The Hidden Llama Valley

Along the way towards Villamar Mallcu from Villa Alota, our guide and driver took us up this unknown dirt road that dead ended into a valley surrounded by rocks and with a verdant landscape. It was unusual as most of the terrain we saw along the way was dry and arid, brown and desert like.…

Villamar Mallcu

So here I am, in a random small village in the remote area of Southwestern Bolivia gasping for air in the near 13,000 feet of altitude. Our small hostal accommodations was full for the night as there are no nearby towns that offer places to stay. It was to be just a place to rest…

Into Remote Bolivia Part 1

It was time for us to leave the expansive Salar de Uyuni and begin our journey to the furthest reaches of the southwestern portion of Bolivia. A dirt road lead us away from the bustling town of Uyuni, and the landscape quickly gave way to expansive Quinoa fields, and Llamas roaming freely. Our drive was…

The Quinoa Fields of Bolivia

Quinoa – a super food from the Andes mountains that is a magical grain and now a hot food product on the international market. This super food is gluten free, low carbohydrate compared to rice and offers 4% protein. How I love Quinoa and what it offers for a healthy lifestyle. Originating from the altiplano…

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni, or the world’s largest salt flats is high in the Altiplano region of Bolivia. Now a popular place to visit for international visitors, it’s becoming better known in recent years. It’s a unique place that offers different perspectives from the rainy season in the earlier and warmer months of the year to…

Suriqui Island

Suriqui Island is a small island in Lake Titicaca on the Bolivian side near Huatajata. A small village that is home to under 1,600 residents is known for the Reed styled boat makers that use Totora reeds growing on the lake which can date back to pre-Colombian times. One of the descendants of these boatmakers…

En La Copa – Copacabana Bolivia

Copacabana, Bolivia is a popular stopping point between Puno, Peru and La Paz, Bolivia. Close to the historical “Isla del Sol” and Isla de la Luna” Copacabana has certainly grown up since I was last there 30 years ago. I remember driving there with my friend in a rented jeep and the road was unpaved…

Aymaras of Bolivia

One cannot visit Bolivia without being immediately impressed upon the large Indigenous population that makes the country thrive. In fact, over 62% of Bolivia’s people are of Indigenous ancestry and of 36 ethnic groups, the majority of them are Aymara or Quechua. My father dedicated a good portion of his Anthropology career in studying the…

The Ancient Village of Tiwanaku

High in the Altiplano region of Bolivia on the southwest edge of Lake Titicaca lies the Unesco World Heritage site of Tiwanaku. The historical ruins of the Spiritual and Political center of Tiwanaku can date its roots from as far back as 300 C.E. Even earlier traces of civilization have been found in the area…

Lake Titicaca

After our two night stay in La Paz, Bolivia it was time for us to increase elevation and visit the beautiful Lake Titicaca. With the snow-topped glacier mountains of the Cordillera Real in the backdrop, we began our long drive towards Copacabana around the eastern edge of the lake. It took a long time for…