The little town of Uyuni in Bolivia’s Potosí Department has become a destination for travelers from around the world, not for the town itself but for the salt flats of the same name, Uyuni Salar. The town acts as a gateway for visitors to the popular salt flats and the contiguous Eduardo Avaroa Reserve. While the grand majority of people travel to Uyuni from Bolivia’s capital city, La Paz, they do so by a variety of methods- there is no ‘best way’ to get to Uyuni, as this varies by type of traveler as well as by time and money restraints.
Flights to Lima land in the Jorge Chavez International Airport, in the downtrodden harbor district of Callao. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most dangerous areas in the city, so you shouldn’t go to the trouble of exploring or of trying to find a place to stay near the airport. The overwhelming majority of travelers stay in the seaside district of Miraflores, as it’s very safe and boast a great number of parks, quality restaurants, and tourist attractions. You can reach Miraflores yourself by taxi, shuttle, tourist-class bus, local bus, or rental car- here’s how!
At Pirwa La Paz, we’re excited for one of the biggest festivals of the year, the Fiesta del Gran Poder. El Gran Poder means the all powerful, as the festival is based on Christ the All Powerful, the 2nd figure in an early 17th century painting of the trinity in which the three entities display Indian or mestizo features. The artist is unknown; a novice nun had brought the painting with her it as her offering upon entering a convent, after which the painting changed hands many times amidst a growing reputation for granting miracles. Devotion grew and in 1939 the Parochial Church of the All Powerful was founded in its name. What began in the 1930’s with a handful of dancers has exploded through the years into a riotous celebration reminiscent of Carnaval, which falls a couple of months earlier.
Aside from its cultured, artistic air, Sopocachi District also boasts some of the best restaurants and night life in La Paz. It’s definitely worth a stop during your visit to Bolivia’s capital city.
In this post, we’ve compiled our favorite activities to do in Sopocachi:
The Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba River Valley, is a must-see for visitors to Cusco. Some travelers actually opt to stay a night or two in the Sacred Valley before visiting Cusco, as it has an altitude about 2,000 feet lower and thus allows for more gradual acclimatization. The draw isn’t purely practical, however: the valley offers amazing natural scenery, assorted Incan and pre-Incan ruins, and picturesque traditional Andean towns. We think that the town of Urubamba is the perfect spot from which to explore this natural, cultural and historical wealth, so today we’ll be talking about what you can do in Urubamba and how you can reach it from Cusco.