The white city

As the constitutional capital of Bolivia and possibly its most beautiful city as well, Sucre is known as the “White City” because the color is on display nearly everywhere you go.  As the symbolic heart of the nation, independence was proclaimed here and the whitewashed buildings sheltering pretty patios make it pleasant to walk through. …

Potosí’s rich mountain

Sitting at an elevation of more than 13,300 feet, Potosí is one of the highest cities in the world and is known for supplying much of the Spanish empire’s wealth hundreds of years ago.  The Cerro Rico, or rich mountain, which overlooks the city was one of the richest in the world and continues to…

An unforgettable bus ride

We had plans to take a bus directly to the mining town of Potosí as soon as we got back from the salt flats but some local social strife caused a hiccup.  Because of a disagreement between the government and the population about the size and location of a new bus station, police checkpoints were…

Island of the Fish

Isla Inkawasi or “Inca house” is an isolated land mass in the middle of the Uyuni salt flat and a convenient place to stop while crossing the desolate landscape.  Nicknamed “Island of the Fish” by the locals, if you squint hard enough from afar you might make out what appears to be a tiny fish. …

The world’s largest salt flat

With an area that covers more than 2,500,000 acres, the salt flats in southwestern Bolivia are the largest in the world and present an extraordinary natural landscape.  The Salar de Uyuni was formed as a result of the transformation between several lakes and the minimal altitude variation across the horizon gives the impression of a…