Identidad Madidi BITÁCORA DE VIAJE

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At four thirty in the morning the Identidad Madidi team met to load vehicles with equipment, food, excitement, anticipation and smiles – after years of planning our adventure begins.Four cars and a truck traveled out of the almost deserted streets of La Paz, through the already busy El Alto and on to the Bolivian altiplano passing Lake Titicaca and its spectacular early morning views, through the hustle and bustle of Achacachi, and then on to the hills of the Apolobamba mountain range. After passing the highest point of the trip, Pumasani at 4,600m a.s.l., we began our descent on the eastern side of the Andes, stopping on the Charazani River in Apolobamba National Natural Area of Integrated Management, a spectacular national protected area that borders Madidi. A pair of torrent ducks accompanied our sandwiches as we re-grouped vehicles and dealt with a couple of punctures. Further down the road to Apolo we were delayed for an hour by a major landslide being worked on by municipal maintenance staff, but as evening drew in at seven thirty we arrived in Apolo to stay at the Monasterio Santa Ana.
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