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La Morenada   Leave a comment

Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana-12-72.jpgBasilica of Our Lady of Copacabana

When we arrived in Copacabana near the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
we could hear a brass band playing in the Basilica’s plaza.
Clearly, on this sunny Saturday morning, a ceremony of some sort was taking place.

BoliviaOnce we were inside the plaza there were women and men of all ages
in very colorful customs dancing to the music.

Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana-9-72.jpgThe dance is a traditional dance in Bolivia called La Morenada.
Anthropologists say the dance is a satire, inspired by the suffering of black slaves
who were brought to Bolivia to work in the Andean silver mines. 

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La Morenada is easily recognizable in a procession because it has various characteristics:

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There are many rattles and drums, groups of women are dressed
in polleras (multilayered skirts) with bowler hats,
while men wear costumes that supposedly represent barrels
and wear silver or black masks (Morenada means ‘black’).

The origin of La Morenada stems from Lake Titicaca,
based on 200/300-year-old cave paintings found there, depicting these dances.

Video and Images by kenne

 

On The Road To Copacabana, Bolivia   Leave a comment

BoliviaCut Flowers, Tquina, Bolivia — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”

— Claude Monet

La Paz Market Street   Leave a comment

BoliviaLa Paz Market Street — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Bodies pass through the world exchanging gifts
inscribing one another like a mutual tattoo
forcing them to see each other in mirrors and
be known in the sights of beasts and birds

. . . bodies are the center of remorse.

— Juan Carlos Orihuela (La Paz)

Lower Lake Titicaca   Leave a comment

BoliviaWe continue on HWY #2 out of El Alto passing through Batalla.Road To Lake Titicaca-3-72.jpgSoon we begin to see parts of Lower Lake Titicaca.Lower Lake TiticacaLower Lake Titicaca. The lake is bordered by both Bolivia and Peru,
and from where we stood we could see Puno in Peru. BoliviaLower Lake Titicaca
BoliviaMichael shares some history and geography of Titicaca.BoliviaWe are standing at approximately 13,000 above sea level
where the high temperature
for this time of year is about 60 degrees.
Our next stop will be Tiquina where we will take a boat
across to the peninsula that Copacabana is on.
— Images by kenne

 

 

Back In La Paz   1 comment

La Casona Hotel-5-72.jpgLa Casona Hotel

Downtown La Paz-72.jpgDowntown La Paz

La Casona Hotel-3-72.jpgDowntown La Paz

BoliviaDowntown La Paz — Images by kenne

Back In La Paz

An early morning
Streets still damp from a shower
In downtown La Paz.

Our stay will be short
Quick trip to Titicaca
Before flying home.

— kenne

 

El Alto, Bolivia   Leave a comment

El Alto-2-72.jpgOur last full day in Bolivia would be going to Lake Titicaca,
so early on August 24th, we met Michael Maldonado, our Lake Titicaca guide.
The most direct route takes us through El Alto, on the Altiplano highlands.
El Alto is today one of Bolivia’s fastest-growing urban centers,
with a population of over 1,000,000.  Driving through the city, construction is everywhere.

El Alto.jpgMichael Maldonado On His Phone.

BoliviaCommon to the architecture, the first floor is designed for commercial use.

BoliviaMost of the buildings in El Alto did not exist a decade ago,
so they are not only new but reflect a modern Bolivian style.

BoliviaImages by kenne (Click Here To See More Photos.)

 

 

Heading Down River To Rurrenabaque   Leave a comment

BoliviaTraveling down the Beni River with a few jungle stops before returning to Rurrenabaque.

Video by kenne

Last Day On The River-21-72.jpgThe bridge at Rurrenabaque, Bolivia — Images by kenne
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