Fantasy Friday: Beautiful Bolivia

Lonely Planet knows how to do it right in Bolivia, of course.

Let’s close our eyes (wait…read this though) and picture ourselves being transported to one of the wildest parts of South America:

Simply superlative – this is Bolivia. It’s the hemisphere’s highest, most isolated and most rugged nation. It’s among the earth’s coldest, warmest, windiest and steamiest spots. It boasts among the driest, saltiest and swampiest natural landscapes in the world.

Top 5 things to do and see in Bolivia:

1. Salar de Uyuni – An eerie, otherworldly sea of salt that will haunt your daydreams for years to come.

2. Potosí – A wealth of colonial churches with fabulous paintings, and miners looking to strike it lucky in hell.

3. Sorata – Alluring spot for action or inaction, for exhilarating treks or swinging in a hammock.

4. Parque Nacional Torotoro – Thousands of dinosaur tracks criss-cross this rough and rugged beauty of a national park.

5. Samaipata – This picturesque, laid-back town is the gateway to the pre-Inca site, El Fuerte, and stunning Parque Nacional & Área de Uso Múltiple Amboró.

Just stunning. What a unique and interesting landscape/history this place has. Count me in!

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Photograph: Thirsty Coyote

Jasper, Alberta

This guy was one of three coyotes on a very important mission to cross the road and get to the other side.

And that’s all they did, just to get a drink of water.

Big Cranky Bison

Internet for 2 seconds again, yippee!!

Taken a few days ago on the Pelican Valley hike in Yellowstone. Such a gorgeous hike, but beware of the cranky bison next to the hiking path. He stared us down until we were out of sight.

Hike #3 for the summer

Avalanche Peak is next on the list of hikes I would like to attempt this year when on my 2 month camping trip around US and Canadian National Parks.

Avalanche Peak is the first hike in Yellowstone National Park I would like to try out:

Avalanche Peak is located on the eastern border of Yellowstone National Park, and adjacent to the Shoshone National Forest on the east. The peak is part of the Absaroka Mountain Range. New USGS quads and other maps now list the elevation of the peak at 10,568 ft., but many older maps and publications list an elevation of 10,566 ft.

This is one of the most popular peaks (by far) in the state due to its National Park designation, constructed trail, and the relatively high trailhead access. The bowl is a popular glisse area in recent years. The peak is often climbed as part of a ranger-naturalist guided hike during the summer tourist season.

This is a relatively short (i.e. ±4 hour round-trip) hike which offers what is arguably one of the best views in the park. The peak overlooks much of the eastern side of Yellowstone and the surrounding forest to the east, and also offers outstanding views of nearby Yellowstone Lake. Elevation gain for the ±4 mile round-trip hike is 2,100 feet.

One of the best views of Yellowstone park? I’m DEFINITELY in!

A hotel in a tree, made just for me!

This is where I would stay in India if I could afford it:

TreeHouse Hideaway

5 Treehouses merging into jungle and tiger reserve.

Treehouse hideaway is in the heart of wild country Bandhavgarh and only 10 minutes drive from the Tala gate of the national park. Guests benefit from the incredible location, outstanding hospitality and a naturalist team. There are 5 Treehouses spread across a natural forest clearing in a dense jungle of 21 acres that merges into one of the last natural tiger reserves of the world.

It is not uncommon to spot animals from the privacy of one’s balconies which overlook the tiger reserve and Bandhavgarh Fort.

Bandhavgarh is a small National Park; compact, yet teeming with wildlife. The density of the Tiger population is the highest known in India. Bandhavgarh is also popular for Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Barking Deer, wild boar, jackals and a large variety of birds.
Tree House Hideaway have taken care to design many activities and excursions which generally all guests visiting Bandhavgarh would otherwise miss out on. The Hideaway in itself is geared up for many tour options and the on-site trained naturalist team makes it all the more interesting. For example. Inside the park you have the option of leaving the jeep and getting on an elephant to take your chance of getting close to a tiger.

Morning and Evening Jeep safaris are organized in the Tiger reserve. Vehicles are 4 x 4 Suzuki open jeeps, fitted with comfortable bucket seats and fridges accompanied by a trained English speaking resident naturalist will ensure comfortable and experienced interpretation of the park.

Bandhavgarh Fort forms the heart and the highest point of the park and is an alternate option to visit for one of the days with a picnic lunch.

Birding around the hideaway and near the farmlands is an interesting option to see over 250 bird species.

Village visits, workshops with bamboo weavers and excursions to Sanjay National park ( 2 hours) can also be organized on request.

Sooooo neat!! Should I book it now?