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Rocks, Sun and Dust

IMG_4548The Moon Valley is aptly named. There is no oxygen, its made of cheese and gravity is 0.16 of Earth’s gravity (thanks wikipedia). We took a local bus and got there after about 30 minutes from La Paz. There was nobody else there so we had the whole place to ourselves. It is a surreal place and it’s hard to do justice of the scale of the place with photographs. I wouldn’t really recommend it unlike us you were stuck in La Paz for a few days due to the many strikes Bolivia seems to experience. Which leads to roadblocks.IMG_4552






Day 3: Uyuni Adventures

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Critters and Creatures in the Bolivian Jungle

The jungle is filled with life. We aren’t really wildlife people but this was really fascinating. We didn’t get to see any large animals like a jaguar, since most large animals are nocturnal and we are very much dayturnal. But we did get to see a lot of bugs. So here we go:



This is a scorpion spider. We saw a whole bunch of crazy spiders and centipedes during a hike through a canyon. But this one was the coolest. The guide said this one is really dangerous and also preys on the other large spiders for food.


This was an awesome Capybara we saw from the boat with a bird on his back. A capybara is the world’s largest rodent (rat cousin).




There were so many different kinds of ants in the jungle. It was pretty crazy. The thing the guide told us to watch out the most for were fire-ants. He was more concerned about them than spiders. Interesting fact time : When combined, all ants in the world weigh about as much as all humans



Howler monkeys. Very loud and very wild. This was a close as we got.





Paw print of a jaguar in the mud. That’s as close as we got to a jaguar.



Find the grasshopper.


Tarantula we found in the jungle. It was pretty fast. I was taking a lot of pictures of it until our guide decided to put his toe beside it to show us the scale. I don’t know if that was the smartest move but at that moment a frog appears and the tarantula goes after the frog.


Another huge ant. Tasted a bit sour.

Wide Bolivia

Panorama’s I took in Bolivia. All taken in Salar de Uyuni and surrounding deserts except the one photo of La Paz taken from El Alto. Click for a larger version.



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Moving on through Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva: A Pictorial

El Peñol or El Peñón de Guatapé

I didn’t really know what to type about this attraction since I didn’t actually go all the way up this huge rock (Heejung did though). I consulted wikipedia seeing what I could copy and paste and discovered there seems to be a dispute about which town the rock belongs to and which name it has. I remember being in Guatape and asking about El Peñol ( which is how the guidebooks refer it as) but the locals in Guatape corrected us in saying it was “El Peñón de Guatapé“.

In the end, I don’t know what the correct name is, but it remains a massive piece of rock.

A view of Guatape’s church.

A well in the nearby town of Guatape.

Unfinished versus finished result of the famous decorations on the houses of Guatape.