A Behind the Lens Look at Bolivia

When one thinks of traveling to South America, it is countries like Ecuador, Peru, Brazil or Argentina that dominate the list of places to explore. While I worked in Ecuador as a photography instructor for National Geographic and spent a few months shooting in the Patagonia region of southern Chile and Argentina…it is the country of Bolivia that has always been at the top of my travel list. However it wasn’t until this year that I was able to finally find the time to get there. After teaching an eight day photography workshop through my company The Giving Lens in Peru, I crossed over the Peruvian boarder via a public bus and arrived in La Paz, Bolivia to met up with a couple friends (Scott Jarvie, Roma Gee and Natalie Stone) and the adventure began. Between the high altitude mountains of the Andes, to the largest salt flats in the world to the amazing Bolivia culture…there was a lot to love. Bolivia is certainly a country I will be returning to in the near future.

Here is a collection of behind the scenes images that I took with my Android Galaxy Nexus cell phone throughout Bolivia. While not all of the images from this trip and my other adventures around the globe make it to my blog, you can find an endless stream of via my TUMBLR page that is visible in the sidebar of this blog.

Bolivian visa stamp
Bolivian visa stamp on my passport
La Paz Bolivia at Dusk
Photo of shooting La Paz, Bolivia at Dusk
4x4 Toyota 4 Runner
Our 4×4 rental we had for eight days…oh and Scott Jarvie 🙂
Curahuara de Carangas
Curahuara de Carangas Church that was on the way to Sajama National Park

Sajama National Park in Bolivia
Outskirts of Sajama National Park
Sunset in Sajama National Park
Sunset over the town of Sajama
Dusk over Twin Volcanoes in Bolivia
Dusk over Twin Volcanoes in Sajama National Park
Bones found outside the town of Sajama, Bolivia
The last thing you want to find when exploring Bolivia alone
Church and Native Statue in Bolivia
Church and Native Statue in Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
Worlds largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni
Isla de Sol in the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
Morning cactus on Isla de Sol in the Salar de Uyuni
Lama traffic Jam in Bolivia
Bolivian Traffic Jam
In a 4x4 crossing the Salar de Coipasa in Bolivia
Fording the Salar de Coipasa…well our 2nd attempt…took 4 🙂
Milky Way over the town of Coipasa Bolivia
Milky Way over the town of Coipasa Bolivia
Flamingoes in Laguna Hedionda in Bolivia
Andean Flamingos in Laguna Hedionda
A rock that looks like a tree in  Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve in Bolivia
Famous rock that looks like a tree in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve
Hot Springs pool at 15,000 ft in Bolivia
Hot springs at nearly 15,000 ft….yes please!
View from Hotel near Laguna Verde in  Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve in Bolivia
View from Hostal near Laguna Verde…pretty much the middle of no where
Photo of Laguna Verde near sunset in Bolivia
Behind the lens shot of capturing Laguna Verde
Volcano in Bolivia
Scott Jarvie and Natalie Stone looking for something to shoot…don’t they see the volcano behind them?
Sand Waves in sand dunes at 14,000 ft in Bolivia
Totally random sand dunes at the top of a mountain in southern Bolivia…nearly 14,000 ft.
Church in Potosi, Bolivia
Church in Potosi, Bolivia
White Christ near Cochabama, Bolivia
White Christ near Cochabama
Iran Airlines plane in Bolivia
Islamic Republic of Iran Airlines plane in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
In the Taxi on the way to the Santa Cruz Airport in Bolivia
Heading to the airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia to head home to Denver
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