Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hugs from our family - visitors to Bolivia

August and September brought us two daughters!  We took time for our very most important responsibility as mission president and spouse. OUR FAMILY.  I thought it would be fun to post a few photos for tourists in Bolivia. There are many more places in our mission but these are the ones we visited, these two months.

Toro Toro National Park 
I need to admit the drive there and back were NOT my favorite parts of the trip. It is almost a five hour drive from Cochabamba, over dirt and cobblestone roads. 

                              Once there we found dinosaur footprints from many different                              dinosaurs. (no worries, she is not stepping on them . . .)

 Caves to explore, crawling through narrow passages, sliding and sometimes rappelling down rock faces, finding the blind fish - fun exploring!

Hiking to the bottom of the canyons finding water falls and swimming holes.

SALAR DE UYUNI - Worlds largest Salt Flat

There is no place this! The largest salt flats in the world, cactus islands, volcanoes and flamingos. Taking photos is always an adventure.  Ending a perfect day with a night in a hotel made out of salt just adds to the uniqueness.

High Alti Plano

There is quite a drive to get to the Salar but that is part of the fun. (The roads are good!) This is the high altiplano of Bolivia. We love the mountain geography, beautiful farmland and llamas which make for a fascinating drive

Rain Forests and Villa Tunari

 Hiking and exploring time!Rain Forests ......
Swimming holes

And a place to stay right in the middle of it all, so we can explore. We found beautiful flowers, butterflies with transparent wings and MONKEYS. We had heard they were around, but on this occasion we sat and they came and crawled on us like toddlers. Then at an unspoken signal they simply disappeared again into the forest.  



                                           We love this varied, always interesting country!