Published: April 12th 2009April 10th 2009
La Paz is the highest capital city in the world and its obvious as soon as you step off the plane/bus. Especially since while walking around the city you always seems to be going uphill and are immediately out of breath! :)
It is a very fun city to be in for a budget backpacker. Lots of gingo-run party hostels, discos, yummy restaurants with international cuisines (had Sushi and Indian food there!), very cool coca museum, the Witches Market with crazy herbs, dead vanimals, and other offerings for sale, beautiful views of the city from various miradors, and a bustling urban center (hold onto your purse!).
The other capital city is Sucre. It is somewhat smaller, more beautiful, once had been very wealthy and it showed. I also took a very backed, somewhat smelly buseta ride through the countryside outside of Sucre to the small pueblo of Tarabuco for the Sunday market. The market was not impressive, but the local people and their dress were very. So was the countryside...gloden, green, and glowing. Beautiful.
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