Published: June 1st 2011June 1st 2011
We stayed in a hostel where the main selling point was that you get a free beer that they brew on site every day. A bit different but it had a nice bar on the top floor. We arrived at 6 in the morning but had to wait until 2 to get a bed and shower. We had a walk down the main street and checked out some travel agents for going to the amazon. It was in one of these that I left my bag only realising half an hour later and I was very relieved that they hadn't even noticed. Panic over.
La Paz is much more of a city city with more people in suits etc. but still the Bolivian market stalls everywhere and people traffic. There are snowy mountains in the background which look a lot nicer than the city itself. We decided after checking in since we were in La Paz to go to a British curry house, it might not be Bolivian but it was awesome. Afterwards we claimed our free beer and chatted to people in the bar but needed an early night.
The next day we went to the market where Hayley bought a cardigan and then we booked our flight to Rurrenabaque. We then had a cheap set lunch and went to a 'witches market'. It got it's name from the llama foetuses on sale which you bury under new buildings for good luck. They looked pretty rough. We then went to a square full of pigeons and I tried chewing some coca leaves I had bought but was not very successful. After another wander we went to an English pub (I know we're doing well) and had a couple of drinks and some more at the hostel that night.
In the morning we went this time to the black market which was really busy and we didn't find anything as interesting as llama foetuses we then just walked around and got some lunch before heading to the hostel bar. We met some Irish guys and had a few drinks which wiled away the afternoon as we'd run out of cheap things to do in La Paz. We then met some people in our room, played drinking games and ended up having a night out. After the hostel bar we went to a sweaty club where they played weird Spanish ska music and we finished up at another bar. It was a good night but I lost my new llama hat. We were a bit rough the next day but managed to find the enthusiasm to go and watch some 'Cholitas' wrestling as you do. It was certainly funny think WWE without much rehearsal time. There were plenty of locals as well as tourists with some getting into it shouting and everyone throwing their pop corn. The fighters varied from large women to zombies who walked into the crowd causing a bit of chaos. In a nutshell it was so bad it was good. After a fast food dinner we sorted ourselves for an early start for our flight to Rurrenbaque.