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Travel Blogs from La Paz
... have. Emma got some insect bite cream here. It think it was made from dead donkeys and turf or something - smell wasnt great but it worked she said. They also had lots of llama foetuses that had been burned - for good luck they say - right so! They had nice normal markets too - BJ got himself a nice Charanga (mini guitar like instrument). I did a lot of looking but was very disciplined this time. We found La Paz to be a little town ...
... in-depth ones, including an extended tour that takes in the El Alto market. If you happen to be there on a Sunday, the extended tour also goes to a ‘cholita’ wrestling match after El Alto. That is exactly what it sounds like: middle-aged women in traditional garb duking it out in a wrestling ring, WWF style. Again, what makes that even crazier is that it isn’t put on for tourists! Sadly we weren’t there on ...
We went down for breakfast a little after 7:00. Our guide and driver were picking us up at 8:00. Our first stop today, after an hour and a half drive, Is the Tiahuanaco ruins.
This trip took us though the Bolivian Highlands where we saw the Aymara Indian's way of life. We saw a lot of dairy cows and vegetable gardens. We also saw an animal auction going on. I guess there is an auction every Wednesday. There were beef cows, ...
... beneath the roads.
Our walking tour started with the San Pedro prison which is probably worthy of a whole history book, so I'll keep this brief. In fact, if anyone's interested, a Brit spent some years there and wrote about his experiences in a popular book called Marching Powder (in reference to the fact the prison is essentially a cocaine factory). As most cells only get inspected about once a year, producing cocaine is one of the best ways to earn a living. Once ...
... and rainy day, we walked around town and stopped at two different museums. The first was the coca museum, Museo de la Coca. There we learned about the history of coca, how it is used and the controversy surrounding it. The next we went to was the instrument museum, Museo de Instromentos Musicales. On display were two floors full of local instruments like zampoņas, quenas, multi-necked guitars and a xylophone made out of beer bottles.
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking