Chillin' wit' my witches

Trip Start Jun 19, 2010
Trip End Aug 29, 2010

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

After a loud night of partying, we grabbed some of Copacabana's delicious fresh bread and hopped on the next bus to La Paz. We had heard that Bolivia's bus drivers were by far the craziest in SA, which is really saying something. However, we couldn't figure out which was the best company to take to La Paz, so we just hopped on the next one.

The bus driver ended up being one of the best we'd had on the trip. The only interesting part of the journey was when we stopped after only an hour into our three hour journey and I heard "bajan...blah blah blah...barco."  We followed the other passengers off the bus and quickly figured out that the bus was to take a raft across the small water channel in front of us while we were to hop on a little boat that would ferry us across. We met the boat on the other side, piled in, and drove on.

We decided to stay at a small hostel adjacent to the Mercado de las Brujas (Witch's Market). The stalls are replete with curiosities, the most pronounced of which are the dried llama fetuses. Apparently, superstitious home buyers will bury one under their porch upon completion of the sale.

The next day we headed to the contemporary art museum of La Paz. The building was designed by Eiffel of the big tower in Paris fame. Great ironwork and stained glass. Also, the art was pretty cool.

After some art, we headed to Mirador Laikakota for a great view of the city and lots of screaming children. We played some foosball with the local hotshots before heading back to the hostel.

The next day we headed to Valle de la Luna, a park just outside the main city that looks like you're on the moon, or some acid-trip induced version of it. It was pretty cool, but small and we'd already seen some pretty gnarly land formations on our trip. I wished I'd organized a trip to the top of Chacaltaya, apparently you can just walk from the car up to the 17,000 ft summit in under an hour.

We also visited the Plaza Murillo to see the presidential palace and other buildings with large Bolivian flags on them.

I especially liked Bolivia's beer, Paceņa. It's slogan is, no joke, "Es cerveza." It's beer. Just shut up and drink it.
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