Uyuni

I am posting this earlier than normal because it’s not a very riveting post. In fact it almost didn’t go up. There is little to get excited about in Uyuni. The only thing that’s really interesting in Uyuni proper was the topic of my last post, the train graveyard. So why do people visit Uyuni? It’s because tours to the largest salt flats in the world leave from here. Unfortunately when I arrived there were several snow storms that closed a large portion of the reserve. I didn’t want to pay a fortune to experience part of the trip so I hung around this dusty city. What I did as I waited for better weather? I wrote a ton for the blog. I read a bunch. I listened to a ton of podcasts. I got the zipper on my jeans fixed by the market. I extended my Bolivian visa an…

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Cerro Rico

The whole reason I came to Potosi was to visit Cerro Rico. Up until this point, I had never visited a mine. I have visited plenty of caves and I was interested to see how an artificial underground system stacked up to a natural one. Also I was curious as to the conditions inside the mines and how the miners worked. I booked a tour in town after reading different reviews and walking into a few places. Our group was a small group of 3. A guy from California, and man from Moscow.  Cerro Rico Mining Tour The tour started by getting us dressed into this fashionable miner attire. It’s remarkable that I was not solicited looking this sexy. After we were dressed, we are taken to the miners market. It’s basically a street in Potosi that has different shops that sell things that miners use. It’s not a market…

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Train Graveyard in Uyuni

The highlight of being in Uyuni was the Train Graveyard. Those of you that know me know I like to go into abandoned places and this graveyard fit the bill. It was not necessarily abandoned but it had the qualities of decay, that I find fascinating about these places. The Journey to the Train Graveyard I looked at my maps.me app and walked towards the graveyard. It was a dusty journey and felt like a scene from an old western. At times I would be whipped by the sand-filled wind. All that was missing were tumbleweeds. Sadly, there was a ton of garbage along the way. There were these deposits as well as a collection of little shrubs that were covered in plastic bags. The wind would carry the bag and they would eventually get impaled on the shrubs. Not exactly good for their photosynthesis.  Arrival to the train graveyard…

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6 Months of Travel Expenses in Peru & Bolivia

I thought it was time for an update on my travel expenses. At the time of writing this I am more than 7 months into this leg of my trip. As is customary for me, I am moving slow through the region and have had 2 “homes” during this time, Cusco, Peru and Sucre, Bolivia. I spent more than a month in each location and enjoyed establishing some semblance of a routine. Staying put in this way allows you to really get to know a location and save on travel expenses. There is no bus/airfare to spend on, you can negotiate better rates for longer stays, and you figure out which restaurants have the good breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials`. This post is skipping ahead of narratory posts. I have not yet shared all the experiences across the 3 months I spent in Bolivia. However, I want to make it…

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Potosi

I decided to visit potosi because I wanted to visit Cerro Rico a mine that has a historic and huge economic influence on potosi and the region. I learned about this particular location through the UNESCO interactive map. I use it sometimes to find things that I otherwise might not encounter. Some of their sites are well known and visited, and others less so.  The altitude of Potosi is 13,420 feet so hiking around with my full backpack was a challenging endeavor. It took me a long time to find accommodations that I felt were reasonably priced. As I discovered, the prices in Potosi were around double of what I was paying in La Paz. I wound up choosing a place that was priced more than my room back in La Paz and had no internet. 🙁 I figured, compared to the prices of the other places I had found, it…

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