Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
77Trip End May 21, 2011
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La Paz has many markets, our local being the Witches' Market, where they sell llama foetuses and dried frogs for rituals, as well as soapstone figurines and aphrodisiac formulas. Also there are many shops and street vendors selling alpaca and llama knitwear with traditional patterns catering for both locals and tourists. As soon as we set foot from our budget hotel, smells of the market hit us, along with traffic fumes of old cars and buses battling up the steep streets.
We celebrated my birthday in La Paz after returning from the jungle
La Paz has so much to offer and we could have easily spent longer there. The views were incredible, especially from the Mirador that offered panoramic views of the city, the shopping opportunities were endless and the people were friendly. We had to always be careful when walking the steep streets due to the altitude as the thin air really limited the capacity of our lungs. It was somewhat of a relief to know that from La Paz, we were escaping the high altitude to venture into the low lying Pampas and Amazon Jungle for a week. After the Jungle tour, we returned back to La Paz to re-acclimatize for two further days before catching the bus to Copacabana.