BA - Santiago - La Paz

Trip Start Jan 2003
Trip End Dec 2003

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Thursday, November 6, 2003

Day 275 - 276 - Buenos Aires - Santiago - La Paz

Nearly forty days after first entering Argentina, we had to leave. As should have been evident from what I've written, it's been a real hit and I know we'll miss many aspects of Argentinian life, not least the food and wine. It's (both the country and the people) stylish and attractive but it's also underpriced. I know this last part is a relatively new phenomenon but I couldn't stop feeling that with every purchase and every dinner we were getting a top quality product at rock bottom prices. the economic crash even seems to be to the benefit of a lot of Argentinians we met too as opportunities arose for many in industry when the cost of imports rose relatively. With so much to offer (there's a lot more we could have done) I can't see a reason why anyone could fail to enjoy a trip there and at half Europe's or North America's prices I'd suggest it to be, at the very least tempting. Now that my piece for the Argentinian tourist board is over......

A brief overnight in Santiago airport was necessary en route to La Paz, Bolivia where, providing the news and information we're receiving is correct and up to date, the recent political unrest should be over. One of Bolivia's claims to fame is the number of world records it holds for high stuff. We're now settled into a hotel in the world's highest capital city after safely landing at the world's highest international airport.

The city's location is inspiring and not until the taxi we took from the airport was almost on top of the city could you see it. It's positioned within a bowl so from ground level you can't see anything but when you're in it, buildings stretch up all sites creating an amphitheatre where homes and offices are the spectators. Unfortunately all this altitude has caused the inevitable altitude sickness and my first day here has been spent feeling groggy and knackered. Hopefully we should acclimatise but we're trying to get out as soon as possible at the minute. To be fair we will be returning but at the minute there are many places I would rather be.
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