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Before to visit Bolivia you should know certain things

Posted on March 12, 2015

Due to its variety of altitudes and proximity to the equator, Bolivia has every climate and terrain imaginable. Temperature is largely determined by altitude; cities at lower altitudes are warm and tropical, cities at higher altitudes much cooler.

There is a rainy season that runs from October to March, with the dry season being from April to September. Raind can be heavy in the rainy season (which is actually summer), but generally last only an hour or two.

During the rainy season, it is not advisable to travel by land to remote areas do to deteriorated road conditions. In the dry winter season, the skies over most of Bolivia are a pure, dark blue and sunny. Carnaval take place in either February or March, when the heavy rains are nearly over.

In the mountainous regions of the country (particularly the La Paz, Potosí and Oruro departments), temperatures reach 50 to 70°F (10°C to 20°C) in the sun but drop the freezing at night, and are also much cooler, even on sunny days, if you step into the shade.

The tropical Beni, Pando and Santa Cruz departments are hot, often swelteringly so, year-round. Respite is offered, however, in the winter season when temperatures cool down a bit and with the arrival of the surazos, strong wind and rains coming in from other regions.

The most moderate, comfortable climates are found in the Sucre, Cochabamba and Traija departments, which have more sunny, warm days than anything else. Here it rains during the rainy season, and gets cool during winter, but you will never be truly cold, or unbearably hot, in these places.

WHAT TO TAKE

For the highland regions (called the Altiplano), wool sweaters and a windbreaker are recommended. The sun in the Andes is very strong, so be sure to bring a good sunscreen and wear a hat. During the rainy season, an umbrella or raincoat is necesary. In the tropical regions, light clothing is worn year-round except during surazo fronts (these can last up to three days and occur mainly in the winter). A good bug repellent is also recommended.

Jackets are expected at fancy restaurants, but informal clothing should do for most places. A good pair of hiking boots is a must, as well as sandals if headed for the tropical regions.

The bigger cities offer Western-style supermarkets with just about everything you can imagine from home. However, certain toiletry items, such as shampoos, contact lens' solution and sunscreen, are more expensive in Bolivia, and may be worth packing away before you board the plane.

HIGH ALTITUDE HEALTH ADVICE

The sensations that you experience on arrival to the Altiplano, such as increased respiration, fast and pouding heart action, and some tiredness and lightheadness, are all mormal adaptive processes. Don't worry about them; the body will adjust. Apprehension, on the other hand, can increase the symptoms.

Much of what one feels the first days at altitude is an effect of dehydration. You need considerably more fluids (in the form of water, juices, broths and Gatorade-like drinks). Non chocolate candies taken frequently on arrival to high-altitude places can prevent, or at least diminish, symptoms such as headaches if they develop. Also you need more carbohydrates; starches (pasta, potatos, etc). Should make up a large part of your diet. Frequent, small, light meals are best. Mate de coca (tea obtainable just about anywhere) is of benefit, especially with sugar added. Avoid alcohol and limit carbonated drinks or let them get a little flat.

Try to limit activity your first few days. You should avoid over-exertion, but the frequently given advice to lie down during the initial hours in high altitudes can actually increase your headache if overdone. Children and young, athletic adults are more likely to develop serious complications, so guard them against overactivity until well-adapted.

Aspirin- two tablets every four hours, with a full glass of water- is the best medicine for a headache. Two tablets, taken preventatively on arrival, might bebeneficial.

It is very unlikely that you will need oxygen. It can even delay tha adaptive processes, and using it in the towns you'll be visiting is about as logical as using it while jogging.

Relax and enjoy the Andes. Extremelyfew major complications occur in halthy peopleat 12,000 feet.

By: Peter McFarren

When is it appropriate to travel to Uyuni Salt Flats?

Posted on March 12, 2015

The impressive geographic diversity offered by the Uyuni Salt Flats and the national reserve Eduardo Abaroa allow tourists to visit at any time of year, however it is advisable to take into account the different seasons of the year.

The best time is between the months of May to November, depending on the rains, may also be until December. In the rainy season, the flat surface of the salt accumulates water coming, sometimes up to 20 cm. high.

The effect is generated on site is a mirror of the sky, resulting in contrasts and breathtaking illusions blue sky.

At this time the flat surface of the salt accumulates lots of water, so it is not advisable to reach the Fish Island for security reasons.

In rainy season, the Laguna Colorada becomes the most important meeting center where flamingos can be seen up to 25,000 specimens.

The months of June to September (winter) are the lowest temperatures and find the clear and bright skies ideal for excellent photographic and video footage.

One advantage of visiting the salar in this season, is that you can observe the octagonal gestorias formed in place, while appreciating the curvature of the earth accurately.

The most convenient hours to appreciate the red color of the Laguna Colorada are from 11:00 to 14:00 when temperatures and solar radiation are more intense.



At year's end temperatures rise and may the heavens are not so clear

Certainly in winter are the lowest temperatures. The region is usually cold, dry and windy, can easily reach -15 ° C. or more nights at day temperatures can reach 5 ° and 10 ° C. and even increase a little more when the sun is at the zenith.

In this way, and with the information provided, you can evaluate and choose when it wishes to visit this wonderful place.

"The Death Road" an exciting experience

Posted on March 12, 2015

It is a journey of about 80 km. Long that connects the city of La Paz and Yungas region, northeast.

Why it is considered the most dangerous road in the world?

Because a portion of this road was built by Paraguayan prisoners, during the Chaco War in the 1930s.

Furthermore, it is for its steep slopes and lack of guardrails is that this path becomes extremely dangerous. The road from La Paz, at 3,600 meters above sea level and rises to "La Cumbre" at 4.650 meters above the sea. After the descent of 3.600 meters of altitude begins at 64 Km. of travel.

This road is carved on rock, is narrow and winding. In some sectors, its width is only 3 meters and sometimes vehicles must climb down until you find the sufficient size to allow passage next to the contrary, all with the precipice inches away from the left.

While advancing cautiously, who along this road transit must also contend with hundreds of closed curves and stones falling down the slope. But the challenge does not end there. Are usual rainfall, so that the floor is easily smearing, forcing driving on a slick mud.

The peak voltage is at altitude, where it dominates a fog that at times obscures clearly beyond one meter. The danger of this route made it a popular tourist destination since the 1990s in particular enthusiasts mountain bike use it for its steep descents and exquisite landscapes.

The fact that no risk is that incites much foreigners to do Tourism of Adventure, because of the adrenaline there for being in a not very safe place. They believe that feeling as a form of addiction.

Among the participants considered that the risk involved driving through a road flanked by deep gorges is compensated by the spectacular views from the path on these trips.

The itineraries, half mountainous and tropical, with significant slopes and lush vegetation dominated kingdom, attract lovers of mountain biking adventure.

"The Death Road", whose cliffs do not support driving errors, offers impressions for life.

Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku photo
We’ll pick you up from your hostel and depart to Tiwanaku, located at 72 Km of the city of La Paz.
When we get there we’ll make the visits to the “Lithic and ceramic” museums and later we’ll visit the archeological place of Tiwanaku and its main ceremonial centers such as: The Pyramid of Akapana, Semi-under Ground Temple; Kalasasaya Temple, and the Gate of the Sun, etc.
INCLUDED:
  • Private Transport round trip
  • Bilingual tourist guide
  • Entrance to Tiwanaku
  • Lunch
GROUP SIZE:
Our departures are everyday and we need don’t need a minimum.
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