June 17, 2001
If you are thinking about where to spend your next exotic vacation, go to Bolivia. This little-known South American country boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes and mountain ranges in the world and the people are among the friendliest I have ever met. Unlike more popular Andean nations (such as Peru), Bolivia sees very few tourists and you really feel a sense of discovery travelling there. Amy and I spent two and a half weeks in Bolivia (during May and June 2001), which could never be enough, but had a fantastic time.
We spent the entire time in the western part of the country, touring the southwestern altiplano, trekking in the Andes, and exploring ruins and villages on Lake Titicaca. Over half of our trip was spent well above 13,000 feet and we only spent one night below 10,000! It was winter there and bitterly cold at altitude, but the clear days and strong sun made up for it.
These photos were taken on a Canon EOS Rebel 2000, with a 28-80mm zoom lens as well as a 24mm wide-angle, using Fuji film and a polarizing filter. Click on any of the pictures below to read a description, or just follow the "next" links from each page for a slideshow. Clicking on any of the images will display a very high-resolution image.
All of these photos are Copyright (c) 2001 by Matt Welsh and Amy Bauer. If you'd like to use any of these pictures for any reason, just contact me at the email address above!