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Uyuni, Bolivia to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

September 4, 2012

As soon as we reached Uyuni after the Salar de Uyuni tour from Tupiza, I knew I didn’t want to stay even a day in Uyuni.

While the town was not as bad as I’ve heard, there’s just not much to do there. It was very small and most people really only stop there for the Salar. I asked Maria, our cook from the tour, before saying goodbye how I could get to San …

Salar de Uyuni in 4 Days (from Tupiza)

August 25, 2012

Salar de Uyuni, measuring at 10,582 sq. km. (4,086 sq. mi.), is the largest salt flat in the world. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bolivia.

There are different ways to visit Salar de Uyuni. The most popular is to start in the town of Uyuni and do a 3-day tour from there. You can also visit the salt flat on a day trip as it’s very close to the town. You …

Touring the Mines of Potosi, Bolivia

August 23, 2012

The city of Potosi was founded by the Spaniards in the 1500s and thousands of tons of silver was found here back in the days. They found so much silver in one mountain that it was referred to as “Cerro Rico,” or “rich hill.” In the late 1600s, Potosi became one of the largest and richest cities in the world.

However, after the 1800s, not much silver was found, but it’s still mined to this …

Living in Sucre, Bolivia

August 22, 2012

I spent 27 days in the beautiful city of Sucre. This is the longest I’ve ever stayed in the same city so far in in more than 7 months of traveling through Latin America. I started to develop a routine and felt like I was actually living there.

The temperate climate was one of the main reasons I liked this city so much. In my 27 days there, I think it only rained once or …

Obtaining a Bolivian Visa in Puno, Peru or at Copacabana, Bolivia Border (for Americans)

July 24, 2012

As far as I know, other than Brazil, Paraguay, and Suriname, Bolivia is the only other country in South America that requires a paid tourist visa for U.S. passport holders to enter the country (source). Apparently, from what I read, Bolivia made this requirement because the U.S. charges a fee for Bolivians to enter the U.S., which the U.S. pretty much does to most countries.

The visa costs a whopping $135! Very …