A tale of three cities in the Bolivian southwest
Bolivia / In transit

A tale of three cities in the Bolivian southwest

Bolivia is different. The ubiquitous rural settlements are more common than cities and remind me of rural Africa, minus the violent crime and paranoia. The Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Burger Kings and giant supermarkets of Chile are conspicuously absent, at least in the places I’ve visited so far. Everything is dirt cheap. Evo hasn’t been successful … Continue reading

Salar de Uyuni
Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni

Hopped in a 4X4 from Uyuni with six others for a day tour of Salar de Uyuni (bucket-list item, check), the largest slat flat in the world. There is little that can be said about Salar de Uyuni that isn’t better shown through photographs, so I’ve taken the liberty of listing some facts shamelessly lifted … Continue reading

San Pedro de Atacama
Chile

San Pedro de Atacama

Forgive me for glossing over San Pedro de Atacama. It’s not for lack of material, but rather because Bolivia is infinitely more interesting and wildly different, and the country has captured my imagination to such an extent that I am too tempted to compare it to Chile, which would be putting the cart before the … Continue reading