Looking down on the city from the top of the valley
Lunchtime bus to La Paz and arrived into the capital city of Bolivia! Amazing view as La Paz sits in a valley surrounded by the mountains. Every available space was built on and everywhere was very busy!
We decided this time to find a hostel when we arrived rather than book before we went…. We don’t recommend arriving at 6pm in the capital city and expecting to find a hostel! We were turned away from all but the most expensive….until we came across what turned out to be a very nice family run hostel with the most adorable little boy who has turned out to be our youngest fan yet!
We set out that night to explore and ended up booking a day mountain biking down the most dangerous road in the world all by 8.
30pm from le cumbre, 4700m to coroico, 1200m (www.xtremedownhill.com). We found out on the way down that about 50 people die per month but this has been changed recently as now you can go one way in the morning and the other in the afternoon although we saw most trucks ignore it (or maybe it has improved • but not enough) Imagine a road just about wide enough for a truck curving down a mountain with a cliff edge on one side and then imagine what happens when a truck comes from the other direction! (See pic)
The death road
The road is extremely bumpy and dusty so at the bottom we were thrilled to have survived, muddy and had very sore bums and arms! The whole thing took about 4 ½ hours but to get home again we had to go back up the road (Hair-raising!)
The next day we spent hobbling around and wandering around La Paz looking at the markets and the witches market • you can even buy llama fetuses • only 15 Bolivianos (approx 1 pound) needless to say we didn’t!
La Paz is a very crazy city and very interesting but we were pleased to be leaving on our first night bus to Sucre (Bolivia´s 2nd capital??? Confused!)