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Bolivia's capital city was so charming!

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El mercado de Tarabuco

Las familias Yampara llegan cada domingo desde sus comunidades rurales a la plaza de Tarabuco para llevar sus productos al mercado. Los domingos se realizan intercambio de alimentos, productos agrícolas, vestimenta, animales, etc. Muchos llegan en bus, en camión y hasta caminando. El comienzo del mercado es bien temprano por la mañana, después del mediodía comienza a bajar la intensidad y a las tres de la tarde muchas personas comienzan a volver a sus comunidades.

En el mercado indígena de Tarabuco se destaca el colorido de las vestimentas de los pobladores Yampara. Ponchos, gorros, sandalias, mantas de diversos colores hacen parte del vestuario de los campesinos indígenas. Muchas veces los colores representan a cada una de sus comunidades. En la actualidad el mercado de Tarabuco es uno de los más auténticos de Bolivia.

 

This particular area in Bolivia's southwest is called "Desierto de Dalí", Dali's desert. I shot this picture out of the driving jeep on our way to the green lagoon, close to the Chilean border.

 

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The bus ride from Copacabana in Lake Titicaca to La Paz is several hours. Not too bad because the scenery is beautiful. Nicer large.

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ISO 400, 135mm, f5.6, 1/1000, shot from a relatively fast moving bus. Processed in Photomatix first, which gave it the strong yellow tones. Used Nik Tonal Contrast and Pro Contrast and dodge, burn and desaturation in PS. The geo-tag is approximate.

 

I haven't been active on flickr for the last few days because I've been updating my machine to run Windows 7. I was using XP, and everything had slowed down to a crawl, so I needed to wipe the disk clean and start over. So, Windows 7 it is. I had to re-install everything from scratch: Photoshop, LIghtroom, Photomatix, Nik, Noiseware, Xrite I1, the Lightroom catalog, get al lthe updates, etc. Quite a job, but I am ahppy to say that so far everything works and faster. In fact, I use CS3, and so far so good.

Re-processing of my previous flamingo photo to show all different view. Shot in the Bolivian altiplano. James's Flamingo

Water tower and pole made from a single tree trunk.

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Towards the end of day 1 of our Salar de Uyuni tour, we reached this lake. At nearly 4875 meters, we had gained an elevation of almost 1 km in a day!

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Just one of the alien like landscapes we saw on the Salar dau Uyuni tour. It smelled of rotten eggs, the temperature of the water was around 90 degrees, the wind made it hard for us to stand there and the altitude of nearly 5500 meters made it tough for everyone to breathe!

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The sunrise from the top of Incahuasi on the Salar de Uyuni was totally worth the 4AM start in the dark and the cold. We stood on top of an "island" seeing but the salt as far as our eyes could reach. Seeing the sky and the ground go from shades of pink and yellow to blue and white, it was a pretty special morning.

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Huge rocks and howling winds went together on day 3 of our Salar de Uyuni tour. This combination has led to some interesting and sometimes strange shape of the rocks.

Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 km² (4,085 square miles). It is located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, 3,650 meters high. The major minerals found in the salar are halite and gypsum.

 

Some 40,000 years ago, the area was part of Lake Minchin, a giant prehistoric lake. When the lake dried, it left behind two modern lakes, Poopó Lake and Uru Uru Lake, and two major salt deserts, Salar de Coipasa and the larger Uyuni. Uyuni is roughly 25 times the size of the Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States.

 

Salar de Uyuni is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt, of which less than 25,000 tons is extracted annually. All miners working in the Salar belong to Colchani's cooperative. Every November, Salar de Uyuni is also the breeding grounds for three species of South American flamingos: the Chilean, James's and Andean flamingos. It is also a significant tourist destination; highlights include a salt hotel and several so-called islands. -- Wikipedia

The Arbol de Piedra (Stone Tree) is a volcanic rock formation in the Desierto Siloli in Bolivia. The rock is unique because it resembles a tree.

 

The Desierto Siloli is considered to be part of the Atacama Desert in neighboring Chile.

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LA PAZ - COPACABANA - ISLA DEL SOL - HUATAJATA -TIQUINA

Nel sud della Bolivia, oltre i Salares, dove non esistono piu' strade ma solo piste.. A circa 4300 m di quota, uno spettacolo indimenticabile, nonostante il tempo non ottimale.

Oltre non siamo riusciti ad proseguire, perchè avremmo dovuto superare un passo a 4500 m, con il meteo in netto peggioramento e rischio di rimanere bloccati dalla neve.

Siamo riusciti a vedere, in mezzo alla foschia, la laguna Colorada, mentre abbiamo perso la laguna Verde..

Un buon motivo per ritornarci ??... :-))

 

Auguro un buon w.e. "rosa" a tutti !!!

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From my trip to the Bolivian altiplano in 2007

Bolivia > Cordillera Apolobamba > Curva > Highlands towards mountains

Road in Altiplano, Bolivia

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