La Paz

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The witches market, complete with beautiful llama foetuses (top left)!

La Paz is a really great city, which helps to explain why I stayed so many nights there in total. 

Mostly it is the buzz of the markets in the centre that help to create a wonderful atmosphere, where locals buy all manner of goods and food and tourists are able to browse and purchase excellent-value artesania (jewelley, fabrics, scarves, flags and just general tat!).  The colours of the goods are amazing, only bettered by the great feeling you get from picking up a bargain.

And there are also a number of stalls which make up the ´witches market´ selling all sorts of charms that are used by locals, in particular weavers looking to gain good luck for their forthcoming tapestries.  The most interesting and gruesome thing to be seen are the array of llama foetuses (see photo) which are surprisingly large and developed, and which I´d have bought as a gift for someone if I´d ahve thought you could get it back into the country!

La Paz also has some pretty wealthy areas, which I was able to visit briefly courtesy of the flat with Lyn and Ady were staying in (Lyn´s cousin´s) which was a very plush 19th floor affair in a modern towerblock overlooking a charming square.

A view inside La Paz´s excellent Modern Art Museum, including excellent Christ on the cross sculpture in the background
  It´s always interesting to see how the well-off live!!

Apart from the markets, the best thing I saw in La Paz was the Modern Art Museum.  Apart from the great Guyasamin museums in Quito, this was the first truly great modern art museum I´d come across in S America.  Firstly, it actually had some art in (unlike the one in Cusco) and secondly it had lights which were working so you could see it (unlike Arequipa!).  There was a good variety of work by 20th century S American artists, paintings and sculptures, and as with everything in Bolivia it was a bargain to get into (approx 60p!) so I ended up spending more in the museum´s shop.  Highly recommened for those heading to La Paz anytime soon!

La Paz was also where we said goodbye to the Kumuka group I´d been touring with for the past 3 weeks.

Most of the Kumuka group at our final meal
  Some were continuing with the tour to Santiago, some going there own ways, and even a couple who had to be kicked off for their continuing arguments!  Almost everyone had got along really well, and where people hadn´t at least it had created a bit of gossip, so we were sad to say goodbye at our final meal.

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The witches market, complete with …
The witches market, complete with…
A view inside La Paz´s excellent …
A view inside La Paz´s excellent…
Most of the Kumuka group at our fi…
Most of the Kumuka group at our f…
A view of La Paz´s less wealthy h…
A view of La Paz´s less wealthy …
Colourful array of charms availabl…
Colourful array of charms availab…
How a wedding vehicle should be de…
How a wedding vehicle should be d…
Colourfully dressed women, having …
Colourfully dressed women, having…
Colourful modern Bolivian art
Colourful modern Bolivian art
The work of a really great artist …
The work of a really great artist…
Lyn, trying on hats in the Bolivia…
Lyn, trying on hats in the Bolivi…
A view over the posh part of La Pa…
A view over the posh part of La P…
La Paz
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