The craziest city on earth perhaps

La Paz Travel Blog

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The huge city that is La Paz
La Paz is aroun 3,900masl and i swear some of the steep hills make it seem like you have to climb another 1,000m! The city is a hustling, bustling, crazy place with cars and people narrowly missing each other on every street while the little micro buses whizz bus with people screaming their destination from the window while the driver hoots uncontrollably.  I´m amazed their cars make it up the hill! At night the city feels more beautiful, with the lights twinkling from the bottom of the valley right to the very top.  Amazing.

After saying goodbye to the tour group we checked into Loki in La Paz.  Let me introduce you to Loki with it´s 5 lies,
1.  I´m not going out tonight
2.
Getting into the swing of things
  Ok i´m going out but i´m not staying out late
3.  Ok i´m going out but i´m only having a couple of drinks
4.  Ok I´m going out but i´m not getting smashed
5.  I love you?

That pretty much sums up my time in La Paz.  Drinking in the bar at Loki (Vodka and sprite for 1 pound 80 anyone?) and then partying into the not so wee hours of the next day.  It´s a place that never sleeps and never allows you to either.  The hotsal is filled with lovely people and looads of Israelis so i feel right at home.  It´s been lots of fun but being back in a hostal has been something of an experience.  Luke warm showers, being woken by room mates, locking everything away and padlocking it back to your bed ... all the name of a cheap night´s sleep and meeting fun people.
The weird and wonderful Valle de Lunar
  It´s all worth it and i´ve loved it!

Despite the late night partying and early mornings i have managed to see something of the place.  I took a cab journey out to the Valley of the Moon, an impossibly strange landscape about 20 mins from where we are staying created by lava flows that have eroded.  The place is very strange but more so are the descriptions of the apparent shapes in the rock, the air is certainly thinner here!  We also went to Bolivia´s answer to WWF ... Cholita´s wrestling.  It´s an interesting expeirence being in a school sports hall watching poorly executed wrestling stunts.  The locals loved it and it was hilarious for a day out.  Think Candy would be less than impressed though!

I´ve also managed to take in the city and start to make some sense of it and visit the Coca Museum.  Now coca is somewhat of a wonder leaf and has been found in the remains of mummies dating back to 2,500BC which is incredible.  Chewing the leaves here is as natural as it is to brush your teeth and coca tea is the Anadean version of Chicken soup, it´s a shame the  tea is illegal everywhere else or i´d bring loads home, i´m slightly addicted!

So it´s onwards and upwards.  I am leaving La Paz tomorrow ... maybe.  Heading for Sucre and more Bolivian adventures.


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The huge city that is La Paz
The huge city that is La Paz
Getting into the swing of things
Getting into the swing of things
The weird and wonderful Valle de L…
The weird and wonderful Valle de …
An English girl, Canadian, Israeli…
An English girl, Canadian, Israel…
We love Loki
We love Loki
On the way to Cholita´s wrestling
On the way to Cholita´s wrestling
Fight fight fight
Fight fight fight
The Naughty gilrs from room 229 …
The "Naughty" gilrs from room 229…
Dancing again with Oona, Kate and …
Dancing again with Oona, Kate and…
San Francisco Church
San Francisco Church
Sarganana in La Paz
Sarganana in La Paz
Lllama Feoteous anyone?
Lllama Feoteous anyone?
The Lunar valley
The Lunar valley
We love Loki
We love Loki
The last night in La Paz take 1
The last night in La Paz take 1
Eating in the worlds highest curry…
Eating in the worlds highest curr…
La Paz Hostels review
A great place to meet people and have fun, there is always something going on. Cheap and comfortable rooms. I was in the girl dorm 229 which also ha… read entire review
La Paz
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