Friday, 1 June 2012

La Paz, Bolivia


Arriving at La Paz airport, we could feel the thinness of the air. The airport is outside of the City, in El Alto, at 4,050m. As we drove through what we thought was a shabby suburb, we were not particularly impressed with the capital. We did drive through lots of markets, shutting up shop, with women in traditional Aymaran dress (wide skirts and big hats), not realising that this was an Aymara town just outside the capital. Suddenly, we came around a corner and could see La Paz, 500m below, lit up and sitting in a bowl surrounded by mountains with the city spreading up the mountainside in all directions. The road was bendy down the mountainside and the whole experience suddenly became a lot more impressive!

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