Wrap Up: La Paz

Contrary to most I’ve met on the road, I loved La Paz and ended up spending quite a bit of time there. It was gritty, beautiful, freezing cold, always full of people, sometimes a total pain in the ass (like when the ATM ate my credit card for no reason), and definitely third world. But there was a charm and an intrigue to this harsh city. Read more

Off to the Salt Flats

Despite the guidebooks uniformity listing Salar de Uyuni as a top highlight of South America, I was initially planning on skipping it. That would have been a big mistake. But after the Jungle trip, three more days in a car sounded miserable. To top it off, the interwebs is awash with stories of drunk drivers, sub-standard accommodations, and warnings to bring your own provisions. Hmm, this didn’t sound so fun.  Read more

Off to the Jungle (and Savannah)

Brother Steven and Cousin Ben get bored, extremely fast. After they had a single day in the city of La Paz (with two day trip outings, golf and biking) they were ready to get out of town and suggested we head to the Amazon. I considered staying in La Paz in order to take a week or two of Spanish, but since we were going to be able to get back to La Paz by Sunday (tours typically are two nights), I figured I would join them and check out the rainforest.  Read more