Lagunas Route Bolivia

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The Lagunas route is a dirt route through the lake region of Southwestern Bolivia. It's 260 miles between Uyuni and San Pedro de Atacama Chile. My max gas capacity would get my about 215 miles at best, so I had to fill up empty 2 liter bottles. The good thing is there are empty water and soda bottles laying all over the roads so it was easy to find spare fuel bottles. Since it is such a remote region I wanted to ride with some other riders. It worked out that I caught up with Paul and Ian so … [Read more...]

Salar de Uyuni

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Years ago when I saw photos of the Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt flats) I dreamed of riding on the someday. It's really the main reason for me coming here. With so much rain in Bolivia lately I heard most of the Salar was flooded with 10 inches of water. So when I checked the weather and saw there was about 3-4 days of sunny skies forecasted I decided I would skip the other places in Bolivia as head straight there. From Potosi I rode with Ian and Paul to Uyuni. It's a 2 1/2 hour ride on the … [Read more...]

La Paz to Potosi Bolivia

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The road out of La Paz was hectic, rainy, muddy, polluted, and slow. I crept along behind the buses and vans spewing their black fumes, trying to pass every chance I got. The road is under construction to create a four lane highway to Oruro but it's not finished yet. It took me two hours to go 85 miles on a completely straight highway. I'll be honest I spent the beginning of the ride cursing Bolivia's polluted highway, buses, but mostly the rainy weather. To my left and right I saw sunny … [Read more...]

Boulders and Barricades in Bolivia

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Waking up to rain when I need to ride 3 hours is never a pleasant way to wake up. To make things worse the breakfast that I thought was I included at the hostal cost an extra 10 Bolivanos, then the breakfast was the smallest meal yet. I didn't want to hang around as I had to find new wheel bearings (again), so I put on my rain gear and got on my bike. I left Copacabana and rode through the mountains. Luckily it was only light rain. I had to take a short ferry across a portion of Lake Titicaca … [Read more...]

Into Bolivia

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Puno, Peru to Copacabana, Bolivia Less than 90 miles of riding today. The shortest ride yet. From Puno I rode along the shoreline of Lake Titicaca to the Bolivia border. This border was even less busy than when I entered Peru. Not a single car or person was there so I was through in just a few minutes. The thing that took the longest time on the Bolivian side was the border agent inspecting every dollar I paid him for my visa. US citizens need a visa to enter Bolivia and it's a … [Read more...]