The backdoor to La Paz: From Lago Titicaca to La Paz via Condoriri basecamp

We’ve ridden into La Paz from the north twice now, and this last run couldn't have been a starker contrast to the first, as illustrated in the following figures. Figure 1. September 2016. Main road + vicious Giardia + lying on the ground for 5 minutes out of every 15. Figure 2. September 2017. The …

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Cycling the Lagunas in South-West Bolivia: Practical notes for cyclists

This is a day by day description of the exceptionally beautiful Lagunas route from San Juan in Bolivia to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. View the route on Google Maps Download complete GPX file from San Juan to San Pedro de Atacama The route from San Juan to San Pedro de Atacama We rode this …

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The Bolivian Altiplano: Back in our high, dry, happy place

We try to use our brief time in the relative metropolis of Oruro to download podcasts and kindle books. Digital entertainment is running dangerously low but the wifi is predictably shit. But happily we stumble upon a health food store near the main plaza and it’s like finding Willy Wonka’s golden ticket, only instead of …

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La Paz to Konani: Dust and sweat in the Yungas (and yes, we rode the Death Road)

La Paz is a hard place to leave, but vaguely southward progress was calling – to the barren but beautiful Altiplano (volcanoes and llamas, two of my favourite things) or to descend into the lushness of the Yungas (coca plantations, villages, warmth), that was the question. We had our sights firmly on the famous, and …

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