Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Choquequirao, Peru

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Choquequirao is an Inca city similar to Machu Picchu – the Incas preferred spectacular locations high up in the mountains to build their cities. The trek to Choquequirao is a good alternative to the overcrowded and expensive Inca Trail and I walked it together with three good friends, which I happened to meet again in Cusco. It took us three days to reach the site, and then we stayed there for two nights. We spent most of the last night up in the ruins, completely alone, except for a condor which came to visit us.

Cusco, City Photos

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Photos from the old city of Cusco, Peru – which was once the center of the Inca world.

Camping in Samaipata, Bolivia

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

In the little village of Samaipata, near Santa Cruz in Bolivia I was camping with some friends. Here are some impressions of the idyll.

More from La Paz

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Two more photos from La Paz. The people in La Paz really don’t like it if you take pictures of them – the snapshot of the woman is about one second before she threw an orange at me… :(

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La Paz Sunrise

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Sunrise after a night in La Paz:

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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

I was lucky to arrive in Bolivia one week before there was a Psytrance Party in Uyuni, right on the border of the salt-flats. I have actually thought about what a great place this would be for a party before, so I was very happy to be right in time! It was a great party, maybe 100 people, the most amazing landscape – very abstract, and crystal clear – and I have never been so cold while actually enjoying myself. I didn’t bring my camera there, but my friend “Amwo” has some pictures in his blog.

The “Salar de Uyuni” is the worlds largest salt-flat with 12.000 square kilometers at an altitude of 3800m. In the dry season it is a completely flat expanse of dry salt, but in the wet season it is covered 1cm to 1m deep with water. At this time of year it is usually already dry, but there was still a lot of water. So the reflections in the pictures are reflections in the water. Most the white is salt, not snow – but it is also very cold because of the altitude – so you can have mixtures of ice, snow, salt and other minerals. I took a 3-day jeep tour thru the Salar and some other sights further south: high-altitude deserts and lakes, volcanos, the red Laguna Colorada, geysiers, hot-springs and -again- flamingos who live in these freezing temperatures. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I do…