had met enough people on my travels who suggested that Tupiza was the place to go to if you wanted a more pleasant experience. Apparently, the attitude from the majority of tour operators in...