Where did you go?
La Paz – Bolivia.
Were there any language barriers?
National language is Spanish, but everyone is so friendly and helpful and tries hard to speak a little English. Learn to ask for the baños (toilets).
What tourist attractions did you visit?
Death Road – This is a long bus ride or cycle, depending on how you want to tackle it. There are toilets at the start and finish of the road, that are basic, but perfectly useable.
Did your IBD cause you any issues on this trip?
No. Food is easy, toilets are easy, people were happy to point me in the right direction.
Can you recommend how many days/weeks is a good time to visit this location?
One week is enough to do all the big stuff – the salt flats, witches markets, San Pedro prison, Death Road, Moon Valley.
Can you tell us what the food and cuisine is like?
Plenty of rice, vegetables and plain food available. You can be as adventurous or as unadventurous as you like in Bolivia. In the main strip, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes, and as you get away from there, more local eats pop up.
Some were a little unpleasant, but when you gotta go, that doesn’t matter so much. The majority were fine and they usually charge one boliviano (about 20c) to use them. In South America, you don’t flush the toilet paper – you put it in the bin beside the toilet. This was my biggest struggle.
On a scale of 1-5 how much does your IBD affect you?
(1 being in remission and 5 being in a flare)
On a scale of 1-5, how difficult was it to manage your IBD while on this trip?
(1 being no issues and 5 being very difficult to manage)
Were there any activities which challenged your IBD management?
Only Death Road – not having toilets between the start and the finish.
Would you recommend this place for people who have IBD?
YES! It’s an amazing place like no other and if you have IBD, it can be managed here.
IBD is not really a recognised disease and as such, there is not a lot of support info for this part of the world. However, if you run up to any of the bathrooms yelling “baños!” you will be allowed in as a matter of urgency. I did no research before I got there and I was fine.