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Bolivia (all)

This page lists all reports that for Bolivia including those that involve other countries too.
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All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours

Lima - Santiago through the Andes and along the Altiplano
by Johan Bollaert, tour started November 2017, submitted 12 January 2017
America: Peru, Bolivia, Chile

We are cycling from Lima to Santiago on a Surly troll and adapted mountainbike. The aim is to take as many back roads or hiking trails as possible, even if it gets hard during rainy season.

The route went from Lima to Huancayo,to San Fransisco, Quillabamba, Cusco, Puno, Visviri. Wet and rained upon we don't know yet how it will continue...

Salkantay pass
The Long Road
by Erik Nomden, tour started May 2011, submitted 29 January 2016
language: en, nl

My big trip through North, Central and South America

Part I: Cycling through South America. In eight months I cycle from Quito (Ecuador) to Tierra del Fuego (Chile), crossing numerous mountain chains, deserts, tropical rain forests and the windswept plains of Patagonia.

Part II: Cycling through Central and North America. In seven months I cycle from Quito (Ecuador) to The Canadian Rockies, crossing Colombia, the Caribbean, Mexico and the deserts, mountains and canyons of the United States of America.

See all 18 reports by Erik Nomden

On the Carretera Austral in Chilean Patagonia
Ande in bici
by Leonardo Corradini, tour started December 2015, submitted 29 January 2016
language: it

Un viaggio in bici sulle Ande, con passi oltre i 4900 m, strade isolate e remote tra deserti, vulcani fumanti, lagune salate e gaysers. 3200 km tra Nasca, in Perù e Salta, in Argentina, passando per Bolivia e Cile. Un viaggio nella natura e cultura di paesi e popoli dalle tradizioni millenarie.

Dalle aride lande di Nasca, nota per le strane forme preincaiche del suo deserto, siamo saliti fino a raggiungere Cusco, capitale e cuore pulsante dell'impero Inca. Il lago Titicaca ci ha condotto fino in Bolivia dove ci siamo addentrati per la pampa, dapprima ai piedi del vulcano Sajama che svetta oltre i 6500 m, poi giù fino ai salar di Coypasa e Uyuni per concludere lungo una pazzesca strada tra lagune e vulcani.

Il deserto di Atacama ci ha accolto in Cile mentre il passo Sico e la Quebrada del Toro sono state la nostra porta d'ingresso in Argentina, verso le basse quote di Salta La Linda.

Salar de Uyuni
Bolivia, con drone al seguito
by Sergio Borroni, tour started May 2014, submitted 16 June 2015
America: Bolivia
language: it

Sergio Borroni e Armando Lanaro si raccontano. Foto e video oltre ogni immaginazione. Il loro viaggio in Bolivia è corredato da fantastiche fotografie e un intenso video. Tutte le tappe e le mappe gps

From 0 up to 6.000m
by Travel Nerd, tour started October 2012, submitted 12 July 2014
America: Chile, Bolivia

See all 9 reports by Travel Nerd

From 0 up to 6.000m
Bicycle touring around Southamerica, from Colombia to Argentina
by Alberto and Lucy, tour started January 2014, submitted 16 April 2014

In January 2014 we started a dream of ours: bicycle tour around Southamerica, without a major route plan. Just ride South from Quito, via Colombia first. Why Southamerica? The landscapes, the people, the culture, the food, and most importantly, the language. Being fluent Spanish speakers allows a more intimate connection with the people and communities we will be cycling through.

At Málaga airport, in Colombia.
Von 0 auf 6.000m
by Travel Nerd, tour started October 2012, submitted 24 March 2014
America: Chile, Bolivia
language: de

Es sollte erst heiß (Atacama Wüste), dann kalt (Altiplano) werden. Und das wurde es dann auch...

See all 9 reports by Travel Nerd

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Cycling the Americas
by Sven Schirmer, tour started September 2011, submitted 28 September 2012

I heard lots about the West Coast from American travellers, recommending great national parks and the Route 101 that is sort of famous thing to do for cyclists. So I decided to postpone other planned advetures and flew to vancouver BC, equipped with my good old pushbike, my tent and a warm sleeping bag. After fantastic landscapes and forests down South to San Diego I teamed up with Kathrin, a great cycling mate. When we reached the Southern tip of Baja California, we decided to move on together, crossed Mexico into Guatemala and Belize. After living in a rented house on the Lake Atitlan we ventured out for snow capped mountains of South America, crossing the Andes from Santiago to Mendoza and moved up North again, to Machu Picchu.

See all 3 reports by Sven Schirmer

On top of the last pass of the Journey
Two oldies going on a long bicycle ride
by Lynne Roberts, tour started July 2008, submitted 21 October 2011
language: English

Twenty years ago we cycled half way round the world, so we thought we'd better have another go before we get too old to do ANYTHING, let alone cycle!

So after 4 months in Europe (the training ground) we hit South India, then a quick hop over the ocean to South East Asia. When we were Asia'd out we decided to go to South America, via the UK (planning is NOT our forte). From Venezuela we headed south to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia from which we headed back up to Central America (remember what I said about planning?) to meet up with friends and family. This took approx 2 wonderful years. I wonder where we'll go next time?

Sunset, La Cruz, Costa Rica
all over the Andes by bicycle...
by Mike Hayes, tour started January 2010, submitted 22 January 2011

a number of months spent cruising the Andes by bicycle from the far south to the far north via the road less travelled.

See all 3 reports by Mike Hayes

Cerro Fitzroy, Patagonia (Argentina)
Daves Travel Pages
by Dave, tour started 2010, submitted 17 April 2010

My name is Dave Briggs, and I am an Adventure Cyclist from England. My current cycling trip, is to cycle the Pan-American route from the very north of Alaska to the south of Argentina. I began my journey in July 2009, and am estimating that I will finish sometime in October 2010.

My route has taken me past sights of natural beauty, over rough tracks, near mayan ruins, and enabled me to meet hundreds of friendly people.

This is not my first trip, however. I have also cycled from England to South Africa, details of which are also at my site, which covers nearly 15 years of travel around the world.

Put the kettle on, make a nice cup of tea, sit down, and enjoy !!

Photo take at the Arctic Circle
Bike Tour Peru
tour started 2010, submitted 9 February 2010

3rd try is a charm. Strained Achilles, Broken arm, pause. Now we're in Argentina with next to no money, setting out into the unknown. El niño may have washed out the roads in Bolivia, Macchu Picchu is closed until April. With alternate itineraries at the ready, we think we'll make it.

Tour of Gondwana
by Michael Ayers, tour started May 2005, submitted 20 January 2010

My goal for this Tour was to visit all of the major inhabited parts of the former supercontinent of Gondwana. Today, those places are mostly located in the Southern Hemisphere. Another aspect of my plan was to avoid long airplane trips by crossing oceans on container ships. That part of my Tour frequently caused problems, but I did hold fast to that idea, more or less. I traveled alone during 40 months and covered a little over 86,000 km by bike in 44 countries. My primary interest was the simple joy of cycling in new places, but I also concentrated on Natural History, Flora and Fauna, Ancient Sites and Diverse Cultures. My site contains sections describing Tour preparations, detailed logs, photos, posts written during the Tour, and a collection of essays written once it was complete.

Gyatso-La, at 5,220 meters, the highest pass of the Tour, in Tibet
Pedaling South from Alaska to Argentina
by Lucie and Torrey, tour started September 2009, submitted 26 August 2009
language: en, fr

We're cycling 25 000 km across the Americas from Alaska to Argentina to raise funds for Cyclo Nord Sud, a non-profit that sends used bicycles to developing countries. As ambassadors for this organization, we will meet with Cyclo Nord Sud's Latin American partners and hopefully create contacts with new ones along the way.

We're a francophone/anglophone couple from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. We're each adding original content in our respective languages, so our blog is a 2 for 1. Enjoy!

Nous traversons les Amériques dans un voyage autonome de 25000km en vélo, de l'Alaska à l'Argentine afin de ramasser des fonds pour Cyclo Nord-Sud, une organisation à but non-lucrative qui envoie des vélos usagés dans les pays en voie de développement. En tant qu'ambassadeur, nous visiterons leurs partenaires en Amérique latine et créerons de nouveaux contacts.

My pedalled globe tour (part 1): Las Americas
by Christian Bomio, tour started May 2007, submitted 24 July 2009

In May 2007 I've started a round-the-world bicycle tour. This is the first part of this journey which began in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska going south through Canada, USA, Mexico and Central America. After one year my wheels were in Colombia to begin riding around South America (Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina) in order to reached Ushuaia at the end of the world in Tierra del Fuego by end of 2009.

In Bolivia following the railway line sometimes is better then the dirt roads.
A simple life on a beautiful world... and on a bicycle
by Hervé Neukomm, tour started September 2004, submitted 1 June 2009
language: en, fr, es, pt

I left home in September 2004. I was supposed to cycle to Tibet in 7-8 months. Until now, I never reached Tibet and I'm still on the road. A cold winter in Turkey make me change my itinery and then my travel's philosophy. I decided that the performance was not that important but the road itself brings me everything. In almost a total of 2 years where I worked as a safari tour guide in Namibia, I had enough money to continue and live the dream further and further. Soon, I will attempt to buy a boat in Amazonia and turn it into a bicyle-boat to cross the Amazonas on its bigest highways: the rivers! This tour is still in process and I will keep it updated on my website. nature, dirt roads, cultures and wildlife lover..

Around the salar of Coipaisan, in the Bolivian Altiplano
The blog of a journey through South America, beginning in the north of Colombia
by Osmosno, tour started January 2009, submitted 6 February 2009

Osmosno is David Walker and Sebastian Wevers. We have been living on the road for around ten years during which time we have covered 50,000KM by motorcycle and three times that by bicycle through the Middle East, Asia, and North and South America.

Our passion is Asia where we spend most of our time, especially China and the Himalayas, but now for the second time we are visiting South America.

Our journey begins in the north of Colombia and will continue south tracking the Andes until we stop. This blog will tell the story of our journey.

See all 2 reports by Osmosno

David and Sebastian just before Laguna Verde, Paso San Francisco, Chile.
Velotraum, Ruth's und Horst's Radabenteuer von Inuvik nach Ushuaia
by Ruth und Horst Hammerschmidt, tour started June 2005, submitted 22 January 2009
language: de

Ruth und ich (Horst) fuhren mit dem Fahrrad von Inuvik, nördlichster im Sommer anzufahrender Punkt in Nordwestkanada bis zum südlichsten anzufahrenden Punkt im argentinischen Feuerland, Ushuaia. Wir waren 22 Monate unterwegs, legten 29'100 Kilometer mit dem Rad zurück, fuhren 280'000 Meter in die Höhe, obwohl wir durchschnittlich genau nur jeden 2. Tag im Sattel sassen. Das nur für die Statistiker, Weiteres auf unserer Website.

Tip to Temple
by Thomas Schultz, Zach Hoybatubbi, tour started January 2009, submitted 2 January 2009

In January of 2009, two dudes will embark on a 4000-mile adventure through the country of Chile. Their Journey will start in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. As they push northward, they will encounter brutal winds, pounding rains and the driest of deserts. In the rainy South, glaciers will send shivers down their spines and remind them of the powers of nature. The dry North will bring scorching sun that will melt their minds and offer teachings of survival. They will end high in the Amazon where they will ride through the Andes, the second highest mountain range in the world. There they will visit the location where an ancient civilization once stood, and today only whispers of ghosts can be heard from the crumbling stones...

Tandeming 'round the world' 09
by Art & Judee Wickersham, tour started December 2008, submitted 29 December 2008

We are entering our fourth year on our tandem adventure 'round the world'. We have visited Mexico, Central & South America, New Zeland, Australia, South East Asia, China, and Europe. We are now wintering over on the Costa Del Sol, Spain. Off to Morocco in Feb. 09 then back into Europe for 09.

See all 2 reports by Art & Judee Wickersham

Bike touring in Asia, South America, Africa and the rest of the world eventually
by Tony Woo, submitted 5 October 2008

I began my first bike tour in Asia. A few years after I went to South America for another tour. My latest tour was a year through Africa. I am back in Canada to make enough money for another tour, hopefully this one will last at least 6 years or more. I will have 3000+ photos when I am finish with my Asia section.

Entrance from the main road to Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas.
Project VELAIA - A VELosophers epic journey around gAIA
by Daniel N. Lang, tour started 2007, submitted 6 September 2008
language: en, de

This is the website and travelogue of The Project VELAIA. 22 year old velosopher, environmentalist and often minimalistic outdoor adventurer Daniel N. Lang has decided to go around the world by recumbent and upright bicycle after finishing an epic journey of more than 17.000km from Paris to Beijing as a rider of the Beijing to Paris 2007 Carfree Rallye, following coastlines for hundreds of kilometers, crossing deserts during mid summer in the Middle East, Central Asia and China and climbing some of the highest passes of the world under extreme conditions in the starting Tibetan winter.

After Eurasia he cycled Australia, New Zealand and the United States and is now on a tour through the South American Andes, starting in Caracas, Venezuela and cycling his way down to Chile at the time of writing this (beginning of September 2008).

See all 2 reports by Daniel N. Lang

Cycling on a StreetMachine GT recumbent on 4500m in Tibet
First Irish circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle
by Fearghal & Simon, tour started October 2008, submitted 28 August 2008

This November, Simon Evans and Fearghal O'Nuallain will begin the first Irish circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle. Their unsupported expedition will cover over 30,000km, passing through 30 countries and some of the highest, lowest, driest, coldest, warmest and loneliest places on earth. In doing so, they will be promoting the positive contribution that cycling can make to mental health and the environment, raising 100,000 euro for Aware and highlighting climate change.

The continuous bicycle touring story since 2002 + no plans to stop
by Tim E Cindle Travis, tour started 2002, submitted 9 June 2008

We are Tim and Cindie Travis.

We left our Arizona, USA home back in March ( 2002), and have been traveling by bicycle throughout the world. We have peddled through Arizona, Mexico, Central and South America. Our future plans include Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, Russia, Canada, and the USA. Our plans will take us the next several years to complete.

Visit our popular web site that is updated frequently as we travel. You will enjoy thousands of pictures, our daily journal, and the online discussion.

Cycling from Argentina to Alaska
by Kelly and Dave, tour started November 2008, submitted 6 April 2008

Two Poole based intrepid travellers are setting off on a journey of a lifetime to raise funds for a local charity, Julia's House and the international charity, SOS Children's Villages.

Kelly and Dave will be starting in Ushuaia, at the Southern tip of Argentina in South America and will cycle to Alaska, the extreme northwest portion of the North American continent.

They anticipate that they will be on the road for up to 2 years, facing extreme weather conditions and the challenging terrain that the American continent has to offer. They plan to cycle the world's driest desert and the high altitude mountain regions of the Andes.

By doing the trip by bicycle they are hoping it will bring them closer to the environment and learn about the ever changing world that we live in and aim to leave minimal impact upon the environment.

Bicycle World Tour
by Eric Wehrheim, tour started June 2005, submitted 18 January 2008
language: en, de, sp, ko

This is our second big trip with bicycle. It just started 1998 from Germany over Africa up to Asia with the destination South Korea (2000). Now, again on the road, we are travelling by bicycle in South America. We are since 06/2005 again on the road.

Dies ist nun schon unsere zweite grosse Radtour. Es begann 1998 in Deutschland mit dem Weg nach Suedkorea und einem Abstecher in Afrika. Nun, seit 06/2005, sind wir mit unseren Raedern in Suedamerika unterwegs.

See all 2 reports by Eric Wehrheim

Mun Suk & Eric with her bicycles
Touring Bolivia and Argentina
by Manuel Terra, tour started August 2007, submitted 22 December 2007
America: Bolivia, Argentina
language: pt

Sajama - Salta 1350km. Agosto de 2007 (Andes2) touring bolivia cycling.

Após o primeiro contato com a cordilheira, em 2005 surgiu o projeto de percorrê-la de Norte a Sul. Decidi fazê-lo sozinho e o fato de não contar com um companheiro me fez redobrar a atenção nos detalhes para garantir o bom término da viagem. Foram 17 etapas onde encontrei frio, gelo, vento, cascalho e muita areia. No caminho parei para descansar em algumas cidades para recuperar forças e conseguir suprimentos.

Planète.d - 2 French, a tandem, and a camera around the world
by Delphine Million & Damien Artero, tour started April 2006, submitted 21 October 2007
language: en, es, de, fr

Planète D. is our volunteering and filming world tour on the tandem bike. It's that simple.

We cycle.
We film, edit and share videos.
We volunteer for NGOs.

D1 and D2 on Buzzz
Paul Carter's Cycling Adventures
by Paul Carter, submitted 12 July 2007

Just a simple compilation showing some photos of my solo, minimum preparation/planning, fast, travel light, using only my vacation allowance rides across the continents. First ride was with road bike, all other rides on Orange P7 rigid mountain-bike with semi-slick tyres.

First big ride 1993. New York to San Francisco via Grand Canyon and Death Valley. 6000km in 28 days
toPatagonia: a cycle ride from Mexico to the tip of South America
by Eleanor Wilson and Tom Lavender, tour started March 2006, submitted 24 January 2007

We are a couple from London who are taking a year out, from 1st March 2006 to complete our adventure of a lifetime. We plan to cycle from Cancun in Mexico through Central America, then from Equador to Patagonia at the tip of South America.

In doing this, we are hoping to raise money for our two favourite charities; Medecins Sans Frontieres is an humanitarian medical agency providing medical aid wherever needed. The Psychiatry Research Trust raises funds for research into mental illness and brain disease.

Cycling Through South America
by Nif Minnick, tour started 2006, submitted 25 October 2006

I am a 37 year old GIS professional who decided that it was time to leave the big city of New York for awhile and explore places and cultures unknown to me.

The website is mainly a blog about my travels (which I sometimes get behind in) and many photos, as well as pages showing basic maps, information about me and why I am doing the trip.

Like any website mine experiences periodic problems so if there are no new photos or postings - there is usually a problem that I am trying to desperately fix at an internet cafe somewhere on the South American continent.

The steed on the shores of Lake Titicaca
Round the World Tandem Tour
by Art & Judee Wickersham, tour started September 2005, submitted 25 October 2006
language: english

We are 60 somethings, retired but inspired to ride our tandem around the world over the next five years. We rode out of Los Angeles, California September 2005 and proceeded south into Baja California, over by ferry to mainland Mexico. We have woven our way back and forth across the various countries as we have proceeded south. We plan to fly to New Zealand and Australia December 2006 and then after several months of exploration, begin to ride north through Asia. Our web site is a regularly updated journal with pictures. Visit us!

See all 2 reports by Art & Judee Wickersham

Blue Skies and Dust Trails
by Erik Nomden, tour started August 2003, submitted 25 April 2006
America: Peru, Bolivia, Chile

Even in this remote western corner of Bolivia, I feel the impact of the political unrest. There is practically no traffic. In fact traffic is virtually impossible because around La Paz and the other big cities, people have thrown thousands of big stones on the road. I can easily circumvent the stones, cars and trucks cannot. The situation causes me problems as well. There is nearly no food available any more. There are only few villages and nowhere I can obtain anything substantial. I have to do with a few biscuits the whole day.

So far the trouble. Further, The Andes countries have the cyclist a lot to offer. High passes, deserts, rain forests. Add the colourful markets, nice villages and friendly people and you have the complete picture. Ehh.. nearly complete. The food in the poor villages on the Altiplano is occasionally substandard.

See all 18 reports by Erik Nomden

Church of Sajama. Bolivian Altiplano
Brink Expedition
by Kendon Glass, tour started October 2002, submitted 26 February 2006

The Route:

Americas: Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina
Atlantic Traverse: Azores Islands [Portugal]
Europe: Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey
The Middle East: Iran
Central Asia: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, India
South East Asia: Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia
Australasia: Australia

Welcome to the Brink Expedition!

Imagine attempting a global traverse that would take you 50,000 kilometres through some of the most difficult terrain and extreme weather on the planet, all the time attempting to use only human power and the natural elements.

Starting deep in the heart of Amazonian South America the Brink Expedition will encounter unforgiving Patagonian winds, snowed over Himalayan Mountain passes, monsoons on the sub-continent and the oppressive heat of Australia's Red Centre.

So while the clock ticks, the seasons will turn, making this a full-throttled Race Against the Elements!

Trails

The death road ride - Bolivien 2013
by Iris Mueck, tour started May 2012, submitted 26 May 2013
America: Bolivia

Many times I have checked at the Internet this ride... Now, dreams has come true... The Death Road, or as it is called 'the most dangerous road of the world" is the ultimate downhill ride. People from all over the world doing this, and try to get a kick.

I did it with the support of 'Gravity Biking'. A very reliable organization, which I really can recommend. They have experienced tour guides, who makes this ride easy and safe. Gravity Biking also provides the bike. We had blue sky weather, with some exceptions, e.g. when crossing a waterfall, or a misty jungle area. You should take into consideration, the start is elevated at a height of 4.700 meters, finally going down to 1.250 meters. Passing at least 3 climate zones. The road comprises a ride on paved road, round 13 kilometers and about 47 kilometers on dirt road. Hanging cliffs, makes the ride somehow scenic (...and dangerous).

Today, not so many bikers die per year.... The original name came by the fact, that, before the new paved road, this road has been the connecting road to go from La Paz to Santa Cruz. Today, as the new road is completed, the old road became a mountain bike Eldorado. The organized tour ends with a zip line event. We found a three rope zip line - the flying fox (check out at the Internet!)

Please note: when entering the lower part of the road, just before the paved roads ends, you are passing a local police check point. It may happen that even tourists are forced to undertake a drug test. Because this area is known as one of the Coca farming area. Coca leaves has two sides: one is the Coca leave tea, which is legal and a rather good medicine to overcome height sickness symptoms. The other side is the processing the Coca leaves in jungle laboratories and traffic the final product. They say, the "shining path" organization today comprises no more than 50 people which protect the Cocaine trafficking.

See all 103 reports by Iris Mueck

A rest at the death road

Cycling info pages

The Twizi hostel directory - the cheapest places to stay on the planet
by Patrick Sexton, , submitted 6 January 2007

[The author travels around the world and reviews hostels, and has built up a large hostel directory.]

What are hostels?

The quickest answer I can give to you is that hostels are budget accommodations where you share a room with other travelers. To be more specific though and to give you a better idea of what to expect I will say that a hostel room is like a hotel room but instead of being just one bed there are a couple (or a few) bunk beds. There are also (gasp!) other people. People you do not know! These other people are travelers who are most likely very much like you in the sense that they are exploring and traveling and doing it as absolutely cheaply as possible. Hostels have been around a long long time. There are over 20,000 of them around the world. Hostels are very much a part of the culture of Europe, and are starting to be known in the USA as well. Hostels are a cheaper way of staying in a city where you do not live.

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