Bolivia’s population is 60% indigenous and are the first country to have elected a native President. Bolivians are very respectful and connected to Mother Earth. They call her Pachamama. Seeing the natural beauty of the country it is easy to understand the people’s reverence for her. When beer is served, frequently an entire beer, or at least part of the beer is poured on the ground for Pachamama.
Today was a relatively long ride on the Altiplano. Alpacas and other critters shared the road with me. Rock piles painted in yellow warned of steep drop offs on curves. A great use for a plentiful material.
Riding by myself, I decided to stop for lunch when I saw a black and yellow BMW that was not part of our group. Riding it were a delightful couple in their early 30s, Q and Shu. Q was from Holland. Shu had emigrated from China to Toronto, Canada, with her parents when she was 18. They met in Cuba then lived and worked 3 years in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Eight months ago, they quit their jobs and hit the road, traveling through the middle east, Europe, then on to South America. We shared stories over delicious bowls of rice, meat, and vegetable soup. Total cost for my bowl and ice cream bar – $1US.
Our route notes recommended that we stop to appreciate the view of La Paz, prior to descending into the city. It sure was worth the stop.
12-Feb Potosi to La Paz 350 miles
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