Welcome to the travel blog of Luke Kelly. I flew to Brazil in January 2011 with a one way ticket. Follow me as I journey around South America, getting by on the proverbial shoe string. I love football, design, music & food amongst other things and I'll be working as I travel - so those will probably be regular themes here. But a bit like my trip, I haven't really got a plan for this blog, so lets see what happens...
Posts tagged "Bolivia"
Hasta Luego Bolivia! Crossing borders for the first time in 3 months...

Hasta Luego Bolivia! Crossing borders for the first time in 3 months…

With a heavy heart and a tear in my eye, I turned and gave Bolivia a final wave on my way through the arch that marks the border between it and Peru. Well something like that anyway. I was actually kind of ready to move on in many ways and very excited to be heading...
Flying through Copacabana; Lago Titicaca, Isla del Sol and a dodgy Salteña

Flying through Copacabana; Lago Titicaca, Isla del Sol and a dodgy Salteña

Lake Titicaca is apparently the 'highest commercially navigable lake in the world', as well as stealing the prize for the largest lake in South America (based on water volume at least... thanks for that Wikipedia). As it also lies between Bolivia and Peru and more to the point La Paz and Machu Picchu - it...
Back behind the wheels of steel... DJ'ing at Under Construction, La Paz

Back behind the wheels of steel… DJ’ing at Under Construction, La Paz

DJ'ing was somewhere between a hobby and a profession for me before I left the UK - I was semi-pro to borrow a term from football. In the last few years I'd backed away from it a little, only really playing for some of the bigger promoters I had long established relationships with. In the...
45mph on a bike down Death Road, La Paz

45mph on a bike down Death Road, La Paz

The 'Death Road' is perhaps the most famous bit of adventure tourism in Bolivia. Even before arriving in South America I'd heard all about the 'world's most dangerous road' and the mountain biking tours that you can take down it. In the last 6 months I don't think I've met anyone who's passed through La...
Piranha fishing in Las Pampas - eat them before they eat you!

Piranha fishing in Las Pampas – eat them before they eat you!

The last thing on our agenda after two and a half days in the paradise of Las Pampas was piranha fishing. Much like the alligators and anacondas that live here, piranha fish are proceeded by a fearsome reputation as man eaters - so it was quite a thrill to be turning the tables on them....
(Nearly) swimming with the pink dolphins of Las Pampas

(Nearly) swimming with the pink dolphins of Las Pampas

The schedule for the afternoon of the second day in Las Pampas was "swimming with dolphins" - and this was the activity so many of us where really looking forward to before we'd arrived. It's one of those magical, life affirming, activities that charities fly kids with terminal illnesses to Florida to take part in....
The incredible wildlife of the planet's most bio-diverse region - Las Pampas, Bolivia

The incredible wildlife of the planet’s most bio-diverse region – Las Pampas, Bolivia

The thing that everybody tells you before you arrive in Las Pampas is how many animals you'll see, but as much warning as you're given, it's still a shock when you're confronted with such a huge volume and diversity of species. Coming from fairly central London, I'm not that familiar with anything other than pigeons,...
Hunting for alligators in the dead of night... Las Pampas, Bolivia

Hunting for alligators in the dead of night… Las Pampas, Bolivia

During the three hour boat ride to our riverside lodgings, we'd all been blown away by the amount of wildlife surrounding us - especially the cayman alligators lurking on every bank. There were literally hundreds of them; green ones, black ones, small ones and massive man eating ones - either lying sinisterly motionless on the...
Alligators, dolphins, monkeys & piranhas - boating through Las Pampas, Bolivia

Alligators, dolphins, monkeys & piranhas – boating through Las Pampas, Bolivia

The jungle boat trip to Rurrenabaque was a really amazing trip, but it wasn't just an aimless adventure up stream - we'd gone to Rurrenabaque for a reason. This pretty little town is the main touristy centre for organising trips into the jungle and out to Las Pampas del Yacuma - the lush nature reserve...
Boat through the Jungle to Rurrenabaque

Boat through the Jungle to Rurrenabaque

Coming to South America, visiting the Amazon was high on my list of priorities. Having not made it all the way to the top of Brazil yet, Bolivia's section of the Amazon Basin just north of La Paz offered me my first opportunity to go into the jungle. Not only that, this section is apparently...
Paragliding flight in the mountains of La Paz

Paragliding flight in the mountains of La Paz

La Paz is a real Mecca for adventurous backpackers and the touristic centre is literally teaming with tour operators offering everything from death road biking through to 3 day mountain climbing trips. With so much on offer and so many different companies doing the offering, it's a little bit overwhelming to begin with - but...
Coca Museo, La Paz

Coca Museo, La Paz

The Coca Museo came highly recommended by one of the guides at the Potosi mine tour, so I was excited to stumble across it in the touristy centre of La Paz. Walking in though it became clear that it was not the amazing place I'd been lead to believe! Just about in the 'so bad...