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Stephen Taranto

I am an ecologist and I ended up in La Paz in 2003 after marrying a fellow ecologist from Bolivia who I met at university. I chose to start La Paz on Foot because I believe that experiential adventure travel can be a positive tool for improving people's lives and protecting natural and cultural resources. That is why I practice responsible tourism in all the amazing places we'll visit together!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in the city and valley of La Paz, Bolivia however now provide travel programs in support throughout the country, including Lake Titicaca and the Island of the Sun, the Uyuni Salt Flats, Madidi National Park, Sucre & Potosi and beyond to Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, Machu Picchu in the north and Salta, San Pedro de Atacama and the Chilean coast to the south. I am passionate about organizing experiences that put travelers into close, respectful contact with local communities and landscapes and facilitating immersion in national parks and other protected areas."

How did you get involved in travel?

"The Andes are an ecologist's "dream come true", with the range's many ecosystems and cultural groups. When I moved to Bolivia in 2003, I decided that I wanted to dedicate myself to educating others about the wonders of this fascinating part of the world. I started out with an "Urban Trek" of La Paz and since then have expanded to work through Bolivia and in southern PerĂº, northern Chile and northwest Argentina. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In 2010, I traveled with a group of Bolivian high school seniors to the coast of PerĂº, near the town of Ilo. The students had never seen the ocean before and, as Bolivia does not have it's own coastline, held special significance for them. The experience of traveling with them from La Paz, through migration, on to the coast and then joining them as they took their first swim was unforgettable."

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Isla del Sol, Bolivia
Explore the Farms and Markets of Bolivia's Andes - 12 Days

Welcome to the Central Andes! On this 12-day adventure, you'll get to know the rich farming history of Bolivia's highlands as you visit lively markets, speak with local farmers and their families, and enjoy the traditional flavors and foods of the region. Dividing your time between the countryside and the city, you'll discover La Paz and Lake Titicaca, the Uyuni Salt Flats, and eastern farming valleys on this best-of-Bolivia trip.

Recent trip reviews for Stephen

Bolivia, Bolivia - Oct 11 - Oct 22, 2018

Traveler: Mary A. - Local specialist: Stephen Taranto

I can't say enough good things about our experiences in Bolivia with kimkim. Our guides were all very knowledgeable. Guida was especially good in explaining the history of indigenous people of the AltoPlano. Each one was personable and experienced. Xemina showed us the wonders of the cable cars system and let us experience LaPaz in the air and on foot. Teresa did a fabulous job interacting with the ladies of C.O.M.C.A. collective. That experience was especially meaningful, as my son... read more

I can't say enough good things about our experiences in Bolivia with kimkim. Our guides were all very knowledgeable. Guida was especially good in explaining the history of indigenous people of the AltoPlano. Each one was personable and experienced. Xemina showed us the wonders of the cable cars system and let us experience LaPaz in the air and on foot. Teresa did a fabulous job interacting with the ladies of C.O.M.C.A. collective. That experience was especially meaningful, as my son Warren is a weaver, too. We enjoyed the ladies of the collective and the work they are preserving. Elias in Uyuni was very experienced in maneuvering in the Salar. Although he didn't speak English, we managed to get a lot our of our tour with him. He provided us with a delicious meal in the most remote place in the world. How he navigated the salar is still a mystery to me. The Palacio de Sal was a beautiful hotel. Juan the driver was a professional. I can't imagine navigating the streets of LaPaz on my own. The help you provided on the last day was most appreciated. You were so prompt and flexible in meeting our sudden changes. Thank you for the unforgettable days we spent in Bolivia. Mary and Warren Aldrich