Category Archives: Bolivia

Bolivia: Driving the Western Lagunas Route

After our days spent out on the flats, we were a crusty, salty mess. Once back to Uyuni, showers were in order for both humans and truck. Thus cleansed, we stocked up on more groceries, drinking water and gasoline. We were headed for the Western Lagunas Route in far southern Bolivia: a land of desolate wilderness at sky-high altitudes with few amenities along its 450km route. At the end was our penultimate country of the road trip: Chile.  The first

Bolivia: The Western Lagunas Route from Above

South of the Salar de Uyuni is a vast, sparsely-populated region of the Andes Mountains. This is the land of the Altiplano (literally ‘high plain’) and the area is rife with active volcanoes. The climate is cold, arid, and the winds fierce. Vegetation is scant to non-existent. Elevations are monumentally high; we hit a pass that was 5033 meters above sea level (16,512 ft) during our drive south towards the Chilean border. One only has to look at the aerial

Thanksgiving in Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni

Hello Bolivia!! We had some long driving days in Bolivia. The roads were in fair condition and we made good time heading south to the famous salt flats. Herds of llama and vicuna kept the scenery interesting.  Is it just me or is the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen on a roll of paper towels?! (and in english no less).  Chris makes a new friend. This little guy’s mama was the owner of our campground. He wanted nothing to do

Bolivia: Let Us In! Please?

So, Americans trying to enter Bolivia can have a tough time. This is nothing new and not particularly surprising: The United States is not known to be exactly welcoming to other citizens crossing our borders so receiving reciprocal lousy treatment is almost expected. Bolivia charges every US citizen $160 USD to enter the country, precisely the same amount that the US charges Bolivian citizens for a visa (aka a reciprocity fee). Fair enough. What is surprising is that they want

How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia update

It seems like just yesterday I did out last budget post but alas, we’ve managed to make our way through another five countries over the past two months. We are still running well below our budget of $200/day. Over the past two months, we’ve had a few major expenses as well, shipping the truck from Panama to Colombia (required to get around the Darien Gap) and a trip into the Amazon jungle in Ecuador. From a fuel perspective, we saw