The Bolivian National Reserve can be found in the southwestern corner of the country along the borders of Chile and Argentina. We signed up for a 4 day jeep tour of the Bolivian Highlands and Salt Flats. A jeep tour was a nice change from our constant hiking, we could finally sit back relax and watch the beautiful scenery.
After exploring the badlands of Bolivia for dinosaur footprints we headed to civilization in the beautiful city of Sucre, Bolivia. Sucre has been called the nicest city in Bolivia and after visiting we agree. Colonial buildings filled with fancy shops line streets dotted with beautiful green public parks. The poverty visible in much of the country is noticeably absent here.
After La Paz we jumped on an all night bus to Cochabamba and catching a colectivo to the tiny remote village of Toro Toro. This tiny town in the middle of the remote Bolivian badlands, is well known for dinosaur prints, fossils, caving and lots of hiking!
On our last day in La Paz we decided to visit the ruins of Tiwanaku. An ancient city just south of La Paz inhabited from 300 AD to 1000 AD and known for its elaborate precision stone work. We took a one hour bus ride and toured the ruins for a few hours before returning to La Paz.
Our next stop was La Paz, a city of massive markets, witchdoctors, superstitions, and buildings as far as the eye can see. It is also the administrative capital of Bolivia. At 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. Despite being so high it is still set deep in a valley with buildings growing and spreading up the sides and boiling over the top in all directions.
Our next destination would be the beach town of Copacabana along the Bolivian shores of Lake Titicaca, and Isla del Sol, (Island of the Sun). After a van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, Peru, an all night bus from Cusco, and yet another colectivo van ride, we found ourselves near the Bolivian border along the shores of Lake Titicaca. We hopped on a moto-taxi, a rickety underpowered three-wheeled covered motorcycle, for our ride to the border.