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South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz April 25th 2021

Prepare to be amazed if you take Reman’s tour on the cable car ride over La Paz. http://www.heygo.com With 10 lines: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Orange, White, Sky Blue, Purple, Brown, and Silver - We took 3 journeys on the Red, Silver & Purple lines. The views were stunning at the highest altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level. The average speed of the gondolas is 11mph. What a wonderful experience to be able to take this tour. Rising more than 300 metres from La Paz – the world’s highest altitude administrative capital at almost 3,700m – up to the predominantly Aymara communities of El Alto on the plateau, the Mi Teleférico (My Cable Car) system links neighbouring cities that were long seen as social worlds apart. For decades the main route between the two was ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz April 21st 2021

About 10 kilometers from Bolivia’s capital of La Paz lies the stark, alien landscape of El Valle de la Luna, or Moon Valley. Thousands of years ago, it lay at the bottom of the ocean. The rains and winds of the Andes here have created these unusual formations, making the area almost a forest of stalagmites out in the open. It isn’t a valley at all, but a bizarre, eroded hillside maze of canyons and pinnacles technically known as badlands. Several species of cactus grow here, including the hallucinogenic choma (San Pedro cactus). Our virtual guide was great, taking us to a high viewpoint and was able to get quite close to some of the formations. Although the area of Moon Valley currently rests at 3,650 meters / 11,975 feet above sea level, thousands of years ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz January 20th 2021

29th December 2020 La Plaz - Bolivia I probably over-dosed on tours yesterday, note to self organise your trips better 2nd tour was to La Plaz in Bolivia with our tour guide David. The Plaza Murillo is the central square of the city of and the open space most connected to the political life of Bolivia. The most prominent buildings on the square include the Presidential Palace, the Government Building and the Cathedral of La Paz. An interesting sight is the clock in the spire of the Government Building, the clock runs anti clockwise but we weren’t able to get a close enough photo. There is a major problem with pigeons in the square, it reminded me of all those years that pigeons were a tourist attraction in Trafalgar square almost as much as the surrounding ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 28th 2019

One last day in La Paz. Primarily because of a long journey yesterday and a long journey tomorrow, so I left a day in between. Not because there’s loads of touristy things to do here – we’ve pretty much exhausted that list. We planned to have a lie-in but the police put paid to that idea when they arrive at our door at 8 am to check our passports. This morning we start at the Coca Museum which charts the history of the coca leaf, its role in Bolivian culture and uses as a drug, both legal and illegal. It’s more interesting that I’d anticipated. They even have a café where you can buy coca cocktails and original recipe Coca Cola. We continue to St Francis church with its beautifully carved façade and ornate interior (lots ... read more
Coca Museum
Coca Museum - coca using miner
Coca Museum - cocaine user

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 24th 2019

Our last day in La Paz so we start with some culture; the Calle Jean museums; one ticket gives you access to 3 museums on an old colonial street. Google Maps says it’s an 11 minute ‘mostly flat’ walk from the hotel. Google maps doesn’t mention the flights of stairs. I’d challenge anyone from Google Maps to walk 0.6 miles, including 100 stairs at 4000m altitude in 11 minutes. We reach our first museum and they ask for ID. Someone is going to have to walk back to the hotel and get our passports. I’m not sure who. Neither of us can breath. We convince them to accept a photo from my phone, which is a relief. We visit the Museo Costumbrista which tells the history of La Paz in costumes and dioramas. It’s actually really ... read more
Museo Costumbrista
Museo de Metales Preciosos
Museo de Metales Preciosos

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 23rd 2019

The combination of a cold and altitude mean I didn’t sleep well and have a pounding headache. When we arrived in La Paz, some of my toiletries had leaked, the rest had inflated to almost bursting point. That’s pretty much how my head feels. After breakfast, the old man sets off to explore the city and I take some painkillers and return to bed to regroup. By midday I’m ready, the old man is recalled from his cable car extravaganza and we head for old La Paz. The secret is to do everything slowly, which incidentally I’m rather good at. We start at the 18th century Church of San Francisco, where we take a guided tour which includes the cloisters, the church, then up a tiny, dark staircase onto the roof. Just as I poke my ... read more
Linea Roja
Church of San Francisco
Roof of Church of San Francisco

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 22nd 2019

Today, the high altitude portion of our trip begins. I’m not really looking forward to it - I’m not sure I’m designed for altitude. To make matters worse, I have a stinking cold. We reach the airport 2 hours before our flight. The airline recommends a minimum of 3, which seems excessive in the middle of the night. But we’ve left it very tight. After check in comes immigration. The queue is enormous and it takes 30 minutes to almost reach the front. Then the computers crash and what little action there was grinds to a halt. We finally reach our gate 8 minutes before boarding commences. We are flying to La Paz. The airport is 4080 metres above sea level. It’s craziness. I wouldn’t want to live 4080 metres from the sea horizontally, let alone ... read more
La Paz from the hotel
Bolivian beer
Everything llama

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz November 11th 2018

Up earlier than expected this morning considering there was no deadline for a change. However Daisy went to shower first and it took about 15 minutes for the water to get warm enough and not the most volume of water either. A bit disappointing for such a nice looking hotel. Finally we got ourselves down for breakfast around 8:45 and after that I asked at the desk if they had any suggestions for just one day in La Paz and he offered a taxi to drive us around to the main spots including the Valle de la Lunar (Valley of the Moon) which is 13kms out of the city centre for 800BOB (Bolivian Bolivianos) which is $AU80. It would be much cheaper to go to each spot by taxi but this was so much more convenient ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz September 15th 2018

Incredibly tired after a flight, our overnight bus and 2 more flights. Arrived in La Paz & a guide took us to a great place for lunch. Then a wander around the shops selling Alpaca so that we can keep warm in the freezing places ahead. Then I got hit with the altitude, poor boy had to go to bed early. Briefly met the new group a good mix of Scots, English, Swiss a Kiwi and a German. Next day feeling a little better & not hearing great things about the hotel breakfast we decided to spoil ourselves & return to cafe de Munro for breakfast. We will be there again when we get back to la Paz in a weeks time. We walked through the markets to the cathedral, in front of which we watched ... read more
Fiesta parade for our arrival (not)
Casa De La Libertad- Sucre
indigenous warrior in rebellion against Spain

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz September 10th 2018

There's something not right about going from the tranquil and scenic Lake Titicaca to a busy, smelly and big city of La Paz. It feels that it should have been the other way around! Nonetheless, we didn't want to stick around La Paz for more than two nights, for us, large cities aren't our favourite as there are better things to see and do outside of them. We stayed at a hostel (the adventure brew hostel) which was a good place to meet people and with events happening most nights. We found ourselves having a bit of a go at karaoke on the fist night (somehow the footage is missing!) and played a lot of pool and table tennis. It also had a great BBQ ip on the rooftop on our final night there. One thing ... read more
Baby Llamas Used For Offerings
Crossing Lake Titicaca
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