Five novels to read to ramp up your adventure vacation to Bolivia

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Are you an adventurer who likes to travel to places still open for exploration with uncharted places? Then you must have Bolivia on your bucket list of places to visit. This is the place for you, its one of the highest and most remote countries on earth and much of it remains untouched by the passage of time. The wonders of its place are on earth also includes the people of Bolivia with more indigenous peoples than any other country in the Americas.





Enrich your senses with its interesting history. Celebrate with all that Bolivia offers; its vibrant history, enthralling customs, assorted wildlife, and inspiration landscapes, Bolivia is a country like no other.

On August 18 there was a big parade in El Alto, Bolivia. Children dressed up and walked with their relatives. It was a lot of fun to watch them go by. ISO 200, 28mm, f5.6, 1/250 shot from the public bus through the window. I was focusing on the parade, but when I did the Photomatix processing I liked the stores in the background. I like this shot because of the stores in the background. The whole thing is li9ke a little story. After photomatix the image was very very noisy. I used Imagenomics Noiseware blending a "portrait" and "landscape" noise reductions. Used the "landscape" version to preseve details in the stores, hats and clothing. Used the portrait version on the faces and smooth surfaces. After that a bit of Nik Pro Contrasts, Tonal Contrast, and Slight Glamour Glow on the people. Some burning on the street and walls.

Get ready to ramp up your Bolivian vacation and read these novels.

Cochabamba!: Water War in Bolivia by  Oscar Olivera

Cochabamba! relates the selling of the city’s water supply to Aguas del Tunari, partially owned by WaterwarU.S.-based transnational Bechtel, the subsequent astronomical rise in water prices and the refusal of poverty-strapped Bolivians to pay them, explaining how the people organized an opposition and recounting the dramatic struggles that eventually defeated the privatizers.






Whispering in the Giant’s Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia’s War on Globalization by Williams D Powers

Long the obscure “Tibet of South America,” Bolivia emerged as a world flashpoint during the four years William Powers lived there as an aid worker. CNN and the New York Times have shown images of Aymara women in bowler hats standing down tanks; citizen protests have ousted multinationals and two pro-globalization presidents. In A Natural Nation, Powers breathes life into the recent struggles of the Bolivian people.





The Night By Jaime Saenz

Jaime Saenz is arguably the greatest Bolivian writer of the twentieth century. His poetry is apocalyptic, transcendent, hallucinatory, brilliant–and, until recently, available only in Spanish. Forrest Gander and Kent Johnson’s translations of Saenz’s work have garnered much-deserved attention and acclaim. “The Night,” Saenz’s most famous poem and the last he wrote before his death in 1986.






The Fat Man from La Paz: Contemporary Fiction from Bolivia by Rosario Santos (Editor)

The twenty stories collected in this volume offer not only a comprehensive look at the variety and invention of Bolivian literature but also provide more information about the heart and soul of Bolivia than a warehouse full of news reports. The most comprehensive collection of modern Bolivian literature yet published in English, The Fat Man from La Paz offers a kaleidoscopic view of the country’s last fifty years, from a sociological and cultural viewpoint.





Lost In The Jungle by Yossi Ghinsberg

Four backpackers meet in Bolivia and set off into the rainforest on a dream expedition, lured by the promise of uncharted villages and forgotten tribes hidden in places tourists only dream of seeing. But what begins as the adventure of a lifetime quickly becomes a struggle when they get lost in the Amazonian jungle.






And here are some sites to start your adventure travel in Bolivia

La Paz the administrative capital; at roughly 11,975 feet.


Valley of the Moon Neil Armstrong named it.

Lake Titicaca the world’s largest high-altitude lake, with 3,232 square miles of water

Salar De Uyuni is the starting point for all trips out to the world-famous salt flats

Santa Cruz is Bolivia’s best nightlife and international cuisine

And always…

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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