La Paz Bolivia

La Paz La Paz Bolivia: Vibrant Charm times 2

La Paz La Paz Bolivia, so good, I have to say it twice:

La Paz La Paz Bolivia
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La Paz La Paz Bolivia, so good, I have to say it twice (thank you Gerard Kenny).   If you asked me to name my favourite approach to a city then I would go all coy for a few seconds before blurting out how utterly amazing it is to arrive to La Paz La Paz Bolivia.  Yes I know La Paz would suffice, but I just cannot help myself 🙂

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The first time I travelled to La Paz, it was by bus and it was amazing.  The next time I arrived by plane and it was even better.  In both cases, you get treated to an astonishing sight, as the city suddenly appears in a giant bowl in front of you.  It is one of the few cities that literally took my breath away when I first saw it.

And hang the grammer, La Paz La Paz Bolivia is even more spectacular at night, when the whole bowl it sits in, fills with multi-coloured lights. I have now been here 5 or 6 times and the arrival surprises and delights every single time. This definitely is one of the most exciting places to visit in Bolivia or anywhere.

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The secret to getting around La Paz La Paz Bolivia is knowing that the main thoroughfare is at the bottom of the giant bowl it sits in. This is called El Prado and is where you will find some of the best restaurants, shops and things to do in Bolivia. If you ever get lost, just head downhill and you will end up here.

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La Paz La Paz Bolivia has Chaos and Colours Everywhere

La Paz La Paz Bolivia is also the best city I have ever been to for walking around. The streets are just filled to bursting with colourful chaos, street vendors, tourists and all sorts of other stuff. For example, if you hang around the gringo area, on Calle Sagarnaga, you will find a big concentration of shops selling ponchos, Andean statues and all sorts of wacky trinkets.

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There is even a guy that sidles up to me every single time I go there and tries to sell me (presumably fake) fossils. The prices are fantastic here, so be sure to get to La Paz with some space in your luggage to cram in some bargain clothes and ornaments from your Bolivia tourism shopping spree.

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The highlight for many tourists is the Witches Market, which is as utterly cool as it sounds.

This is where you need to go to ward off evil spirits and top up your dried llama foetus collection.

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A word of warning; the old women here don’t like you taking photos of them and their merchandise. Bitter experience tells me that they are also wise to the old “just taking a picture of the sky. Oh look, my hand slipped” ploy. If you want some cracking pictures wait until you are about to buy something and ask politely.

LA PAZ WITCH’S MARKET | dehydrated llama fetus – Kara and Nate

Nearby places to visit from La Paz La Paz Bolivia

This is also the starting point for a trip to the world’s most dangerous road, which is one of the top things to do in Bolivia.

Death Road, Bolivia

You can cycle down this crazily dangerous road with a tour group. The name isn’t just a cheap marketing gimmick; just look at the white crosses at the side of the road to see how dangerous it is.

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This road takes you to the Yungas region, but the recent opening of a brand new road means that this one is no longer so congested. However, it does still have some of the most incredible sheer drops you will ever see. The altitude drops drastically on the ride down, so you will want to make sure that your hired bike has working brakes on it. A bus will take you back to La Paz later on in the day.

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You can also set out from here to visit Lake Titicaca and the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Lake Titicaca – Courtesy: ea
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Salar de Uyuni – Uyuni Salt Flat – Courtesy: ts
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Apart from that, La Paz La Paz Bolivia is a great place to eat some good food at low prices, to join the crowds watching DVDs and drinking milkshakes on the street and to generally feel as though you are very far from home. There are always loads of backpackers here, so if you want some company then just head over to the cafes or hotels in the area around the Witches Market.

And apologies for all the La Paz La Paz Bolivia excesses, but if it’s helped to persuade you just how amazing I find this place, then La Paz La Paz Bolivia it is 🙂

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