Last night I watched Bolivia’s episode of a BBC2 TV series featuring the world’s most dangerous roads.
I was not too sure what to expect after the BBC car show Top Gear did a typically brash version a few years ago, which offended many Bolivians in the UK.
But I think this show did Bolivia justice in so many ways without glossing over some of the problems in what is still a very poor country. It was clear that a good amount of research had gone into it yet it still packed a good mix of fun and adventure in.
My favourite moments of the programme were:
- A moving interview with the volunteer rescue team about their work dealing with car accidents along Bolivia’s ‘death road’.
- The view of the clouds rising up from the forest as the presenters’ car ascended steeply towards the mountains.
- Highlighting a unique and successful approach to road safety in La Paz, where crossing guards are dressed in zebra costumes.
- The presenters’ clear awe at approaching and driving over the vast salt flats.
- A glimpse of true Bolivian hospitality when a family of llama farmers performed camp-side singalong for their guests.
- The brightest blue blue skies and sunshine, just as I remember.
I would urge UK viewers not to miss the show, it is available online on iplayer for another 7 days. Please feel free to send me your comments.
World's Most Dangerous Roads - Series 3, Bolivia.
13-day Bolivian Odyssey
Uyuni Salt Flats Safari