The beauty of having a 4x4 rental car in Bolivia is that you can determine your own route and your own pace. You just need to know how to drive such roads and be able to manage a 4x4 at its full advantage.
The rural roads in Bolivia are rough, strenuous and demanding. It seems that time stood still. It looks like not much progress happened since the Spaniards invaded the Bolivian Altiplano. People living in the rural Altiplano are all Natives and it seems that they are still living based on old values. Agriculture other than quinoa is not existent and many have life from their Llama herds. Llamas are to be seen everywhere and many of the herds have a Shepard who is assisted in her/his duty by a dog to keep the Llamas all together.
Towards the end of our first day we were searching for an attractive camp spot when all of the sudden a large herd of Llamas crossed the road and with them some energetic dogs as well as the Shepard who at the same time had invariably a big burden on her back carrying wood for the evening fire.
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Wonderful image, without seeing the person you can still "non-verbally" see the hard working shepard carrying a huge load on the poor back. The light is exciting, the aspect of not seeing clearly probably due to the dust also, makes this image outstanding. Love the brown tones with a hint of sun in it. Camping? Wild camping? At least I can't picture a KOA Kampground on this altitude :-) I couldn't agree more, driving your own car is so much better, depending on public transport you would probably need weeks plus you cannot stop where you want and miss THIS. No way.
Something different from your hand! I love the backlight and the way it rims the edges of the llamas' wool, coupled with the dust haze and limited colours.
Bolivia! Sounds like quite an adventure.
Like JMarc, I find the light magical while the pano allows use to see the fine detail down to the llama hairs. Setting one's own agenda is more interesting AND more challenging. I'm impressed. HLJ, Patricia