Bolivia

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I didn’t expect a whole lot out of Bolivia before going there. I knew almost nothing about it and only went because it borders Peru. I even had to pay $135 to enter the country as a visa reciprocity. I couldn’t be happier that I made the decision to visit the country. I ended up spending about five weeks exploring the Amazon jungle, the capital of La Paz, cycling the most dangerous road in the world, visiting mines, taking Spanish lessons in colonial Sucre, and visiting the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni. The country offers so much for anyone looking for an adventure.

I started off in La Paz, the capital city sitting at about 12,000 feet above sea level. The city sits in a bowl with the highest area above the bowl is called El Alto, and the city center sitting down at the bottom .As the elevation drops, the temperature gets warmer and the communities are generally wealthier. The city has a metro population of over two million people. I personally enjoyed the city and its various barrios, seeing a mix of urban life and Andean culture.

From La Paz, i decided to take the bicycle tour of El Camino del Muerto, or Death Road. Known as one of the most dangerous roads in the world, it’s narrow, rocky road wraps around mountains with huge dropoffs on the outside. And of course with no railings to stop anything from plunging off. The tour started in La Cumbre at about 15,000 feet elevation and ended in Coroico at about 4,000 feet. I started with a coat, a stocking hat, and gloves and ended in shorts and a t-shirt as we arrived in the jungle town.

Coroico is a nice town in the jungle with nice hiking in the area including walking nearby coca plantations, a key ingredient in cocaine but also a medicinal leaf chewed widely in Bolivia. From Coroico, I took a terrifying 24 hour bus ride deep into the Amazon rain forest to a city called Rurrenabaque.

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I started Frugal Purpose to share my love of personal finance to assist your pursuit of a more fulfilling life. I am a financial analyst by trade, traveler at heart, and want to share with you the beauty of this world.

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