La Casa Real de la Moneda is often regarded as the most complete and interesting museums in all of Bolivia. I think it's worth a visit. A two-hour walk with a guide (Spanish, English or French) is mandatory because the museum is so large. The guides follow different itineraries. The museum gives information on the importance of extracting money from the mines of Potosí, the birth of capitalism in Europe in the sixteenth century, different currencies, and the first locomotive in the country, among others things.
Uyuni is an out of this world place, not only because of its saltiness, but also because you get the feeling that time stopped and that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid can appear at any time (to be clear, Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Two Men and a destination). The town is very small, it only has a few streets and there's not really anything to see from an architectural point of view. Perhaps the most interesting thing about it is the train station, which has an old locomotive and other pieces on display, the clock tower, and the Catholic Church Uyuni is the starting point for tours to hire the Salar de Uyuni, the largest in the world, returning to the starting point after four days, or leave us in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile
Trinidad is the capital of Beni, the Bolivian capital of cattle. It has a warm climate where you can see beautiful natural scenery with a wealth of flora and fauna, majestic rivers like the great Mamore, beautiful women and hospitable and warm people. The perfect paradise on Earth for tourism.
Incarracay is a beautiful place on semi-tropical mountains. You can expect high humidity and the typical noise of the city. It has pine forests, a beautiful pond and plenty of space for camping. It's a safe place. When it's closed, there's no danger because it's locked and there are guards at the entrance.
Spending carnival in Uyuni is amazing. I had a ticket to go to Oruro, much more famous and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, but in Uyuni carnival, being more modest is fully lived at street level
The Shelter Home of Hope is an orphanage in the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Home to 36 children, victims of physical and psychological abuse, sexual abuse or abandonment or orphanhood. 2013 Group grants 20 scholarships for schooling in Refuge of Hope, which is 7200 Euros per year, covering one third of the annual budget of the orphanage. In August 2011, the 2013 Group representatives visited, met each of the 36 children and tried different issues with the management team of Home: current expenses of the center, the organization of the orphanage, the professional support provided to them and the future prospects for both the children and the school itself.
Tarabuco is a Bolivian town in the province of Yampara, and the department of Chuquisaca. It's the cradle of the Yampara culture. As you can see from the photo, the people's costumes are very unique, especially on market day when everyone wears their prettiest dresses to town to sell their stores and buy a week of provisions. Some only come down once a month, which makes the market a big event. The people are sunburned at three thousand feet in above sea level, and they are all very dark. Despite the cold, most people walk with sandals and no socks, because the costume itself is hot and protects them from the cold. The most interesting thing, apart from the large, red blanket that covers their back with different edges depending on the village, are the hats. Some look like police caps, made with foil, pompoms and flowers on top. Others are like black velvet, enlivened by red and yellow flowers. If you are ever in Bolivia, you can easily recognize the Yampara. Market day in Tarabuco is Sunday. You have to arrive early because people start to return to their village at 3 pm.
Those traveling to Bolivia during the first half of September should not miss the opportunity to attend the Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe, held on around the 8th to 10th of this month in the city of Sucre (of which the Virgin is the patron). The Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe lasts a minimum of two days, during which the city streets are filled with music and joy. Among the many activities included in the program are a massive Mass in Sucre's main square, the procession of the Virgin, and above all, a majestic parade which thousands of people of all ages participate in. I attended the parade spellbound for two days straight, I can assure you it is a sight to be seen: it is a really awesome performance of music, costumes and traditional dress and above all, the long hours that these people are dancing non-stop, in what apparently is a sacrifice made in honor of the Virgin. As I said at the beginning, if you have the opportunity to go to Bolivia on these dates, try to visit Sucre. You will not regret it and will discover a side of Bolivia that only its own people can show you.
The area of the Jesuit missions is one of the most fascinating places in Bolivia. It has been named a World Heritage Site due to the diversity of the landscape which includes jungles, dirt roads and wonderfully restored buildings.
This photo was taken on one of my trips for my thesis and the view from the start seemed fantastic, I will always enjoy nature. this stay was in Chiquitania Santa Cruz, Bolivia, part of the Jesuit missions in Bolivia.