Back in town...

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

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

We decided not to re-test fate on the Worlds Most Dangerous Road back to La Paz.  Instead we caught a flight from Rurrenebaque´s grass field airport.  Back in La Paz we were breathless once again, from the altitude, but no longer sweating buckets. 

The next few days we just enjoyed civilization: watched Max Payne, ate too much ice cream and steak, and did some shopping.  We also made a stop to the Coca Museum.  It was a really interesting museum taking you through the history of the plant, the historical and current uses in South America, and of course the development, production and some history of cocaine.  Pretty interesting fact is that the US is the largest legal producer of cocaine (500kg per year), but is also the main proponent against Bolivia growing coca for non-drug related uses.  Coca leaves also have a ridiculously high amount of nutrition and vitamins.  After the tour we had some coca tea, cookies, and cake.   

While in La Paz again we tried a different hostal - Loki Backpackers.  It is an old converted hotel with a very ornate interior - really cool - and like other Loki spots the beds are really comfy.  Around the corner from our hostel was another big protest, again by Bolivian miners.  It lasted the entire time we were there so we had to get accustomed to walking through the blocaked area several times a day.

Our time in La Paz came to a close with great memories of the city.  While not as wild or lawless as we expected it still had a really cool vibe for a little-big city (1.4 mil or so).  The strangest experience of the city is walking from the poor neighborhoods down into the rich ones.  You litteraly just find a road going down and it will lead you to international cuisine, fancy cars, entertainment, and clean park space.

Hasta Luego La Paz!
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