The second half of the trip to La Paz
Trip Start Mar 08, 2005
19Trip End Mar 29, 2005
And it's not that I failed to clarify or asked the wrong questions
So the bus ride was horrific. But it had it's bright spots. The scenery was gorgeous. Lake Titikaka is beautiful. We spent several hours just driving around it. I'll post some photos of the ride.
We finally rolled into La Paz about 6 p.m. on Palm Sunday. So there was a market outside of town that took an hour to get through. Throngs of people lined the highway selling and buying goods. And as a side note, South American figures of Christ are the bloodiest I've ever seen. They really depict the suffering. I assume the Passion was a big hit here. But when you suffer so much in your own life, it's easy to concentrate on the suffering of your savior. Especially since the message is, "Suffer in this life, and have eternal bliss for eternity." It's a popular message, and Christianity is huge in Latin America.
But coming over the mountain and seeing La Paz lit up in the valley below was an amazing sight
So that's a quick synopsis. Let me just reiterate that it felt like the day would never end. It took us 26 hours to get from Aguas Calientes to La Paz. I think it's probably 500 miles as the crow flies. Long, long trip.
That night we ate Chinese food and crashed out in our lovely hotel room. We splurged. Nice room, nice view, private bathroom, 24 hour hot water, cable TV. It put us back almost $14 a night. Oh, and since Bolivia is poor, it's also dirt cheap.