Trip Start Nov 05, 2006
182Trip End Jan 14, 2008
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This sounded like a nice "off the beaten path" sort of thing to do so we tracked down a tour operator (two guys with a jeep), negotiated a price and set out the next morning to explore the hills and valleys surrounding Coroico and get a glimpse of Afro-Bolivia.
Our guides were great and stopped along the winding roads to point out the different flora and explain the different types of trees and methods the locals were using to grow coffee, a little bit of coffee that is
We visited the house of a local artist, who's one bedroom home echoed the activism of the 1960's with his collection of books by renegade thinkers stacked around the room, a work bench for his crafts and a small stove in the corner. Clearly a bright man who simply chose to live a more simple life.
This tour was a very nice surprise. We left feeling like we actually got to see something local rather than something commercial. If you go to Coroico, you can track down the operator in the small tourist office off the town square.
Our tour ended back in Coroico where we met up with the B-side company to pick up a ride home. This was our tour of the "new road" built to replace the "most dangerous road". I was more worried on the new road than the dangerous one! Two lanes of winding highway that snake up cliffsides through the Andes. Hairpin turns would reveal spectacular views overlooking drop offs of more than a thousand feet. Occaisional ruptures in the erosion walls imparted a sense of anxiety about the road's construction and integrity. Some day you'll read about it in the news.