Bolivia, baby!

Butch and Sundance, Simón and Che …………….Dirtmonger and Swami? From bandits to revolutionaries to backpackers. We are headed to Bolivia!

Over the next six weeks, Ryan Sylva (aka Dirtmonger or DM / pictured top far right) and I will be hiking a series of trails and routes in the central Andes. While the primary focus will be Bolivia, we are beginning our trip a little west of there in the fabled mountain town of Cusco in eastern Peru. It has been 21 years since I was last in the capital and birthplace of the Inca empire, and I can’t think of a better place to begin this current journey.

On a personal note, I am excited to be joined by my good mate DM, who has a boatload of experience doing off-trail long distance routes up in the States. Additionally, over the past few weeks he has been trying to convince me that his colourful east LA “spanglish” is going to work like a dream once we are out in the boonies of Bolivia. Having heard a few samples I’m not so sure, but really I’m just hoping we can stay out of trouble and avoid a Butch, Sundance and Che-type ending 😉 ! Stay tuned, I have a feeling this is going to be a good one.

: This will likely be the last post on the website for a while. Most of the next six weeks we will out of internet range. When we have service, I’ll try to post the odd photo and quick  update on “The Hiking Life”  Facebook and Instagram accounts.


Bolivia, baby! — 9 Comments

  1. I’ve been to Boliva and to the Sacred Valley in Peru where you’re starting off. Quechua is the language (dialect) you’re going to find out in the hinterlands for most of that region so your Spanglish isn’t going to go very far outside of cities.

    You’ll be fine, just avoid drinking Chicha at the courtyard “bars” marked by the red plastic bag flags. There are still Shining Path Gorillas in the mountains outside of Cusco so stick to well established trails until you’re well beyond their territory.

    Cochabamba is a great area to take some down days. If you make it as far as Villa Tunari in the jungle basin that’s another great place to chill. Be safe and enjoy the altitude!

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