It’s been a while since our last RTW update about travelling through Peru so here is our post about what to do in Bolivia. The country blew us away with its diversity, amazing natural scenery, and super fun adventurous pursuits. We made friends with parrots and coatis at a wildlife sanctuary, hiked to our highest height yet, played with perspective on the world’s largest salt flats, and survived the famous death road among other exciting things. Bolivia is an incredible place to visit and somewhere we would love to explore again.
Bolivia’s Cordillera Real (or royal range) is an unrivalled destination for trekking in South America and exploring this mountain range is one of the best things to do in Bolivia. We hiked the Cordillera Real for 8 days, finishing by summiting Huayna Potosi
The 125km Andean mountain range rises to the southeast of Lake Titicaca and some of its glaciated peaks can be seen from Bolivia’s exciting capital La Paz. If you’re looking for some high altitude fun without the crowds seen in other parts of South America, the Cordillera Real are for you.
La Paz, Bolivia’s administrative capital is a fascinating place. Many people use it as the starting point for a trip to the world-reknowned Uyuni Salt Flats or a thrilling trip down the famous “death road”. The city has a way of doing everything it’s own way and with it’s own unique character. Whether watching the ladies at Cholita’s wrestling fly, getting a bird’s eye view of the city from its one of a kind network of cable cars that soar above, or losing yourself in Mercado Lanza’s winding halls, La Paz is a delight to discover. Read on for our recommendations on the best things to do in La Paz, Bolivia.
When travelling in Peru you will undoubtedly come across a Peru Hop bus. They are one of the biggest names in the tourist transportation game and one of the most popular ways for travellers to get around the country. Lesser known is Bolivia Hop which is operated by the same group and offers a link between Peru and Bolivia by providing transportation between Arequipa, Puno, Copacabana, and La Paz.
Many people blast past Arequipa while travelling from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and miss out on the White City’s immeasurable charms. Indeed there are lots of things to do in Arequipa as it is a place where old meets new, where classics are reinvented and traditions are upheld at the same time. It is as much a modern city as a walk back in time. It is as cosmopolitan as it remains steeped with tradition. Outdoor pursuits and urban adventures are equally possible. It short, it’s a city of exciting contradictions and should not be missed.
After an incredible 3.5 weeks in summer all the time Puerto Rico, and an awe-inspiring month in Ecuador that culminated with a blissful trip to the Galapagos Islands, it was time to move onto Peru. There we traded sandals and wetsuits for warm jackets and hiking boots. Indeed, we spent most of our time in Peru either hiking or recovering from hiking. We climbed to over 5100m in the wild and rugged Cordillera Blanca, moved through the ice-capped Salkantay Pass to reach the incomparable Machu Picchu, and walked down into one of the deepest canyons in the world. We also spent 2 weeks learning Spanish in the White City of Arequipa and sampled many delicious craft beers around the country.
In total, we spent almost 2 months in Peru and still are finding reasons to go back, despite spending half of our time there in less than perfect health…more on that later. But for now, Peru inspired us with its landscapes, delighted us with its tasty food and drink, and provided us with a glimpse into its rich history and culture.
In continuing with our Galapagos Island themed posts, we recently spent a glorious 2.5 weeks doing land-based travels in the Galapagos which has been one of the biggest highlights of our 14 month trip around the world so far. We’ve covered touring the “main island” of Santa Cruz, as well as the largest and most rugged of the inhabited islands, Isla Isabela, so now that leaves us with beautiful San Cristobal.
Puerto Bazquerizo Moreno is the town on San Cristobal island and has a population of about 6,600 people which makes it a nice mix between the city-like feel of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz, and the sleepy fishing village on Isabela. The island features a small airport, naval base, university, the Galapagos Interpretation Centre and a natural history museum. It is also sea lion central so you will have no shortage of opportunities to get up close and personal with these hilarious animals.