Chojasivi – The Newest Tourist Destination in Bolivia

Sailboats on the lake Chojasivi is a town on the shores of Lake Titicaca, about 2 hours from La Paz. A friend of mine is volunteering for the NGO which is working there to try to make the town a tourist destination. I spent this past weekend there as one of the first groups of tourists to visit the town. It was a really interesting experience, and I learned a few things: 1) it is possible to travel 75km for under $1, 2) it is difficult to take pictures while riding on a donkey and 3) I am not very good at traditional Bolivian dancing!

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Posted in bolivia | travel Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2007-09-03 22:41

Salar de Uyuni

Ever since I have arrived in Bolivia, whenever speaking to Bolivians about what things I should see while I’m here, Salar de Uyuni inevitably comes up. I can now say I have been there! Salar de Uyuni is a large salt flat in southwestern Bolivia, about 10 hours south of La Paz. It has been formed by the evaporation of a salt water lake and it really is incredible to see. Unfortunately, my camera decided to malfunction on me at the start of this little trip, so I will have to get pictures from the others who were there. I will post some when I get a chance.

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Posted in bolivia | travel Submitted by Meg on Thu, 2007-08-30 18:21

Cusco Part 2: How can there possibly be more Inca Ruins?

Gateway to cusco_3Day 9 continued…

This would be the last leg of our trip before heading back to La Paz. If you are reading this before the two previous posts, please start at Cusco Part 1, then Tambopata, and then read this one.

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Posted in peru | travel Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2007-08-11 14:50

Tambopata: The Peruvian Jungle

Day 5

From Canopy Tower_6On Tuesday, we began the second leg of the trip…the adventure deep into the Peruvian jungle!! Personally, this was my favourite part of the trip because we were outdoors within nature that has hardly been touched by humans over the years. After seeing Q’oricancha in Cusco in the morning, which is a temple built on top of Inca foundations, we headed to the airport. There, we caught the 30 min flight to Puerto Maldonado in the morning. We arrived into the heat of the Amazon region (altitude of 200m) at about noon, and met up with Susana’s family there. We would be joining her 3 brothers and some of their children for the jungle trip. In total, there were 14 of us. Rainforest Expeditions picked us up at the airport and we were off! First stop was their office, where you could leave any luggage that you didn’t need.

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Posted in peru | travel Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2007-08-11 14:42

Cusco Part 1: Inca Ruins and More

Moray_1I have recently returned from a 10-day trip to Peru – to Cusco and to the Peruvian Jungle! I had an excellent time on our little adventure and am now back in La Paz. We left Fri July 28th and arrived back in La Paz on Mon Aug. 6th. I went with Susana and Mike (my boss and her husband, as well as being my housemates). I was invited to join them on the trip which had been organized around Susana’s family trip to the jungle.

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Posted in peru | travel Submitted by Meg on Fri, 2007-08-10 14:13

Hot Springs and Hiking

IMG_2532I spent the past weekend soaking in hot springs, hiking and relaxing in a place called Urmiri. I call it a place because there was no town, only the hotel built around the hot springs. Hotel Gloria has hotels in a few different places in Bolivia, including the one at Urmiri. Three of us from the office decided to take advantage of their shuttle from the hotel in La Paz to the hotel in Urmiri.

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Posted in bolivia | travel Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2007-07-23 21:51

A Quick Trip to Rio

Rio_views_1I have just returned from a brief trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! I spent about 3 and half days in la Cidade Maravillosa, arriving Friday night and returning to La Paz Tuesday night. My boss, Susana, invited me to come with her to Rio for the wedding of a girl we both know and to make an extra-long weekend of it as a thank you for the work I am doing for her (without pay). She had been invited to the wedding of Priscila, whom I also know. Priscila and I met in Cameroon while working on the same project. I arrived in Cameroon as she was leaving. She graciously extended the invitation to her wedding to include me, and so I was off to Rio! It was a good trip, and Rio is a very interesting city!

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Posted in travel Submitted by Meg on Fri, 2007-06-22 20:53

Photos from Peru

MachuPicchu_4I have posted the pictures from Dave's and my trip to Peru. There are a few from Bolivia as well. We went from La Paz to Cusco by land, flew to Lima then went to Ica and Nazca and back to Lima. All in all it was a great trip!

ParacasSunset_8 Unfortunately, that means Dave is now back in Canada and I have to go back to work on Monday. It was great to have him around, even if it was only for a few weeks! I will be home in October for two weeks, so that will be the next time we see each other. Until then, we will be relying on technology to speak to each other ... it would be a whole lot more difficult if it wasn't for the wonderful world of the internet!

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Posted in travel Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2007-05-13 21:11

Peruvian Adventures

Dave and I are in Cusco, about to embark upon the Inca Trail tomorrow!! For an update on our trip so far, check out his blog: Dave´s Blog.

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Posted in travel Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2007-04-28 16:55

Dave's in Town!

Dave arrived in La Paz yesterday morning, bright and early at 5:30am!! It has been great to have him around! We've had a busy few days so far and a little less than three weeks of vacation ahead of us. Yesterday we took a bus tour of La Paz, which was pretty interesting. Last night we went to a Pena, which is a traditional show involving music and dancing. The band we saw was from the Andes and they played traditional instruments and drums. It was great! Today we went to a square nearby where they sell paintings and bought a couple, then out to lunch at a friend's apartment, and then to a soccer game.

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Posted in bolivia | travel Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2007-04-22 18:46

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