La Paz ¨sin city

Trip Start Jan 18, 2011
Trip End Jan 18, 2012

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Interesting city in the mountains. Reminds me of the favelas in Rio (the houses built on the hills).We spent 6 days in La Paz
which is the capital of Bolivia and also the worlds highest capital city.  It is often called The Bowl as the city sprawls out in a valley between mountains and the richest areas are at the bottom with property getting cheaper the higher up the bowl you go based on the amount of
oxygen available to you! Our hostel was in an excellent location right in the middle
and our room was really nice with an ensuite. We had two danish guys staying with us , who were really sound.

we stayed at an amazing hostel called ¨Loki¨. Mostly populized by europeans, some australians and canadians and just a bunch of Israelis. Loki has clean rooms, great design, hot showers (wonderful) and clean toilets with toilet paper and even soap (rare in bolivia). Loki´s
kitchen is fairly decent and every night there´s a celebration going on
at the bar until about 1:00, then they try to kick you out to one of the clubs in the area.

What can you do in La paz in just 6 days?... 

I´ll try to give you a taste of it.

First of all - La paz is famous for its colorful markets which offers
very cheap souvenirs, gifts and everything you can possibly imagine
(clothes, food, medicine etc). Prices are cheap, people are eager to sell and it´s very easy to find
your way around the city by walking. The only problem is the altitude...
Dizzyness, short breath, strange stomach, lack of energy, lack of
appetite... all of these are symptoms of altitude sickness. You can
either take pills, chew coca leaves (supposed to work) or just get used
to it. Either way - you´re not going for jogging or excercise in the
near few days...
If you had fun during the day, just wait for the night...The danish guy called Martin took us to nightclub, and at the end - as per his request - to a place called Routa 36.
For those of you who are not familiar with the situation in Bolivia,Cocaine is definately not legal. However you can get it off the streets (just ask a taxi driver) or go to the infamous cocain bar - Routa 36. The place changes address all the time because of police raids, but if
you manage to get there you might be surprised to see a normal looking
bar/club. Don´t let that fool you... right after you order the drinks they simply ask ¨How many grams?¨ and then you can buy cocaine by the gram to be consumed there. I didn´t try it, but friends of mine said that it was nice, but still - the first and last time. 

Anyway - If this is what you´re looking for - try to
find this place (although I heard that they mix it with stuff so
it might not be so wise to try it there for the first time).
Loki nights are awesome... Alcohol is good (in Bolivian standard), the music
is great, the food is wonderful and the people are awesome. we´ve been
drinking there most nights, but it cost me the next morning which
always seemed to begin around 12:00 for me (and for a lot of other
people). I´ve also heard a great quote over here - ¨Never drink with Irish
people¨. Well, it might also be ¨Always drink with Irish people¨ -
depends on the desired result for the other drinkers.It´s great the way everyboby loves the irish , so i´ve come to notice.

 It was a really great few days and we got to see the city at our own
pace without having to rush around too much and it gave us both a chance
to acclimatise to the altitude in preparation for our hikes that are
coming up in the next week.

Next stop Lake Titticaca…

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tina on

looks like party all the way , glad to here u behaved yourself and stayed away from the coke lol:),

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