What you should bring to Bolivia

1. Coffee – no kidding – they grow it but all the processing is done somewhere else.

I have Seen people from Israel bringing Coffee from Israel probably reimporting it. How sad.

They sell a lot of Nestlé Instant Coffee Crap.

2. Olive Oil – its very expensive Or unknown.

Its also Good for the skin in the dry Mountain-Western Areas of Bolivia.

3. A smal pan to try some bananas.
What they think is butter is actually margerine but looks like butter.

Berlin Hostel Sucre sucks! – go to 7 Patas!

What is all the Ambiente if the shower is cold? (In the Munich Room no one took a shower for the last 4 days because of that. And the Airflow in that room is very Bad…. Bad Air… Mold-Fungi… Bad sleep)

Also you have Fungi in the shower which is a health-risk.

They gonna charge you extra 7B if you want scrambled eggs for breakfast.

The Wifi breaks down as soon as 5 people connect…

Guys i have Seen Better for less.

One day is enough… I am glad i did not book for more.

I wasnt me if i was not providing you a good alternative:

Which is just 5 Blocks away from Berlin Hostel and called 7 Patas.

It is here:

Night is 45B in a 6 Bed Dorm without breakfast but they have a kitche. 🙂

Fried Bananas! Yeah!


There is also a nice vegetarian restaurant where you get lunch with a drink and desert for 20B


How Uruguay fooled the IMF

 In 2001–02, Argentine citizens made massive withdrawals of dollars deposited in Uruguayan banks after bank deposits in Argentina were frozen, which led to a plunge in the Uruguayan peso, a banking crisis, and a sharp economic contraction. Real GDP fell in four years by nearly 20%, with 2002 the worst year. The unemployment rate rose, inflation surged, and the burden of external debt doubled. Financial assistance from the IMF helped stem the damage.

Uruguay restructured its external debt in 2003 without asking creditors to accept a reduction on the principal.

Economic growth for Uruguay resumed, and averaged 8% annually during the period 2004-08. The 2008-09 global financial crisis put a brake on Uruguay’s vigorous growth, which decelerated to 2.9% in 2009. Nevertheless, the country managed to avoid a recession and keep positive growth rates, mainly through higher public expenditure and investment, and GDP growth exceeded 7% in 2010.


Reisebericht Travelreport 3 Tage Days Jeep Tour Salar de Uyuni

Right away: Uyuni is a very touristic place.

Its all about money-from-tourists.

There is no other income for the natives there.

Hotel Avenida has loads of space.


the jeep tour is rough… It is 700-900B + entrance fees for Cactus-Island (30B, optiobal) and national park (conpulsory 150B).

You will sleep to nights in the desert (on houses… Second night could be a little cold) have to stand up 5.00 and 4:30.

The Jeep will take you to the border of Chile if you wanna go there.

Don’t fall into the Geysirs ‘:-p

Also: bring warm cloth (winter jacket) unless you do not want to walk around at night. (5°C + Wind). IMG_5201


In the beginning the salt is a little gray-ish.

It is also at the entrance point where they have a Lithium-extraction plant (that we missed)



The salt is perfectly eatable (where there is no human-dog contamination)

Put some in a plastic bag 🙂






It is REALLY a desert… At 4000m altitude.

Safety first!

Thats why the jeeps travel in packs.

If one breaks down the other usually help.


There are crazy french people going by bike (10days to cross to Chile i have heared)




At the Border to Chile: IMG_5664





Salar Uyuni Lithium

Der Salzsee von Uyuni beherbergt eines der weltweit größten Lithiumvorkommen.[4] LautU.S. Geological Survey wird das Vorkommen an Lithium auf etwa 5,4 Millionen Tonnen geschätzt.[5] Da Lithium-Ionen-Akkumulatoren– aufgrund ihrer Energiedichte, hohen Zellspannung und einer geringen Selbstentladung – in vielen elektronischen und elektrischen Geräten zum Einsatz kommen, ist das Element Lithium inzwischen ein wertvoller Rohstoff für die Automobilindustrie mit hohem Wachstumspotential.

Boliviens Präsident Evo Morales gab bereits 2007 das Projekt einer Pilotfabrik zur Lithium-Gewinnung aus dem Salar de Uyuni in Auftrag. Mit Dekret vom 1. April 2008 wurde der Industrialisierung der Ressourcen des Salars nationale Priorität eingeräumt und die staatliche Bergbaugesellschaft COMIBOLbekam eine zusätzliche Abteilung für die Ausbeutung des Salzsees, mit einem Budget von 5,7 Millionen US-Dollar. Der Bau der Pilotfabrik in Llipi Loma im Kanton Río Grandebegann im Mai 2008. Das Pilotprojekt umfasst auch die Entwicklung von Technologien zur Gewinnung vonLithiumcarbonat, da die Witterungsumstände und die Beschaffenheit der Salzlake des Salars bisherige Methoden nicht begünstigen.

Das deutsche Unternehmen K-Utec erhielt am 15. August 2015 im Beisein von Präsident Evo Morales einen 4,5 Millionen Euro Auftrag für die Planung einer großen Förderanlage, die pro Jahr 30.000 Tonnen Lithium-Karbonat für Elektroautobatterien liefern soll. Die bolivianische Regierung will mindestens 600 Millionen Dollar in Uyuni investieren.[6]

Die aus dem See gewonnene Sole hat ein Gewicht von 1,2 kg/l und enthält neben anderen Stoffen zu größeren Anteilen Kalium,Magnesium und das begehrte Lithium. In großen, künstlich angelegten Becken wird das Wasser von der Sonneneinstrahlung verdunstet, so dass am Ende dieses Prozesses eine Flüssigkeit mit einem Lithium-Anteil von 5 % gewonnen wird. Das Lithium muss in einem anschließenden Prozess aufwendig vom Magnesium getrennt werden, was in Bolivien aktuell dazu führt, dass lediglich ein Reinheitsgrad von 96 % erreicht wird; für die Produktion von Lithium-Ionen-Akkus ist jedoch eine 99,5-prozentige Reinheit erforderlich. Zudem erschwert in den Sommermonaten auftretender Regen die Bedingungen zusätzlich, da in dieser Zeit keine natürliche Verdunstung stattfindet. Aufgrund dieser Faktoren ist die Lithium-Produktion in Bolivien deutlich teurer als bspw. am Salar de Atacama in Chile, wo es nur sehr selten regnet und der Magnesium-Anteil in der Sole deutlich geringer ist.[7]

Hostel Oruro & Uyuni

Generally: the Lonely Planet books (there are a billion versions on southamerica) have good hospitation recommemdation.

This one is for Oruro untested… Google maos said something like 8USD.



For Uyuni i phoned this guy twice “we have space”…. Our bus broke down in the middle of the journey.

I do not know WHY Buses from Oruro to Uyuni ONLY leave at 20:00 to break down at night.


Its generally better to break down at daytime.


Then we knocked on the door of:


Go here:



The prices are reasonable esp. If you share a 3 bed room its 40B per person, but without breakfast:


Bolivia & CocaCola

Maybe you have heared CocaCola was banned in Bolivia…. That is a marketing-joke.

This is straight from the mouth if an university guy.

The year Evo (Un?)Morales announced that CocaCola will be banned… Is also the years where some people predicted the End of the world would come.

You can buy CocaCola EVERYWHERE in Bolivia… They might have not the CocaCola-Supermarkets as they have in Paraguay but the CocaCola signs are EVERYWHERE.

Bolivia Cochabamba 2

Their Favoriten word is “listo” which means “clever” (schlau).

Its a very hectic Metropole with an absolutely beautiful Mountain setting.

The people are usually nice and friendly but you can See how Bolivia is doing exactly the same kind of capitalistic-pursuit of non-sustainable short-lived Happyness as did Germany in 1970s.

People are working 40h per month for 300€/$ while it is normal to have 3-4-5-6 kids.

They are so busy they won’t have time to steal your wallet.

They gonna steal your wallet in Athens(Greece) and Lissabon(Portugal) because there the dept-sponsored bullshit capitalism has collapsed and the banks, IWF, EZB (Troika) are working hard to privatize (steal) everything and actually overthrow the left-wing government without people realizing.

“Democracy destroys a free market”.

Yeah well i guess you should not take people’s liberty away to buy and sell grandmums.
(This is a joke… But on the other Hand this is what “free-market” means)

Bolivia Cochabamba

… Surrounded by Mountains and lovely people…. And a lot of 3000m-sun 🙂

Your luggage costs extra in the local busses! (2B+2B)

As every other City in now capitalistic (it is all about the money honey) Bolivia it is very hectic and alive.

The pictures taken are from Quilacollo a suburb West of the City Center, which you can easily reach with one of the mini-buses just look out for their signs on the windshield “Quilacollo”.

They stop wherever you want on their route.

Cochabamba Mountains

Food is okay… I guess i was in the wrong restaurants (once on the street on plastic chairs super cheap… Two people one beer 60B)

As a vegetarian you will have a little hard time… I recommend: get a hostel with kitchen and go market-shopping 🙂

A big Papaya for 8B should be possible.









They have a Statue of Jesus just like Rio.


Most Bananas are imported by trucks from the more tropical east Bolivia but you can grow Sweet-Banana and Lemon Trees near Cochabamba in an 3000m Altitude!!! Amazing!

Also fig-trees, vine whatever you can think of….

You have to waterit.


Absolutel amazing garnments… They carry their babies around with this cloth on the back.

No special push-cars. I guess beeing closer to mama is Better.


I have heared they have 200 kinds of Choclo = Sweet Maiz (there is Maiz for Animals like Chicken and Maiz for Humans (bigger corns))

You think about volunteering in Bolivia?

There is one Dutch Woman in Quilacollo beeing recommended to me.

A little capitalistic (they gonna charge you money and you will have to work for free?) but good core(i hope)?


Other Guys:

Bolivien Samaipata Hostel Aventureros

This hostel is run by a german capitalist… But he is a nice guy and 40B with breakfast is ok.

If you want a more alternative and hippy like place that alao allows camping check out the el jardin hostel.


GPS Position hostel aventureros samaipata bolivia

GPS Position hostel aventureros samaipata bolivia





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