La Paz Travel Blog› entry 44 of 58 › view all entries
La Paz is the world's highest capital city at 3660m above sea level, and one of the noisiest, with lots of beeping of horns and shouting of destinations out of micro buses. It is built in a 5km wide canyon, resulting in a city of steep hills, which along with the altitude makes for a frequently light headed experience. This also makes for some great views.
We arrived in La Paz expecting to be immediately kidnapped or deprived of our belongings by bogus policeman, the result of a little too much internet preparation. The reality is in the tourist areas you can't move for real policeman, and we rarely felt anything but safe.
We went to some pretty good galleries, visited the San Francisco church museum where they let you wander around on the roof, walked to a park set above the city, took a day trip to the pre-Inca archaeological site at Tiahuanaco, and watched Avatar at the cinema (which was lots of fun, although the film was a bit rubbish). We also ate a lot of tasty food, including some truly spectacular cake in the cafe below our hotel.
For reasons which are not entirely clear to us, despite considerable research (we looked on wikipedia), many Bolivian women wear bowler hats as part of their day to day dress, along with shawls, full skirts, and plaited hair. This is especially noticeable in La Paz, and we are now eagerly awaiting a resurgence of the bowler hat amongst the suited and booted professional classes..