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Motorcycle Trip Through Bolivia

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To learn more about our work in South America visit http://aguayaku.org ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Five friends and I took a two week motorcycle trip through Bolivia in November 2008. We had three Kawasaki KLR 650's and a Toyota Land Cruiser as a follow vehicle to carry tools and camping gear. Everyone took turns on the motorcycles. Even though I was designated official photographer on the trip, I actually spent so much time on a motorcycle that I didn't focus too much on photography. I found the best photographic moments while we are camping on the altiplano. The sky began to lighten at 4:30am, so I had to get up in the wee hours of the cold mornings to get a number of these pictures. It was well below freezing in the morning hours. We even rode the motorcycles to 17,500 ft on the Ollague volcano. The basic route we took was Santa Cruz-Samaipata-Postrevalle-Valle Grande-Tarabuco-Sucre-Potosi-Uyuni-Parque Alvaro Eduardo-Uyuni-Oruro-La Paz-Copacabana-Achacachi-Sorata-Tacacoma-Quillabaya-Consata-Mapiri-Guanay-Caranavi-Coroico-La Paz. We intended to go back to Santa Cruz via Cochabamba, but we burned up the motors on all three motorcycles. We ended up sending them back to Santa Cruz in a truck (thus the last picture). Apparently, dust got into the motors through the air filters and ruined the pistons and rings. I ended up taking over 1200 images on the trip. This gallery presents the best of them in chronological order. I will try to add comments about where each one was taken. In the interest of full disclosure, I have added in a few pictures from previous trips to these areas earlier in the year. Bolivia and its people are so beautiful, it seems that matter how much time I dedicate to photography, I regret not stopping for more images along the way. Whenever I am back home editing pictures, all I can think about is getting back out on the road and doing it better the next time. Let me know if you enjoy the images. Danny
Leaving Santa Cruz Stopping at the police check in Angostura Sandstone arch near Bermejo, between Santa Cruz and Samaipata
Mountain vista near Las Cuevas, between Santa Cruz and Samaipata Mountain Ridge near Las Cuevas, between Santa Cruz and Samaipata Supper at Cafe Latina in Samaipata
Samaipata Valley Samaipata Valley La Pajcha stream.  Morning after our first night of camping.
Camping below La Pajcha water fall, between Samaipata and Postrervalle Warren's morning wake up bath Repacking for day two on the bikes
La Pajcha Falls Postrervalle Evening Free Wheeling
Looking for Gasoline in Postrevalle Street scene in Postrervalle
Before She can Cook Farmer with oxen and hand plow
Danny on the leg between Postrervalle and Valle Grande On the road to Valle Grande Between Valle Grande and Tarabuco
A Bit Lost River Valley between Valle Grande and Sucre Watching Sheep
On the Road to Tarabuco Shy Shepherdess in Tarabuco Sucre from La Recoleta
Iglesia San Francisco in Sucre Market Seller in Sucre Market Flower Seller in Sucre Market
Sucre Market Sucre Child Sucre Candy Seller
Sucre Church Sucre Steets Sucre Morning
Sucre Plaza Sucre Resident Sucre Vista
Sucre Vista Sucre Hacienda - On the road between Sucre and Potosi Old bridge between Chuquisaca and Potosi departments
No Officer, Yes Officer, Okay Officer, Thank You for the Ticket! Gassing up on highway to Potosi On the highway between Sucre and Potosi
Cerro Rico in Potosi Riding through the streets of Potosi Street scene in Potosi
Cruising through the gates of Potosi Marching band on the streets of Potosi Potosi courtyard
Cafe where we had lunch on the plaza in Potosi Old couple enjoying ice cream on the streets of Potosi On the streets of Potosi
School girls on the streets of Potosi Old plaza in Potosi Potosi Street
Casa Nacional de Moneda Brisk Walk Waiting in the Cold
Too Cold to Move Potosi Passages Warming Sun
Potosi Streets Four Locks Potosi church
Potosi street Hotel interior 111908 00152.jpg
Tour guide explaining to us how miners buy dynamite, coca leaves, and alcohol in the miner's market in Potosi Preparing to enter Cerro Rico for a guided tour Industrial mining equipment on Cerro Rico
Tour guide explaining how the miners make offerings of coca leaves and alcohol to El Tio. Crawling through some of the mines passage ways. The sharp rocks are hard on the knees. A drunk miner dragging his air hammer out of the mine after a long day's work.
Inside Cerro Rico Inside Cerro Rico Inside Cerro Rico
Looking out at Potosi from Cerro Rico Potosi city view from Cerro Rico Tiendas outside the mines on Cerro Rico
Restaurant outside of mines on Cerro Rico Laundry day Market stall in Miner's Market
Riding through the streets of Potosi A tienda on the plaza of a small village between Potosi and Uyuni.
Altiplano Sky Sheep of Potosi Desert Bushes in Potosi
Riding Support
On the road between Potosi and Uyuni Llamas milling around our camp in the morning
Camping on the highway. On the road between Potosi and Uyuni 111908 0244.jpg
111908 0259.jpg Small farm on highway between Potosi and Uyuni First view of Salar de Uyuni as we descended from Potosi highway.
Descending down into Uyuni Uyuni Street Inside a car wash/lub shop in Uyuni.
Uyuni street Uyuni Street Afternoon Sun in Uyuni
Morning Sun in Uyuni Lunch at the Extreme Fun Pub in Uyuni Getting our gear ready for the trip across the Salar de Uyuni
Train Cemetery in Uyuni Train Cemetery in Uyuni Drying Salt on the Salar de Uyuni
Pure salt Processing salt on the salar Processing salt on the salar
Steve speeding across the salar Flags at a salt hotel on the Salar de Uyuni Warren riding on the salar
Riding on the Salar de Uyuni Salar de Uyuni Riding towards Volcan Tunupa on the Salar de Uyuni
Looking down on the Salar de Uyuni from Volcan Tunupa Mummies in a cave on the side of Volcan Tunupa Hanging out in the mummy cave on Volcan Tunupa
Sunset over the Salar de Uyuni from the base of Volcan Tunupa Sunset on the Salar de Uyuni Sunset on the Salar de Uyuni
Sunset on the Salar de Uyuni Sunset on the Salar de Uyuni Flamingos in flight over the Salar de Uyuni
Sunset over the Salar de Uyuni Supper on the Salar de Uyuni Salar de Uyuni at night
Setting up camp on the Salar de Uyuni Camping on the Salar de Uyuni Danny on the Salar de Uyuni
Sunrise on the Salar de Uyuni.  I got up at 4:30a to catch the first glimpse of light on the horizon. Sunrise on the Salar de Uyuni Sunrise on the Salar de Uyuni
Breaking dawn on the Salar de Uyuni. Ojo de sal (or salt eye in English) on the Salar de Uyuni. Salar de Uyuni shoreline
Alpacas heading to pasture in the morning near the community of Tahua on the northern shore of the Salar de Uyuni. Shepherdess tending alpacas on the shore of the Salar de Uyuni near the community of Tahua. Wire fence marked with plastic flags on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, near the community of Tahua.
Iglesia San Juan Bautista in Tahua on the northern shore of the Salar de Uyuni. Iglesia San Juan Bautista in Tahua on the northern shore of the Salar de Uyuni. Iglesia San Juan Bautista in Tahua on the northern shore of the Salar de Uyuni.
Deconstruction in Tahua Waiting on for a ride out of Tahua Alcaldia Municipal in Tahua
Soaking in some morning sun in Tahua Steve reading in wide open spaces Flamingos on the Salar de Uyuni
Farm in Tahua on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni. Breakfast at a tourist hotel in Tahua on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni Fish Island on the Salar de Uyuni
Isla Inca Wasi on the Salar de Uyuni Motorcycling on the Salar de Uyuni Hikers on the Salar de Uyuni
On the Salar de Uyuni Motorcycling on the Salar de Uyuni Motorcycling on the Salar de Uyuni
Motorcycling on the Salar de Uyuni Motorcycling on the Salar de Uyuni Church in Colcha K, just off the southern end of the Salar de Uyuni.
Street in Colcha K, southern Bolivia In the desert south of the Salar de Uyuni Odd place for a recumbent
Desert scene south of Salar de Uyuni Desert scene south of Salar de Uyuni Desert scene south of Salar de Uyuni
Desert scene south of Salar de Uyuni Desert sunset south of Salar de Uyuni Altiplano Sunrise
Altiplano Sunrise Altiplano Sunrise Altiplano Sunrise over Vulcan Ollague
Altiplano Sunrise over Vulcan Ollague After a cold night of camping on the altiplano Camping on the Altiplano below Volcan Ollague
18,205 feet on Volcan Ollague! 18,205 feet on Volcan Ollague! Driving up Volcan Ollague
17,551 ft on the KLR's Volcan Ollague Flamingos in the Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia
Flamingos in the Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia Flamingos in the Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia Balancing rock in the Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia
Vicuña in the Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia Desert landscape in the Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia Relaxing in some hot springs
Cruising through  the Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia Lake full of flamingos in the Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia Vicuña in the Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia
Laguna Roja in the Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia Laguna Roja in the Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia Small community leaving Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia
Small community leaving Eduardo Alvaroa National Reserve, Southern Bolivia Theatre in Oruro Street vendor in Oruro
Radiator repair on the highway Altiplano Sky Long way home
Illimani sunset La Paz Park Catching up
On top of Iglesia San Francisco Museo de la Iglesia San Francisco Iglesia San Francisco Museum
La Paz Market La Paz Market La Paz Market Street
La Paz Market La Paz Market La Paz Market
La Paz Market La Paz Market Street La Paz Market
La Paz Street La Paz Street La Paz Market
La Paz Market La Paz Market La Paz Market
Lago Titicaca Ferrys on Lago Titicaca Lago Titicaca
Ferrys on Lago Titicaca Crossing Lago Titicaca on a ferry Cordillera Real
Lake Titicaca and Cordillera Real Iglesia in Copacabana Iglesia en Copacabana
Mass in Copacabana Iglesia en Copacabana Iglesia en Copacabana
Lago Titicaca Lago Titicaca Lago Titicaca
Lago Titicaca Lago Titicaca Copacabana and Lago Titicaca
Valley heading to Sorata from Lago Titicaca Sorata Lunch in Sorata
Sorata Street Down from Sorata Nevado Illampu from Sorata
Hotel in Sorata Hotel in Sorata Hotel in Sorata
Sorata City View On the road out of Sorata On the road
Meandering Heading Down Mountain Flower
Quiabaya Man Break in Quiabaya Not so sure
Quiabaya Flowers Quiabaya Girls Quiabaya Kids
Quiabaya Afternoon Quiabaya Portrait Quiabaya Lunch
Quiabaya Taking a Break Tacacoma Arrival
On the Street in Tacacoma Tacacoma Market Restful View
Waiting on the Bus
Dusty Road Falls near Consata
Swimming Hole Falls near Consata River Crossing near Consata
Falls near Consata Footbridge near Consata Mountain farms near Consata
Mountain road near Consata Mountain farms near Consata Little Gold Mining Village
Gold Mining on road to Mapiri Another Flat
Coroico World's Most Dangerous Road World's Most Dangerous Road
World's Most Dangerous Road World's Most Dangerous Road World's Most Dangerous Road
Accident on the World's Most Dangerous Road Shipping broken bikes back to Santa Cruz