What we love about Bolivia.
As we walked across the La Quiaca/ Villazón border into Bolivia, we were immediately struck by the colorful outfits, aroma of delicious food wafting from the abundance of street food vendors, and the dramatic decrease in prices. When we ventured into the rural farm communities on our trek from Potosí to Cochabamba, we were overcome with the grandiosity of these rugged mountains and the simple, perfect lives of the colorful people living within them. We had a hunch we'd love this place from the stories of fellow travelers and friends, and we do! Here are a few of our favorite things:
- Despite warnings of ransom kidnappers and natives who sacrifice women and children, we have found people to be genuinely friendly, greeting us with big toothless smiles on the trail
- Quechua is the dominant language in the rural areas of Bolivia. Most elderly and children do not know Spanish so usually we seek out the folks in between for translation.