Highest Capital City in the World.

Trip Start Sep 15, 2008
Trip End Jan 01, 2009

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Adventure Brew Hostal

Flag of Bolivia  ,
Saturday, November 15, 2008

We arrived in La Paz at 8pm and checked into the Adventure Brew Hostal.  The hostel has itīs own micro-brewery and free pancake breakfasts.  Not the nicest area of town but taxis are cheap.

The next day we shopped around for different tours, browsed the witches market complete with llama fetuses, bought lots of wool goods, and caught a game of international rugby at a local 100% fake Irish bar.  The pub claims to be the 5th best bar in town and promises to offer nothing original.  The roastbeef sandwich was delicious!

While Arik headed off to Ice Climb, I decided to hang out in La Paz. I went to Cholitaīs Wrestling and man was that an experience.  The first wrestlers were a woman vs. a man. The man was dressed as an army official and the frist thing he did was spit in the ladies face. It was so disgusting but the locals loved it and had a great laugh. The evening went on as such with women fighting men, a midget fighting 2 men, men fighting men and at the end everyone fighting. It was funny for the first 20 minutes and then we were cold and ready to go. The locals absolutley loved it and it was a family night out. 

The next day I decided to go to the Spa at a local Hotel! It was fantastic. For $20 I had the use of a hot tub, lap pool, relaxing pool, plunge pool, sauna, steam room plus an hour massage! It felt great and I thought about Arik hiking through the snow as I relaxed and was pampered. Was definitely worth the $20!!!

Once Arik was back in town we did a bit more wool shopping, signed up for a mountain bike tour down the Worldīs Most Dangerous Road, and watched the new James Bond which is partially set in Bolivia.

La Paz is a very interesting city.  Perhaps the only city in the world where the altitude of your house is inversley related to your socioeconimic class.  The further down the valley you drive the nicer the buildings and neighborhoods become.  The lower valley is supposed to be warmer and have less wind and is therefore preferred by the elite.  The contrast between an upper valley neighborhood with street meat stalls, beggars, and dust versus a lower neighbor hood with international cuisine, park space, and modern entertainment is stark.  This could also be an indicator of why Boliviaīs indigenous-leftist former coca farming president is so loved and why large scale protests are held on a weekly basis (our hostal even has a white board to let guests know which roads are currently blockaded). 
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cmarytracey on

Good call!
Good call on your part to take it easy and enjoy a day at the spa!
Sounds wonderful!

arikandcharis on

Re: Good call!
Yes it was fantastic! Especially after Arik told me how hard his hike was:)

cmarytracey on

That wrestling is bizarre! Wearing dresses!

arikandcharis on

Re: Wrestling
Yes it is very very strange!!

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