Bolivia Bound

In 18 days I will be headed to South America for the first time (I can cross off #5 of…

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The World’s Most Dangerous Road aka “Death Road”

The World's Most Dangerous Road

I am currently in a little rural town in Bolivia’s Yungas Valley called Coroico.  I have come here to nurse my aching bum, sore forearms and stiff fingers after yesterday’s incredibly jolting, albeit successful, descent down “The World’s Most Dangerous Road.” My chosen place to rehab is a bit outside of town, but I am finding the solitude, spectacular views of the Andes mountains and chorus of Amazonian birds completely therapeutic and delightful.  In fact, as I write I am being entertained by a myriad of dancing butterflies all around me. I am no longer in the arid high altitude plain of La Paz, but now a subtropical valley of the…

La Paz, Bolivia – Bizarre and Wonderful

Cholitas in La Paz

La Paz! I have been here now for a little over 24 hours, and I can’t help but be captured by how interesting, albeit a bit bizarre, this Bolivian capital is. On my flight out of Miami I worked myself into such a frenzy about altitude sickness, or “soroche” – I am over 12,000 feet in the air in this town! -, that I refused all the free wine on the flight! (Check my pulse, right?!) Possible symptoms of nausea, dizziness, severe headache and upset stomach that would lead to wasted time in a hotel bed kept me ordering club sodas so that I would be well hydrated once landing…

Bolivia Bound

Lake Titicaca Bolivia

In 18 days I will be headed to South America for the first time (I can cross off #5 of 7 continents after that, baby!).  *Cue Applause Track* The majority of my 3.5 week visit will be in Bolivia, but I also have a side trip planned to visit the fabled Machu Picchu in Peru. Those famous Inca ruins are on every “must experience” travel/bucket/life list that exists which seems like a strong enough endorsement for me to go out of my way for a few days :). While I am finding it hard to get responses from hotels to confirm my reservations (spotty internet connections in their off beaten location? something else?), I have…

My 5 Essential Travel Accessories

Jen in Butan

**Note: I originally wrote this blog for my eShop blog, www.JJCaprices.com and knew it would also be appreciated here! Bon lire.** Come August I will be South America bound – Bolivia specifically. I will also include a side trip to Peru to experience the fabled Machu Picchu. I haven’t started packing yet, but going to a country with such varying climates and altitudes (La Paz is consider the highest international capital city in the world at 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level) definitely has set the packing wheels in motion! Invariably, however, I will be packing these 5 travel accessories that I find to be essential for all my trips. 1) Travel Kit…

My 5 Favorite Travel Destinations…So Far

The Mud Mosque in Djenné, Mali

One of the most ubiquitous questions I get when people learn of my travel bug is, “So what has been your favorite place to visit?” Internally this questions usually makes me all queasy and stressed.  The thought, “How dare they ask me to name just one!” creeps into my mind and then I typically expel a deep breath and dauntedly respond with a weak smile, “Oh, that is a hard one!” However, today I have decided to take on this intimidating question and actually list my top 5 travel destinations to date!  I chose these five because the experience of my visit to each left such an impression that I dream of…