Valley of the Moon and local zoo!

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Valley of the Moon landscape

A short way out of central La Paz is an area of bizare rock formations known as the Valley of the Moon. 

Now I don´t know if the moon really looks anything like this, but it was certainly worth seeing how the rock had been eroded into tall spines and crevices.  Besides, the setting was in a rural and peaceful landscape that contrasted wonderfully with the constant busyness of La Paz itself, and there were great views all around including looking down over the city itself.

A short distance away in a village called Mallasa was the La Paz zoo.  I can´t say I ever expected to go to a zoo in South America - why not see the animals for real in the jungle? - but it was there and it was something additional to do in a nice park setting so I paid the 25p entrance fee and had a look round.  Overall it wasn´t bad, they had a reasonable collection of decently caged animals including indigenous pumas and leopards, and less than local lions! 

Most exciting was to see some condors, the biggest flying bird in the world, as we´d failed to spot these in the wild at the Colca Canyon.  Although they hardly had the space to show off their flying prowess, it was a brief glimpse that demonstrated their size and why they have traditionally been treated with such deference in the Andean culture.

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Valley of the Moon landscape
Valley of the Moon landscape
Large spines of rock dominate the …
Large spines of rock dominate the…
The odd look of this landscape
The odd look of this landscape
A flowering cactus
A flowering cactus
A view across to central La Paz in…
A view across to central La Paz i…
A condor in the zoo, dislaying his…
A condor in the zoo, dislaying hi…
Another condor - this is what we´…
Another condor - this is what we…
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