Two days in La Paz, Bolivia

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From Buenos Aires, we flew up to La Paz – the largest city in Bolivia, and the highest metropolis in the world, sitting at a staggering 3,660m above sea level.

We arrived at night, and our first glimpse of La Paz was from the edge of one of the steep hills that surround the city, a glowing orange valley of lights stretching out before us as far as we could see.

La Paz sits inside a huge mountaintop canyon crammed with buildings built practically on top of one another into the hills. It’s a heaving, chaotic urban jungle.La Paz-8La Paz-3La Paz-4(image)

We went in search of the famed witches’ markets, rode the cable cars for an unbeatable view of the city, went shopping, and cooed over an adorable Bolivian baby belonging to a shopkeeper who let my friend Lucy have a cuddle after she purchased an alpaca jumper (I didn’t buy = no baby cuddles for me).La Paz-2La Paz-1

La Paz will leave you breathless – literally. Those steep hills will be that much harder to negotiate as you adapt to the altitude.

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After leaving La Paz we embarked on a three-day salt flats tour, encountering the most incredible, awe-inspiring landscapes I have ever seen. Stay tuned…

 

Extra pictures via Lucy on Instagram

  • Jono

    You stayed in Loki? I worked there for 3 weeks… Such a crazy place!!

    • http://www.somekindofwanderlust.com/ Andrea Magrath

      Yes – it is crazy! Probably a bit too crazy for me actually, I’m such an old fart 😉 My friends booked it, we did a mix of hostels and hotels along the way, and that one was memorable for being the noisiest!

  • Jono

    Try staying there for 3 weeks… You might remember a long-haired Aussie lad working at the travel desk downstairs. He did at least 6 months working there!! Are you coming back to London?