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Sunday Snapshot: Driving Through Rural Bolivia

The road from Rurrenabaque to reach the Bolivian Amazon was full of surprises. Our vehicle bounced through muddy trenches and followed a winding dirt road lined by wild vegetation on each side. We drove within meters of fierce looking Caiman, stared out our dusty windows in awe as huge hawks and an assortment of other exotic birds flew by, and pulled over to marvel at sloths making themselves comfortable in the treetops.

But by far the most memorable part of our 3 hour journey was when we came head on with a herd full of cows. Until this point, this hilarious scene was only something I had witnessed in film, however in rural Bolivia, it’s a daily occurrence! As our car came to a complete stop the herd parted down the middle. We quickly reached to pull in our rearview mirrors as the herd stomped by, close enough to reach out and touch.

By far, the most interesting traffic jam I’ve found myself in to date.

Traffic jam in rural Bolivia. This traffic is bull s*&t!

Traffic jam in rural Bolivia. This traffic is bull s*&t!


 About Megan Claire

Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure!  Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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  1. Whoa! That’s a huge lot of skinny cows there… Yes, an interesting traffic jam…

    • Yep – don’t think they have the same ranching standards in Bolivia – they’re definitely not dairy cows that’s for sure!!

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