We, Btina aka GreenTina and I have been exploring Bolivia for a little more than 90 days now. It’s located in the center of South America. Bordered by Brazil to the east, Paraguay and Argentina to the west and Chile and Peru to the north. Bolivia hosts the encounter of South America’s three most important macro regions, which are the Andes, the Amazon and the Chaco. It remains the continent’s least populated country. It’s the forgotten jewel of South America, its geographical, cultural and energetic center. Oblivion and underdevelopment -burdens that have forced half of the Bolivians to live outside their country- has its curious advantages. Ecologically speaking, Bolivia is one of the least devastated and exploited countries in the world. It preserves 85% of its original vegetation coverage.
Currently we have our home base in the mountain town of Samaipata at about 3 hours of the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Again here we are exploring mostly the unknown places and leaving well known out touristic attractions. For now. There is so much to discover and explore. Meanwhile some of the captured pictures within the region of Samaipata and Santa Cruz de la Sierra which is the biggest city of Bolivia with over 2 Mio. people.
Compared to Paraguay and Brazil the deforestation has not yet reached the extreme forest degradation. But it’s clearly endangered according to the Deforestation Index map evaluates 180 countries where high rates of deforestation occurred between 2005 and 2010. Also you should read about the tragic deforestation of the Gran Chaco in Paraguay.
The current photos are only a slice of Bolivia but never less I believe they tell an amazing story our my travel in beautiful Bolivia. I encourage all of you adventurers out there to do the same!
The stunning landscape from La Vispera in the mountain town of Samaipata in Bolivia. Samaipata (which means “resting in the heights” in the Quechua language) is a small town near Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Located in the foothills of the Andes mountain, about 3 hours west of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. At an altitude of about 1,650 meter above the sea level. It’s a cozy town and popular among tourists and foreign residents. The town has almost a mystical air and also offers visits to nurseries, vegetable gardens, including herb gardens, and local artwork including ceramic and ironwork. In addition, many Samaipata Tours include visits to nearby waterfalls, hiking and trekking, Laguna Volcán, Amboro National Park, and other places for which Samaipata serves as a gateway. Of course living in Samaipata we can see the transition witch is happening now with all the foreign residents. Land prices are sky rocketing from 2-5 USD to 30 and more per square meter for a parcel within or near the town. The town is growing like crazy and in a few years all the valley could become a small city. The temperature during the day is hot and falls down in the night where it gets more than fresh for our liking. Nerveless it’s a great home base for us right now and we are happy to be here and learn as much as we can during our stay.
The 3rd Cuevas Waterfall near the mountain village of Samaipata in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The Cuevas Waterfall entry is 5 Bolivianos and I would say that the price is OK compared to the beautiful scenery and the fresh flowing mountain water. We noticed that the vegetation around the Waterfall is pretty much not existing probably the natural forest have been cut and harvested long time ago.
A wild water creek bordering the Amboró National Park in central Bolivia. The Amboró is a nature reserve with over 912 species of birds, over 177 mammalian species including puma, ocelot, and the rare Spectacled Bear.
The Devil’s Window rock arch in Bermejo with the Bermejo river located near Samaipata in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The Bermejo river is part of the Amazon drainage basin which covers an area of about 6,915,000 km2 (2,670,000 sq mi), or roughly 40% of the South American continent!!! It is located in the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.
Another view of the Bermejo River and Valley between the city of Santa Cruz and the mountain town of Samaipata. This river here in Bolivia will flow into the great amazon river in Brazil and finally disperse into the vast an deep South Atlantic Ocean.
One of the Bermejo side valleys bordering the great Amboró National Park.
The landscape deep into the Bella Vista Valley near Samaipata, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Colorful parrot from Buena Vista near Santa Cruz. The diversity of birds is quite unique in Bolivia. Actually Bolivia contains more diverse biomes than any other on the bird continent, making it also the birdiest landlocked country in the world.
Bolivia the the land of flora and fauna.
Blue flower. Flora and Fauna in the Bolivian Paradise? Bolivia is one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet, containing between 30-40% of the world’s flora and fauna and a wide range of ecosystems – from Andean mountains to the Pantanal.
Red hibiscus flower from Samaipata. Dried hibiscus is edible, and it is often a delicacy in Mexico. The red hibiscus is the flower of the Hindu goddess Kali, and appears frequently in depictions of her in the art of Bengal, India, often with the goddess and the flower merging in form. The hibiscus is used as an offering to goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha in Hindu worship.
Orange flower spotted in the mountain town of Samaipata.
The old Yungas road from Santa Cruz de la Sierra to Cochabamba in Bolivia. This river landscape was taken before arriving at the town of Samaipata.
Old little colorful houses of Samaipata, Bolivia.
There are still many traditional adobe walls in the town of Samaipata, Bolivia.
Landscape of the Wild Palermo Valley near Samaipata, Bolivia.
Bee sucking nectar from a Pink petal flower in Finca la Vispera. The local honey in Samaipata tastes amazing. Properties of honey: Honey is made up of glucose, fructose, and minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphate, sodium chlorine, potassium, magnesium. The benefits of organic honey: Prevent cancer and heart disease: Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. It reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders. It is Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal. It helps to increase athletic performance. And can help to reduce cough and throat irritation.
Many old houses in Samaipata cactus on top of the roofing tile because of the all year round humidity during the night.
The house colors from the central plaza in Samaipata.
Organic cacao in Buena Vista, Bolivia.
Many bee’s sucking for nectar in the organic flower and herb garden of the Finca la Vispera in Samaipata. Did I mention how great the organic honey is?
Wild Bolivia: Ready to trans pass the river in the wild valley of Bella Vista not to far away from Samaipata in the department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Smiling lady passing by with a bus in Santa Cruz.
Old lady at one of the street market in Santa Cruz buying some vegetables.
Chilean musician playing the guitar at the plaza of Samaipata.
Artisan creating earings at the plaza in Samaipata.