We loved ~ The wonderful colourful traditional clothes and markets, the colourful fabrics. The Salt Flat trip, soup
We didn’t like ~ More people smoke here and inside restaurants too, the biting cold, rude people, lack of willingness to help people in the north, expensive markets,
The people ~ Bolivian people were hard work, especially having just come from Peru. They are definitely quieter and some had an attitude towards foreigners (not everybody) and No! we are not here just for you to rip us off! We know it isn’t everybody as we did find some lovely people too, but we had enough bad experiences to put us off on the whole.
The Food ~ Food has been ok. Mainly down to ex-pats who have opened restaurants here though – just remembering the Indian restaurant in La Paz, The English pub in Sucre and the New York Bolivian in Copacabana. The food was definitely better in these places. The local food is all very meat based but it is possible to get vegetarian food here too. Had lovely peanut soup in Cochabamba and in Tarabuco.
The Transport ~ planes and buses again. We took one flight as we really didn’t want to drive over unpaved roads, across the Andes, on a night bus for 12 hours! A 25 minute flight for £24 each was the perfect solution for this one. The rest of the time we took buses which were ok really. Just the roads that are wiggly and not well maintained. You don’t seem to mind it so much in daylight though.
The Weather ~ most days were extremely sunny with blue skies. We had occasional rain in La Paz and hail storms in Copacabana. But without exception, everywhere was freezing at night time.
Miles travelled ~ we have travelled down the left hand side of the country ~ total 1,412 miles
Capital ~ Sucre (not La Paz!)
Population ~ 10.67 million. Sucre has less than 200,000 yet La Paz has 2.5 million
They drive on ~ the right
Currency ~ B$
£1 = 10 Bolivianos
Language ~ Spanish & 35 indigenous languages!
Did we feel safe? ~ Yes even in La Paz
Things which will remind us of Bolivia ~ peanut soup, dinosaurs, salt and padded toilet seats
Would we recommend it? yes it is definitely worth visiting but bring warm clothes
Places we stayed, cost per night and our Star Rating
Total number of different beds slept in ~ 9
Copacabana ~ Mirador Hotel ~ £12 /n ~ 2*
Copacabana ~ Hobbit Hostel ~ £18/n ~ 4*
La Paz ~ York B&B ~ £1??? /n ~ 2* – shared bathroom
Cochabamba ~ Dena & Judah’s House ~ 5*
Sucre ~ Solareiga Hostel ~ £20/n ~ 4* but very cold
Potasi ~ Casa Blanca Hostel ~ £16/n ~ 3*
Uyuni ~ Hostal Dailson ~ £25/n ~ 3*
Uyuni ~ Salt Hotel ~ £75/n ~5* but no wifi!
Uyuni ~ trip night 1 ~ the middle of blinking nowhere 1* but cosy
Uyuni ~ trip night 2 ~ ~ the middle of blinking nowhere part 2 1* no running water but a hot water spring made up for it