Thursday, 29 December 2011

La Paz


Traffic chaos is the first impression of La Paz as you enter the city from the altiplano & descend into the ‘bowl’ where the city sits at a height of 3,650m making it the highest de-facto capital in the world (the official capital of Bolivia being Sucre).

This City of around 2 million people (including El Alto) has thousands of ‘collectivos’ (mini-van buses) that clog up every junction as they shout out their destinations making any journey into town a challenge along with the fact that every street is lined with market stalls & traders covering the pavement.

Our Hotel is near the Witches Market where Llama foetuses and dried frogs for Aymara rituals are sold, as well as soapstone figurines and aphrodisiac formulas, nothing we need!! but an interesting attraction.

Old Dodge & Chevy Buses in use throughout the City, anyone know the vintage of these?

Dave & Roger outside the famous San Pedro prison, you can organise an unofficial tour inside but we declined settling for a chat with an inmate from the US who was on pre-release after 14 years. 
If you want to know more about how this prison operates (it's unusual) there is a book called Marching Powder by Rusty Young which is also soon to be released as a film.

Who says that India is a nation of shopkeepers?

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