Bolivia

We have just got back from a week in the Amazon Basin including staying in the jungle and the pampas grasslands. We took a combination of bus and jeep to get to the jungle, 15 butt-jarring hours from La Paz, on what starts as officially the World's Most Dangerous Road (locally known as Death Road) with over 100 fatalities annually on a 2-hour stretch of narrow gravel road cut into the cliff. On one side the road drops sheer away so the next stop would be well over a kilometre below in places. The road had graves marking many corners where vehicles had left the road. The second part of the trip was by jeep from the small town of Coroico. While it was the same road the drop was less impressive with a maximum of about 300m. The jeep we took on this road acted as transport to the pampas a few days later. Over these days it had 2 blow-outs, lost it's brake fluid, and a shock fall off. It is always good to have quality vehicles on dangerous roads!

Capybara cute weird animal amazon northern Bolivia

In the Pampus it was far easier to see the animals. In the jungle we knew they were there, but it was too dense to be able to spot them easily. Lots of jaguar footprints, as well as tapir, peccary, jaguarundi and more. The human impact on this area is pretty minimal. Great to see.

All the remaining shots are from the pampas. Which, like the jungle we accessed by long boat. The waters were very rich with fish (mostly 3 smaller varieties of piranha) and supported a ridiculous amount of birds, caiman, tortoises, snakes and more. Over 3 days we saw about 500 caiman I would guess. We also saw pink, fresh-water dolphins.



We flew back to La Paz yesterday in a Cessna Caravan. It was a dawn flight starting over virgin jungle and rivers with patches of early morning cloud. As we neared La Paz we climbed over the snow capped Andes. One of the most beautiful flights I have ever taken - unfortunately, the photos look awful.