Well this hunk has got Kiri’s heart racing… Hello Gareth of Tourist 2 Townie! He’s been missioning around South America, making us laugh (and jealous) and here he tells us about his love for Bolivia. Might just have to fly to Bolivia now…
1. Could you briefly introduce yourself, your site and your experience travelling in Bolivia?
Ladies and gentleman of the world, my name is Gareth Leonard but my Latin friends call me Andres. About two and a half years ago Tourist2Townie.com was cultivated to document my pursuit of traveling deeper throughout Latin America as I attempt to venture beyond monuments and landmarks to experience places through the culture and people who define them. I focus on one mission for each destination and so far I’ve bartended in Buenos Aires, Argentina, learned to Salsa in Medellin, Colombia, and I’m currently volunteering with a literacy organization in Sucre, Bolivia.
Bolivia is traditional, humble, and one of the most naturally beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Like all South American countries, Bolivia has so much to experience from border to border that you could spend years exploring. When it comes to food, saltañas are a highlight of an otherwise modest selection compared to other South American countries, like Peru and Brazil.
3. How much money can someone travel around Bolivia for? What are the greatest expenses? What things are relatively cheap?
Bolivia is the cheapest country in South America. Food, accommodations, tours and land travel are all very inexpensive. I guess one of the most expensive aspects of the country is just getting in ($135 for US Citizens).
4. What are your favourite destinations in Bolivia and why?
Sucre has been my home for the last 4 months so that’s definitely at the top of my list. The city it peaceful, the people are friendly and the weather is great. Otherwise, on and around Salar de Uyuni in Southwest Bolivia definitely lived up to the hype and mountain biking down the World’s Most Dangerous Road outside La Paz was also incredible.
The pueblos (small towns) of Bolivia have festivals going on all year. Whether it’s as well known as Carnival in Oruro or miles from the tourist path like dancing with bulls on Easter in Morado K’asa, there’s always something to do, even outside the big cities like La Paz and Santa Cruz. Pueblos in Bolivia, like most Latin American countries, are the heart and soul of the culture.
6. What is your favourite thing about travelling this country? What is your least favourite thing?
Favorite has to be the affordability and safety. Least favorite has to be the inefficiency.
7. What things do you focus on most when you blog about this country? Why do you choose these things?
Like anywhere I go, I focus on the people. In Bolivia in particular, I’ve focused on the volunteer work I have done with BiblioWorks. An organization based in Sucre, which builds and facilitates libraries around the Chiqusaca region.
8. What’s one thing you can’t travel around Bolivia without?
Potatoes… they’re everywhere!
9. If you could have lived anywhere else in the country where would it be and why?
I loved the weather and eye candy of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
10. If you could think of one thing you wished someone had told you before you started travelling in Bolivia what would it be?
That if I ever got stuck in a road block that I could call them and they would come pick me up in their helicopter and take me wherever I wanted to go. Patience is a virtue in Bolivia.
Thanks to Gareth or should I say Andres!
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