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... drizzle, but it did the trick after a night bus and an all day tour. The salt hotel was made out of bricks of salt cut out from the salt flat, and literally almost everything in the hotel was made from salt (the bed frame, the chairs, the tables). We had dinner and I went to bed shortly after since I wasn't feeling well. It was very cold inside the salt hotel (supposedly -4 degrees F outside) but I was pretty warm in all my layers and sleeping bag and blankets. The next morning we ...
... a plan to meet at the Mexican for dinner, again it was the only place we all knew and the food is really good. Vicki and I wanted to do some shopping, buy some alpaca scarves and I needed a new jumper so we wandered through the shops. We found some scarves pretty easily but I couldn't decide on the colours so we left it till later, I needed some time to think. Then we had a hard time haggling for the the jumpers so we didn't bother getting any. We went back to the hostel ...
... on the road when cars, trucks and local buses regularly used it (though that was before the opening of the new by-pass). In 2010 another BBC report quoted 18 bikers had been killed since mountain biking the road had started 12 years previously. Having experienced the road first-hand I would recommend the ride. It is scary, yet exhilarating and hence Death Road rightly commands respect from all, as Jeremy Clarkson et al would no doubt testify. Phil and Mups x ...
... anymore they instead bury a llama foetus under the corner of the building. The builders do this right at the beginning of the project and then spend the week getting drunk all in the name of appeasing Pachamama. So if you're reading this Kevin McCloud, make sure you factor that into your timings if building a holiday home in Bolivia. If you think that's strange what about an inmate-run prison? Yep, the main prison in La Paz is called San Pedro ...
... old Bolivianos hanging around so a bit of an OTT response!
Stocked up on a bit of shopping while I was there; couple of hammocks for the hostel & some traditional throws. Cheap as anything 210BS for the lot which is around £18.
When the internet finally allowed me to book something my decision was.....the Amazon! It wasn't on my list to start with but I have met so many people that have been there that I decided on a short trip.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Eldorado La Paz
this hotel was built in the 60s and nothing has changed. The rooms are reasonably comfortable and warm but its very tired.
All of the linens and towels are threadbare and chewing gum grey.
Staff are mediocre - not particularly helpful and everything seems like an effort. Its like they have better things to do (ie stand around gossiping) than help guests. I had a tour company leave a message for me at 6pm - but it was not given to me when i returned at 8pm - instead reception decided to ring me at 11pm to give me the message (WTF?!?!).
There is also major construction going on outside the hotel - which goes from 7am - 9pm. Breakfast is again mediocre - the eggs are always cold (and look like they've been there for at least an hour) and the bread is often hard.
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