Andrej Russkovskij, one of our good friends and favorite travelers, is back with another set of captivating film snaps of his adventures. As part of his journey to keep film photography alive while traversing South America, Andrej braved the landlocked Bolivia, whose rough terrains, challenging transits, and natural wonders gave him a lot to take in and remember. He tells us his story himself for this Wanderlust Special.
Bolivia is intense and rough, not exactly the kind of place somebody picks to spend a relaxing couple of weeks. At its peaks, the altitude makes it hard for you to breathe, and the crisp cold makes your bones shiver. Hot showers? You’d be foolish to expect there would be any!
Despite other traveler woes like a food poisoning episode hitting in the least convenient moment (possibly on a 12-hour overnight bus trip with no available toilets), sometimes chilly hospitality of the locals, and the likelihood of ending up in a town without running water, our two January weeks in Bolivia gifted us with some highlights for our four-month-long South American experience.
In Uyuni, we witnessed the breathtaking reflection of the sky in the flooded salt flats and marveled at flamingo-inhabited mountain lakes. We survived cycling downhill to traverse the wild 65 kilometers of the infamous Death Road. In La Paz, the capital sitting at 3,500 meters above sea level, we learned about what were said to be baby llamas and human sacrifices made for the favors of the Andean Mother Earth, a fertility goddess whom they called Pachamama. We crawled on our knees in the dark and claustrophobic silver mines of Potosi, while dynamites were set on fire just few meters away from us. We sailed on Lake Titicaca, at almost 4,000 meters above sea level.
We came to Bolivia bearing very different opinions from fellow travelers: it’s either love or hate. Ours was a rollercoaster of both, and these are just some of the photos that captured our memories of Bolivia that we’ll never forget.
To see more of Andrej’s travel photos and the rest of his works, please head to the links below: