Bolovia Lowlands by Michael McNamara
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Whilst floating down the Yacuma River in the Amazon Basin, we were the subject of curiosity by a huge number of mainly water based wildlife. Crocs and Caimans lived in co-existence with many bird and mammal species. They all looked well fed!
We were presented with incredible cloud formations threatening storms
La Paz runs through several valleys and spills onto the surrounding high plateau known as El Alto.La Paz varies in altitude from 3300m to over 4000m above Sea level
On our journey down the Beni River (a tributary of the Amazon River) we saw many such boats mainly transporting bananas.These boats were made out of tree slabs and many seemed to leak as passengers could be seen constantly bailing water.
We were treated to lunch and a dance exhibition at a village on the Beni River. Lunch was mainly steamed fish in Banana leaves and also steamed in bamboo tubes which were then split to serve. This was quite sweet.
We spent some considerable time just inching along the Yacuma River. This was a narrow river in the heart of the Bolivian section of the Amazon Basin.The bird life, as well as many other animals was prolific and diverse.
One of my favorite shots although it was hard to choose from so many.
This was part of a family group of about 30 in one group on the river bank. These are the largest of the rodent family with mature ones the size of a large pig.
Like all monkeys, they were very active and quite cheeky. They certainly knew where to rubbish was disposed of around the villages.
Crocs were everywhere on the Beni River, which being quite narrow, meant that we were quite up close and personal. Our boat guide mentioned that he had not yet seen one try to jump into a boat....
Turtles would often be seen basking in the sun. They didn't mind stacking up to fit as many as possible on the available log!
The produce market in the old capital of Sucre was a festival of goods and colour, although not many of the staff were keen to be photographed.
At the large silver mine at Potosi, this girl was seen wandering around, seeming to befriend any stranger (tourist?) also wandering around
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