The world's highest capital city
La Paz Travel Blog› entry 59 of 99 › view all entries
January 13th, 2009 – by: jthreasher
Sucre was very beautiful, the whole centre is full of whitewashed colonial buildings and churches and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There's not a great amount to see beyond the centre, but it was a very calm place to spend a few days and recover from the altitude of Potosi.
La Paz is very different from the other capitals I have visited in South America. It's quite chaotic, traffic gridlocked most of the time, and there many assaults on the senses. Yesterday I walked round the Witches Market, with fox paws and llama foetuses on sale along with the usual jumpers, hats and gloves and touristy stuff. Later in the afternoon, I went into San Pedro prison for the infamous tour. The prison was built as a hollow shell initially as the bolivian government didn't want to give the prisoners any comforts, but they came to an agreement and the prisoners started to build neighbourhoods within. They have to pay rent on the accomodation that they can afford within the prison, with the narco-traffickers section being apparently the richest neighbourhood.
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