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Five friends and I took a two week motorcycle trip through Bolivia in November 2008. We had three Kawasaki KLR 650's and a Toyota Land Cruiser as a follow vehicle to carry tools and camping gear. Everyone took turns on the motorcycles. Even though I was designated official photographer on the trip, I actually spent so much time on a motorcycle that I didn't focus too much on photography. I found the best photographic moments while we are camping on the altiplano. The sky began to lighten at 4:30am, so I had to get up in the wee hours of the cold mornings to get a number of these pictures. It was well below freezing in the morning hours. We even rode the motorcycles to 17,500 ft on the Ollague volcano. The basic route we took was Santa Cruz-Samaipata-Postrevalle-Valle Grande-Tarabuco-Sucre-Potosi-Uyuni-Parque Alvaro Eduardo-Uyuni-Oruro-La Paz-Copacabana-Achacachi-Sorata-Tacacoma-Quillabaya-Consata-Mapiri-Guanay-Caranavi-Coroico-La Paz. We intended to go back to Santa Cruz via Cochabamba, but we burned up the motors on all three motorcycles. We ended up sending them back to Santa Cruz in a truck (thus the last picture). Apparently, dust got into the motors through the air filters and ruined the pistons and rings.
I ended up taking over 1200 images on the trip. This gallery presents the best of them in chronological order. I will try to add comments about where each one was taken. In the interest of full disclosure, I have added in a few pictures from previous trips to these areas earlier in the year. Bolivia and its people are so beautiful, it seems that matter how much time I dedicate to photography, I regret not stopping for more images along the way. Whenever I am back home editing pictures, all I can think about is getting back out on the road and doing it better the next time. Let me know if you enjoy the images. Danny