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

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Painting of Bolivian scene
Painting of Bolivian scene
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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

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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.

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Death Road Bike Ride
Death Road Bike Ride

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

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Death Road
Death Road

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

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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.

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

Biking through a waterfall (Internet photo)

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Commemorative marker
Commemorative marker

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

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Death Road
Death Road

Our group photo on one of the curves

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

Chuck with his bike

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Death Road Bike Ride
Death Road Bike Ride

We are the "Survivors"!!!

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San Pedro Prison facade
San Pedro Prison facade

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Silver Mine Entrance - Potosi
Silver Mine Entrance - Potosi

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

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Witches Market stall
Witches Market stall

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

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Witches Market
Witches Market

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

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Witches Market
Witches Market

Llama fetuses

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Witches Market
Witches Market

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

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

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

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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)

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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.

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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

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Gustu
Gustu

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

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Gustu
Gustu

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

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Gustu interior with Anneiles
Gustu interior with Anneiles
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Gustu
Gustu

Glass enclosed kitchen on view from the restaurant seating area

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Gustu
Gustu

Young Bolivian chef-in-training preparing a desert

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Gustu kitchen tour
Gustu kitchen tour

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

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

Gastronomic creativity - new dishes sketched out on a white board

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