BOL-100711 – San Rafael – World Cup final was that boring.
BOL-100711 – San Rafael – But the Jesuit churches were marvelous.
BOL-100711 – San Rafael – Pray the lord my soul to take.
BOL-100711 – San Rafael – …and music filled the air.
BOL-100711 – San Miguel – Baroque style.
BOL-100711 – San Ignacio – Sunday night mass
BOL-100712 – San Ignacio – The day after.
BOL-100712 – San Ignacio – The beams are held like lego.
BOL-100714 – Park Noel Kemph – Crossing the river on raft.
BOL-100714 – Park Noel Kemph – Pushing as far as we can in the car.
BOL-100714 – Park Noel Kemph – End of the line… now the real stuff starts.
BOL-100714 – Park Noel Kemph – Night reading.
BOL-100715 – Lion King throne.
BOL-100715 – Welcome to la Mezeta.
BOL-100715 – These parrots always live in pair, with the same partner for life.
BOL-100715 – Imagine when one of them is caught to become a house pet, the sufferance will be laid down on both animals.
BOL-100715 – In bloom
BOL-100714 – The closest we got to see a jaguar.
BOL-100715 – Armadillo’s destruction. This was a termite nest. The armadillo will dig and pulverize the nest while feasting on the termites.
BOL-100715 – After the narco-traffickers shot and killed prof. Noel Kemph, the army stepped in and cleaned up the region. Evidence of the attacks can still be seen in la Meseta where a plane, jeep, motorcycle, campsite,.. lies destroyed after the army onslaught.
BOL-100715 – At a small oasis, we took the opportunity to bath and have fun.
BOL-100715 – Come on, jump in and join us.
BOL-100715 – Diego
BOL-100715 – Our campsite.
BOL-100715 – Contre jours.
BOL-100715 – Ant nests.
BOL-100715 – Domination.
BOL-100716 – Candido, our very knowledgeable guide.
BOL-100716 – Where’s my machete?
BOL-100716 – Famous Mara tree. Its wood is so precious; helicopters used to be used to fly above the forest in search of these trees… then a team on the ground will open a road to cut and retrieve them.
BOL-100716 – Just hatched.
BOL-100716 – El Encanto waterfall – The water falling was dancing with the wind. We walked for 8 hours to reach this wonderful site, at the end of a valley surrounded by ~100m high cliffs. Our return trip to the camp was another 2 hours but in complete darkness (we had our headlamps of course), an exhilarating experience.
BOL-100716 – Leaf cutter ants or “Sepe”. It was an exhilarating sight to finally see these famous ants at work. Their path was zigzagging through the forest, ~30cm wide, transporting leaves into their nest. These leaves are not the ant’s food, rather when stored inside the nest the leaves will rot and the ants will feed on the fungus.
BOL-100717 – Park Noel Kemph – Thick jungle trek.
BOL-100717 – Evolved to be able to live in marshes.
BOL-100717 – ADT security.
BOL-100717 – La Mezeta seen from afar.
BOL-100717 – Poisonous, 5cm long black ant.
BOL-100717 – Coming soon to a Steven Spielberg movie near you.
BOL-100717 – Rule number one while hiking in the jungle. Do not touch anything!
BOL-100718 – Rubber tree. Incision from the old days can still be seen.
BOL-100718 – Giant ant nest.
BOL-100718 – Indian cows? The hump is a delicacy.
BOL-100718 – Termite infestation (the mounds are their nests). Quick, call the armadillos.
BOL-100718 – Our fuel filter failed and “Papio” made this kludge fix with diesel being fed directly to the engine.
BOL-100719 – San Miguel – Jesus suffering tools.
BOL-100719 – San Miguel – Archangel.
BOL-100719 – San Miguel – The Jesuits modified their emblem to surrounded by the sun thus make a better connection between Christianity and the Chiquitanos worship of the sun.
BOL-100719 – San Rafael –Window to a new world.
BOL-100719 – Santa Ana – Everyone needs support from his angels.
BOL-100719 – San Miguel – Have faith.
BOL-100719 – Santa Ana – Santa Ana church was decorated by the local people after the Jesuits were expelled from South America. It’s the least grandiose and still waiting to be restored. Yet for me, it had the most charm and authenticity out of all the Jesuit churches… it was simply beautiful.
BOL-100719 – Santa Ana – This harp is original (and restored) from the Jesuit times. A kid’s hands still gets to play it during major events.
BOL-100719 – Santa Ana – This is the local Bolivian Cedar tree. It even bears a fruit of some sort. The wood of the cedar tree was predominantly used to make the sculptures and other decorations of the churches as well as the musical instruments. Still, I couldn’t help it but to feel sad for it. It’s not worthy of the Cedar name… nothing to resemble our majestic & proud Cedar tree.
BOL-100719 – San Ignacio – My new Slovenian friends with whom I went to the park. Tania and her sister, me, Neja (Ines :), Manca, Mate & Blash.
BOL-100719 – San Ignacio – Our trip organizer, drivers and do it all men (left to right): Carlos, Gwendolyn, me & Papio (Edouardo).
BOL-100719 – Goodnight San Ignacio
BOL-100721 – Concepcion – Eerie night mass.
BOL-100721 – Concepcion – Bell tower.
BOL-100721 – Concepcion – Typical Jesuit church columns.
BOL-100722 – Concepcion – Restoration of Conception’s church was excessively exaggerated, i.e. they over did it: From the frescos to the paintings, these guys went overboard to make a “wow” effect… but the result looks more like a child book rather than anything else. They did a “new, 20th century version” of the 14 stations of the Way of The Cross. Here, a police officer with a gun and a whip replaces the Romans and in the bottom left corner, kids laughing & teasing Jesus. The other 13 paintings are as cartoonish as this one.
BOL-100722 – Concepcion –This painting give me the sense it evokes PachaMama, taking the shape of a mountain, its face as a sun, protecting it’s children and the sky colored in the Inca colors. Yet the current Chiquitano people do not believe in PachaMama.