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Llama embryos in the Witches Market
Since Potosi I went north to Sucre and then La Paz.

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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Llama embryos in the Witches Market
Llama embryos in the Witches Market
Inside San Pedro prison.
Inside San Pedro prison.
Outside San Pedro prison and rathe…
Outside San Pedro prison and rath…
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