Category Archives: Bolivia

A Present in the Desert

I didn’t know Sarah Marquis before I went off to hike the deserts of Bolivia, Chile and Argentina – shame on me, I should have come across her book “Deserts d’Altitude” and the other amazing desert hikes she already did during my research and preparation for the trip. Most probably this was caused by the fact that the book is only available in French and honestly my French is a little bit rusty. Sidetracked has a great interview with her in English here.

Below I want to tell you the story about the present I received in the desert – the book “Deserts d’Altitude” – given to me by a stranger I met on a dirt road close to the border of Bolivia / Chile. Since I don’t get presents quite often while walking in the desert, I thought this is worth a posting.

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An Extensive Planning Guide for Desert Hikes – Part 1


After returning from the desert in South America, I received the same question from several people : “How do you plan and prepare yourself for such a trip?”. In this 2-post series I intend to provide some answers to this question.

  • Part #1 Planning @ Home considers the planning and preparation tasks I executed before I went on the desert hike. I will primarily discuss the different tools that are available – mostly web based.
  • Part #2 Navigation @ Tour focuses on some technical aspects in order to use the outcome of Part #1 during the trip.

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Thru-Hiking the High Desert of South Bolivia


In July/August 2016 I crossed the Altiplano / Puna region along the Ruta de las Joyas Altoandinas between the Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia) and San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) by foot and solo over a distance of approx. 600 Km.
This is a very popular 4×4 vehicle trip nowadays amongst South America backpackers since it follows dusty routes through the beautiful national park “Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa” along amazing remote lagoons where visitors can view the earth basically living. I brought a hiking trailer with me in order to carry most of the equipment and water/food supplies.

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