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Cultural Delicacies: Guinea pig

Cultural Delicacies: Guinea pig I had a guinea pig as a pet when I was in elementary school. His name was Guinea (I know, really original). He was brown with a little splash of white on his chest. He had a cute pink nose. He was kind of a nibbler (he would often bite me with his two sharp teeth), and...

Amazing Race 13, episode 3: La Paz, Bolivia, where a taxi can make or break you

Amazing Race 13, episode 3: La Paz, Bolivia, where a taxi can make or break you The competition is heating up on the Amazing Race. Season13 has hit its stride. When the teams landed in La Paz, Bolivia, each team sped or wobbled along depending upon their ability to deal with the altitude. Although most teams seem to be trying to win the race by just...

Bodyslammed in Bolivia - the female wrestlers of El Alto

Bodyslammed in Bolivia - the female wrestlers of El Alto Our friends over at Intelligent Travel pointed us to this awesome video slideshow feature on female wrestling in Bolivia, put together by the team at National Geographic. Lucha libre, for those who are not familiar, is a style of pro-wrestling popular in Latin America. Its...

Great American Road Trip: Travel books for the road. 1 of 4: Sun After Dark

Great American Road Trip: Travel books for the road. 1 of 4: Sun After Dark I'm one of those people who haul books when I travel. I am ambitious, imagining hours of page turning. Usually, though, I barely crack a book. One advantage of riding in a car across a good portion of the United States, as I have recently experienced on my family's road trip...

Bolivia's "Highway of Death" kills US mountain biker

Bolivia's A thrilling ride down the "Camino de la Muerte," or "Death Road," has become a popular adventure destination in Bolivia. I, personally, get nauseous just looking at the photo. A 56-year old U.S. tourist, Kenneth Mitchell, was killed here in mountain-biking accident after...

"Bizarre Foods" on the Travel Channel: Season 2, Bolivia

Location: Bolivia, highest and most remote country of South America. Home of naturally freeze-dried potatoes, the Andes, llamas galore, and a fondness for cooking EVERY part that's at all edible. Episode Rating: 4 Sheep Testicles (out of 4) using Aaron's system from last...

Hugo Chavez: "I chew coca every day"

Hugo Chavez: Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez said in a speech recently that he chews coca every day, and that his "hook up" is Bolivian president Evo Morales. Chavez reportedly said, "I chew coca every day in the morning... and look how I am," before showing his bicep to his audience,...

Biking the world's most dangerous road

A backpacker in Peru I met has been spending the last half year or so bumming through South America. He told many thrilling tales, but the one that really stood out being his biking trip down the world's most dangerous road, right outside La Paz, Bolivia. In the Youtube...

How to end up in a La Paz prison (tour)

How to end up in a La Paz prison (tour) On my recent trip to Peru, an Australian who I was hiking the Inca trail with introduced me to the infamous San Pedro prison in downtown La Paz, Bolivia. For the uninitiated, this is a one-of-a-kind place--and the inspiration for the Panamanian prison on Fox Network's Prison...

Traveling where the dollar is strong

Traveling where the dollar is strong If you're earning a salary in US currency and are unlucky enough to spend it traveling internationally, you know the pain of the depreciating dollar. The rest of the world has become frighteningly expensive as the dollar continues its slide. My recent trip to North Korea,...

Traveling for Christmas

Traveling for Christmas When I was a kid, Christmas at my house was a stereotypically American affair. There was the build-up -- Christmas lists, calendars with chocolate that helped you count down the days, tree-cutting and decorating, and, best of all, piles and piles of presents. It was always...

Biking Bolivia's Death Road

If you've ever traveled off the beaten path, you've probably come across some pretty abysmal roads. The very worst tend to be in third world countries populated with mountain ranges. Often, the roads here are nothing more than a sliver cut into the mountainside with no...

One for the Road: Our Dumb World - Onion's Atlas

One for the Road: Our Dumb World - Onion's Atlas I just finished listening to some short clips from the audio book version of the Onion's new atlas of planet earth, aptly titled Our Dumb World. After a short introduction, it begins: "Here are audio clips from some of the countries that matter - France: One nation above...

Good Bye, Cocaine. Hello Coca!

Good Bye, Cocaine. Hello Coca! Bolivia, the world's third largest cocaine producer, has escaped US drug sanctions because it met the counter-narcotics commitment of eradicating at least 5,000 hectares (12,360 acres) of coca crop. According to Reuters, cocaine seizures were up 17 percent to 11 tonnes in...

Photo of the Day (9/12/07)

Photo of the Day (9/12/07) This shot outside of a hotel in Santa Cruz, Bolivia by epicxero reminds me of the architecture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, particulary the outside of Palace of the Governors. There is an aesthetic in the lines, colors and shapes of the columns that appeals to me. It's a funky...

Drivers Beware: The Most Dangerous Roads in the World

Drivers Beware: The Most Dangerous Roads in the World Living near the Rocky Mountains, I thought I had some experience with dangerous roads. The ones I frequent twist and in turn around, over and under the huge, jagged mountains, through avalanche plains, with only a guardrail protecting your car from plummeting off a cliff's...

The Five Most Dangerous Roads in the World

The Five Most Dangerous Roads in the World Out of the few near-death experiences I can recall in my lifetime, just about all of them involved cars -- driving them, being driven in them, being hit by one of them; even when the roads are perfectly asphalted and traffic is flowing smoothly it can still be dangerous....

Andes Photo Gallery

Andes Photo Gallery Having spent over a year living in Chile way back when, I can attest that the Andes Mountains are a photographer's dream. The scale of these towering peaks and gaping valleys are like nothing most of us know wen we think of mountains. This hemisphere's largest mountain,...

Paddle Bolivia

Paddle Bolivia The world is filled with wonderful places to paddle, and we've done our best here at gadling to bring some of them to your attention. But most of these places are on the ocean, from the lovely San Juan Islands in the Northwest to, well, exotic places like The Na Pali Coast. ...

Red Corner: On the Trail of Che

Red Corner: On the Trail of Che Che Guevara has always been an iconic figure, and has thusly attracted a rather devoted band of followers, even in death. In fact, it is his death that even today draws the curious and the dedicated to a remote spot in Bolivia where he was gunned down in 1967: La...

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