Blogs from La Paz Department, Bolivia, South America - page 9


South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz March 23rd 2013

Kadangi Manja dirba, šiandien susitariau susitikti su kita couchsurfere Maysa. Tad papusryčiavęs keliauju į aikštę prie parlamentu susitikti su ja. Pakeliui vėl sutinku protestuotojų minią, manes tai jau visai nebestebina. Aikštėj prisė prisėdu ant suoliuko laukti kol ateisi Maysa. Belaukiant prišoka kaukėtas batų valytojas ir pasisiūlo nuvalyti batus. Reikia ir tai išbandyt. Netrukus pasirodo ir Manja. visai šalia La Paso yra dar vienas "mėnulio slėnis", tad jai paklausus ką noriu veikti, pasiūlai važiuoti iki "mėnulio slėnio". Sėdę į mikriuką, greičiau nei per valandą atvažiuojam. Uolienos atrodo įdomiai, bet net lyginti su "mėnulio slėniu" Argentinoje neįmanoma. Čia pasivaikštom valandžiukę ir važiuojam iki miesto papietaut. Čia truputi brangesnis miesto rajonas, čia gyvena turtingesni La Paso gyventojai. Einam į prekybos centrą kur papie... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz March 22nd 2013

Manja iš ryto iškeliauja į darbą, tad lieku namie vienas. Apie 10 ryto turi ateiti namų tvarkytoja, tad dar prieš jai ateinant iškeliauju apžiūrėti miesto. Vakar Manja papasakojo kuria kryptimi reikia eiti link centro, tad link ten ir keliauju. Pirmiausia užeinu į turistų informacijos centro, pasiemu žemėlapį, dar paklausinėju ką čia įdomaus galima pamatyti. Pakeliui vėl sutinku minią protestuotojų. Panašu, protestai čia nenaujiena. Pirmiausiai einu į turistinį rajonėlį kur daug hostelių, suvenyrų parduotuvėlių, kavinių. Aplankau kokos muziejų. Tada randu nebrangią kavinukę papietauti, už pietus sumoku vos 5 litus. Toliau keliauju į netoliese esantį rajonėlį kuriame daugybė muziejų bei mokyklų. Čia ir miesto katedra bei savivaldybė, bei turbūt parlamentas. Visur kur beeitum gali kalnų šlaituose matyti šimtus namų šiek tiek primenanči... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz March 18th 2013

I have finally managed to add some photos - have a look back through the previous entries to see them! In La Paz, Bolivia safely after a lot of travelling yesterday. Have had a pretty chilled out day today - a bit of a wander around the slightly crazy streets...I don't think the roads have any rules..and a visit to the St. Francis church and monastery which was beautiful. I like it here - lots of hustle and bustle and people all in traditional dress. It's a bit of a contrast from California! It's also very cheap - a sandwich and a drink in a cafe at lunch only cost £2.80! Meeting the group in a bit, and tomorrow we are heading off to the salt flats for 3 days so will be out of touch ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz March 16th 2013

Iš ryto, kaip ir vakar einam į turgų ir pasiemu tuos pačius pusryčius, vaisių asorti ir pienišką kokteilį. Po pusryčių lipam į nedidelį kalną pažiūrėti miesto panoramos. Bet su 6 ne pačiom tvirčiausiom merginom tai užtrunka dvigubai ilgiau nei man įprastai reikia užlipti į tokią kalvą. Be to lygiai pusė jų įveikia tik pusę kalno. Bet kadangi niekur neskubam tai visai nebloga atrakcija. Lipdami žemyn sustojam restorane papietauti. Pietūs tikrai visai geri, tik aišku nebe už turgaus kainą. Po pietų paslampinėjam po miestą, aš dar užbėgu į interneto kavinę, nes reikia baigti derintis dėl nakvynės La Pase. Grįžęs į namą padedu nuskinti vaisius nuo medžio augančio kieme. Tada susikraunu kuprinę ir atsisveikinęs su kompanija keliauju iki autobuso. Beje praėjusiam autobuse kažkaip bagaže pasimetė viena tapkė, tad teko išmesti ir antrą.... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz March 10th 2013

Our Lady of the Peace. What a name for a city, there must have been a lot of fighting going on around when the city was named. We reached Nuestra Senora La Paz just before sunrise. As the city is built inside almost a canyon when you approch the city you are astonished with the low central area, with their cluster of lightings, and the city climbing, spreading on to hills surrounding, the street lights thinning as they move away and up into the hills. We were coming from the top flatlands winding our way down into the city center. The bus ride from Uyuni to La Paz was another 11hour trip. Took a taxi to the hotel as the hotel was in the very center of La PAz. The staff was courtious enough to let ... read more
La Paz
La Paz
Rurrenabaque Airport


South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz March 2nd 2013

My first impressions of la Paz came from the stunning view I saw out my window as my plane approached the sparkling city from the north. My plain flew in at 6:00 am, and while all I wanted to to was sleep it was obvious la Paz never did. This city is a sea of light situated in the high altitude mountains and while I have only been here for 24 hours I can tell you the lights never really go out. I'm happy to say the list of breathtakingly amazing sights has completely been rewritten after just my flight to Bolivia. Flying into Miami at night was spectacular, as well as the sun set over Dallas. But hands down flying over the amazon at sunrise had to be the unexpected amazing moment. With winding rivers ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 20th 2013

Butch Cassidy: Kid, the next time I say, "Let's go someplace like Bolivia," let's GO someplace like Bolivia. Copacabana After an uneventful bus ride along the banks of Lake Titicaca, and after paying $135 each to cross Bolivia's borders we arrived in the "resort" town of Copacabana. After locating our hostel we quickly turned on the television to watch The Rose Bowl. We spent that evening not only annoyed by the Badgers performance, but also with each other's incessant renditions of Barry Manilow's catchy lyrics. Our next day was spent touring Isla del Sol, the legendary Inca creation site and the birthplace of the sun in Inca mythology, namely the mystical appearance of Manco Capac and his sister-wife Mama Ocllo. Just a couple of personal opinions about Isla del Sol. #1: yo, Bolivia, invest in some ... read more
Slowest. Boat. Ever.
God Likes Pimped Rides
Waxy Wishes

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 12th 2013

Friday 01/02/13 – Another day with a border crossing meant another day with an early start. We rode out of Puno and followed the southern shores of Lake Titicaca. Often we passed women or boys wearing thongs while herding goats or llamas along the lakes edge where the small snow drifts and ice still clung to clumps of grass and bushes. We approached the Desaguadero border and were pulled over at a police checkpoint where the cops got all excited by my secret storage tube which they must have imagined was stacked with drugs. I was relieved while they were disappointed when we all discovered that electrical tape and string was not contraband in either Peru or Bolivia… In a word this border was dynamic (in more words: chaotic, dirty, frustrating, confused, hectic…). The border between ... read more
Chaotic border crossing
The view of La Paz beneath the Andes from El Alto
They don't take kindly to thieves around these parts

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 9th 2013

I'm currently in the World's highest capital city, La Paz, nestled in a bowl surrounded by snowcapped mountains at 3650 meters its a somewhat crazy place. Someone in Cuzco that I met described it as a city with no rules which I think in many ways is a fair description. The traffic here is insane, there seems to be some kind of outside celebration every 100 yards, the streets are constantly full of people and half the central streets seem to be markets selling all kinds of things. Generally the place just has a real buzz about it. My first full day here I tried to tick as many of the tourist boxes as I could. I started by visiting the museums on Calle Jaen (a famous old road here), before taking a look at the ... read more
La Paz Parque Urbano
Calle Juan
Red Peril

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Copacabana January 29th 2013

Titicaca means mother of water. I visited both the Peruvian and Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. I have to say I favor the Bolivian side a little more. Isla Del Sol is on the Bolivian side, Copacaba is a smaller town where as Puno is much larger and busier. Bolivia is mas economical and they sell Cuba libres in a can for a buck. I visited the floating islands on both sides. I went to the sacred rock on Isla Del Sol. Ivan explained that there is an energy triangle between Chichen Itza, Isla Del Sol, and Cuzco and pilgrims come to harness the energy. After I come back from Cuzco, I will have completed the triangle, so watch out!... read more
Uros Floating Islands Peru
Uros Floating Islands Peru
Mama Bolivia

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