Category Archives : South America: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia

The North Yungas: Thick into It

Fallen but Not Defeated The beast we spoke so highly of when we first entered the Yungas has nearly swallowed us. Mud licked at our wheels, gurgled, burped, and sucked us into the folds of terrestrial digestion to the point of complete bicycle failure. Despite the knowledge that the 223-mile loop contained 34,000ft of climbing […]

Gold: It’s Complicated


Gold mining at an 18-man cooperative outside of Maipiri. In a nearby town, a gold-buyer shared that the men find and sell roughly 500 grams/week, not quite the bounty you would expect from this level of destruction. But as always, it’s complicated when it contributes to livelihoods. Another nearby town had to instate an ordinance prohibiting digging within town limits. Stay tuned for more…

Diesel Bound


Transportation takes many forms in Bolivia, mainly, anything that moves. Here we’ve hitched in a dump truck, yet again filled with questionable cargo. Thankfully though, since James’s climbing gears were on their last limbs, and Katie was courting the popularly acclaimed Cipro.

Talking Finance

Headfirst into the Taboo Without fail, we’re put under the financial spotlight at least once per conversation when we’re chatting with the locals. We’re used to it, because no matter how modestly dressed we are, we’re gringos on bicycles. At first, we’d hem and haw, but after six weeks of practice here in Bolivia, we’ve […]