La Paz, Bolivia
La Paz, Bolivia

The city sprawls below a plateau where the world's highest international airport is situated at an alititude of 13,325 feet above sea level

Painting of Bolivian scene
Painting of Bolivian scene
Death Road historic photo
Death Road historic photo

200-300 people died each year on the Old North Yungas Road. It was replaced with a new road in 2006

The Most Dangerous Road in the World
The Most Dangerous Road in the World

You are not between a rock and a hard place here - but between a mountain and a 1800 foot abyss.

Death Road Bike Ride
Death Road Bike Ride

Guides preparing our biking gear with bikes still stacked on the van roof.

Death Road
Death Road

Crosses are sober reminders of the dangers and deaths along The Most Dangerous Road in the World.

Death Road
Death Road

The first short part of the road was asphalt through the cloud forest which allowed us to get used to the bikes.

Death Road
Death Road
The Most Dangerous Road in the World
The Most Dangerous Road in the World

Biking through a waterfall (Internet photo)

Commemorative marker
Commemorative marker

In December 1999, 8 Israeli travelers were killed in a jeep accident on the Death Road

Death Road
Death Road

Our group photo on one of the curves

Death Road Bike Ride
Death Road Bike Ride
Death Road Bike Ride
Death Road Bike Ride

Chuck with his bike

Death Road Bike Ride
Death Road Bike Ride

We are the "Survivors"!!!

San Pedro Prison facade
San Pedro Prison facade

The building, right in the heart of La Paz, was originally a monastery

San Pedro Prison entrance
San Pedro Prison entrance

The guards are there only to prevent escapes; they do not venture inside the prison which is run by the prisoners.

San Pedro Prison entrance
San Pedro Prison entrance

This photo almost cost Linda her camera when the guards came after her and wanted to confiscate it.

San Pedro Prison
San Pedro Prison
San Pedro Prison
San Pedro Prison
San Pedro Prison Courtyard
San Pedro Prison Courtyard
San Pedro Prison
San Pedro Prison
San Pedro Prison
San Pedro Prison
Potosi - Cerro Rico
Potosi - Cerro Rico
Potosi
Potosi

Old engraving of the town showing Cerro Rico and its mining activities

Potosi silver mine
Potosi silver mine

An engraving by Granger from 1590 depicting the brutal mining conditions. Eight million indigenous and African slaves died in colonial times.

Silver Mine Entrance - Potosi
Silver Mine Entrance - Potosi

There are no rules - no engineers, no geologists, no structural or safety regulations. (Internet photo)

Potosi miner with Tio
Potosi miner with Tio

Miners believe each mine has a god or a spirit, called a Tío, that protects them. They give the Tío offerings of cigarettes, alcohol, and coca leaves. (Internet photo)

Tio in a Potosi Silver Mine
Tio in a Potosi Silver Mine

The miners give the protective spirit, Tío, usually represented in the mine by a clay figure in the shape of a man, offerings of cigarettes and alcohol, coca leaves and other items.

Miners in Potosi Silver Mine
Miners in Potosi Silver Mine

No protective gear other than helmets. The miners chew wads of coca leaves for energy at this altitude.

Mine Tunnel, Potosi
Mine Tunnel, Potosi

Cerro Rico has been so hollowed out by tunneling, like swiss cheese, that a group of American mining engineers has declared it overdue for a total collapse on itself.

Witches Market stall
Witches Market stall

A bizarre assortment of curiosities can be purchased to manipulate the indigenous Aymara world of spirits and beliefs.

Witches Market
Witches Market

Dried llama fetuses bring prosperity. We were told the fetuses are stillborn animals.

Witches Market
Witches Market

Llama fetuses

Witches Market
Witches Market

You’ll also find a host of talismans, amulets, potions, aphrodisiacs - even llama fetuses that are said to bring prosperity.

Witches Market stall
Witches Market stall
Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni

Hallucinogenic mirror-like reflections in the wet season (Internet photo)

Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni

"The savage beauty of this vast salt desert makes it one of South America's most awe-inspiring spectacles" (Lonely Planet)

Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni

Unending white hexagonal honeycombs in the dry season; the dramatic light and our shadows at sunrise on the salt flats.

Us on the Salt Flats
Us on the Salt Flats

The lack of perspective in the endless expanse provides a fun backdrop for manipulation of photo images

Gustu
Gustu

Linda ordered a 5 course tasting menu with a nonalcoholic drink pairing

Gustu
Gustu

Nicely presented dishes on rough-cut slate plates and in ceramic bowls

Gustu interior with Anneiles
Gustu interior with Anneiles
Gustu
Gustu

Glass enclosed kitchen on view from the restaurant seating area

Gustu
Gustu

Young Bolivian chef-in-training preparing a desert

Gustu kitchen tour
Gustu kitchen tour

Danish assistant head chef showing us, Kurt and Anneiles the “think tank” area where new dishes are concocted

Gustu - Danish chef
Gustu - Danish chef
Gustu "Think Tank"
Gustu "Think Tank"

Gastronomic creativity - new dishes sketched out on a white board

Gustu - Partial Menu
Gustu - Partial Menu
Gustu - Menu
Gustu - Menu
Gustu Dessert Menu
Gustu Dessert Menu