Blogs from La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia, South America - page 8


South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz October 18th 2012

Today, I crossed the border from Bolivia into Peru once again. But while in La Paz, Bolivia, I got to see two world cup eliminating soccer games. The first one was Bolivia versus Peru, and it was a tie. The stadium was full because so many Peruvians came to watch the game as well. I was rooting for Bolivia of course! The second game was Bolivia versus Uruguay and Bolivia won 4 to 1! This could have been partially becuase of the fact that the Bolivian national stadium in La Paz is the highest stadium in the world!... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz October 1st 2012

30thSeptember – La Paz La Paz is the seat of government in Bolivia and is also known as the defacto capital as well. La Paz is built in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River (now mostly built over), which runs northwest to southeast. The city's main thoroughfare, which roughly follows the river, changes names over its length, but the central tree-lined section running through the downtown core is called the Prado. The geography of La Paz (in particular the altitude) reflects society: the lower areas of the city are the more affluent areas. While many middle-class residents live in high-rise condos near the center, the houses of the truly affluent are located in the lower neighborhoods southwest of the Prado. And looking up from the center, the surrounding hills are plastered with makeshift brick houses ... read more
guards outside government palace
electricity wires
street dancers

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz September 29th 2012

Trotz Düsseldorfer Schlafgemeinschaft wache ich am morgen ausgeruht auf, selbst meine Wertsachen sind noch da (gut, viel wäre ohnehin nicht mehr zu holen). Noch vor dem Frühstück erreicht mich die nächste charmante Mail der Bank: Bevor man die Karte losschicken könne, müsse man mich persönlich sprechen. Dass ich dies antizipiert und daher gestern schon persönlich angerufen habe, scheint nicht relevant. Also erneuter Anruf, die Karte wird nun abgeschickt, Karenzzeit erneut 36-72 Stunden. Ich rechne: 72 Stunden heißt Sonntagmorgen, 9 Uhr. Mein Flug nach Buenos Aires geht um 8. Da ich der bolivianischen Post oder den Kuriermitarbeitern weder eine Samstagabend- noch eine Sonntag-früh-Zustellung zutraue, entscheide ich mich doch für Western Union. (Gut, dass meine Kölner Finanzagentin so schnell und flexibel verfügbar ist.) Zum Frühstück bekomme ich sodann Menschen in Che G... read more
Human Zebra Crossing
El Cine - Una aventura espectacular
The coast is ours

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz September 16th 2012

Day 334 Sunday 9th September Straight out the door today to get the first available bus to La Paz, we were lucky to get an 8.30am bus. The only downside was it was packed with people and their belongings, the local women always carry their large packs onto the buses and then struggle to get themselves the kids who have not paid for a seat and hubby into the two seats. Unfortunately today they all boarded together blocking the isle and squeezing and shoving till it all got too much for me and I had to force my way off the bus, my face must have looked scary because one of the older women moved everyone so I could pass. I waited outside with Scott minding the seats till they all settled and the bus was ... read more
La Paz - Wrestling
La Paz - Wrestling
La Paz - Wrestling

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz September 15th 2012

So now we are in Bolivia and my bank balances prefers Bolivia to Peru. We crossed the border from cusco and headed to Copacabana. It really was beautiful. We did a trek around the Isla del sol which was well worth the very slow boat journey to the island. Now we are in La Paz and about to catch a flight to do our rainforest trek. Really should go into more detail but will save that for another time... read more


South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz September 7th 2012

After two wonderful days on idyllic, sun-drenched Isla del Sol, it's once again time to move on. An unbelievably slow boat gets me back to Copacabana just in time for a quick spot of lunch (home-made baked beans in tomato sauce on home-made soda bread? In Bolivia? For real?) before catching my bus - cleverly booked before I went to Isla del Sol - eastwards to La Paz. La Paz is a city I've heard a lot about - most of it not particularly flattering - and I'm looking forward to seeing what it's really like. The bus journey from Copabana to La Paz is short but memorable. To begin with, shortly after leaving Copabana we reach the narrow Strait of Tiquina where the lake narrows to about eight hundred metres wide, separating Lake Titicaca proper ... read more
Loading up the bus at Tiquina...
Bus crossing the straits at Tiquina
Incredible view of La Paz from Mirador Killi Killi

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz September 5th 2012

Hey Everyone, It has been awhile since I have updated the blog. I have probably missed lots out so these are a few of the highlights. After Machu Picchu we went back to Cuzco and had a lazy day doing a bit of shopping ready for our early bus transfer to Puno near Lake Titicaca. The bus journey was long but ok there was alot of space and the roads weren't as bad as I expected. We arrived in Puno and went out for chicken and chips a local which was really good and just what we all needed. The next day we got tuc tuc's to the port and went on a boat ride around the lake to the floating island where we were told how the are made ad how if the people ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz August 25th 2012

The mountaineering expedition was the first thing we booked for our trip, almost 6 months before heading off. It has been James’ dream for quite some time to be in high mountains and climb ‘some big snowy peaks’. With us not being able to journey down to Patagonia (due to their very frosty weather this time of year, oh well, next time!), James was particularly excited about seizing the opportunity to hike some of the high mountains in Bolivia. And especially since the mountains were fairly accessible (max 2 hours from La Paz), and ‘good enough’ for beginners, it seemed like an opportunity not to be missed. Honestly, my enthusiasm was not on the same level, but I had accepted it and thought of it as a challenge I was willing to pursue. I had also ... read more
PA base camp
Condoriri Mountains
Condoriri & base camp in background

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz August 17th 2012

We are now in La Paz, Bolivia, a city (3660m above sea level) that has surprised us through its location and vibrancy. It is located in a series of valleys and is approached through its twin city of El Alto situated on the plains 400m above. As you travel down into the valley, you are immediately struck by cliff hanging houses rising in levels above the city centre. What is more surprising is when visting the Moon Valley in the south of La Paz, as here you feel as if you could be on the moon with its barren and rocky landscape. Amazingly, houses are build around this unstable landscape. It was a pleasant change to travel to Bolivia by train and boat rather than flying. A 10 hour train ride found us in Puno (3800m) ... read more
Uros - floating island
Lake Titicaca - Sun Island

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz August 14th 2012

Hi, just to let you know that La Paz has been as insane as I thought it would be. Bob and I did the Bolivian road of death on mountain bikes two days ago. Apparently two cyclists a year die on that road and inbetween 200 and 300 travellers die on it every year. I can well believe it, as it´s the most insane bike ride I´ve been on, by a long way! Also went to the salt flats yesterday, it´s difficult to describe the beauty of it, can´t really do it justice. Heading to lake Titicaca next.... read more

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