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Oct 18, 2019 - Touring La Paz From the Teleferico

Decided to tour and view La Paz by the Teleferico System, a signature achievement of President Evo Morales. The system was designed & built by the Austrian company Dopplemayer; of whose ski area lift systems I've used throughout Europe & North America. The system began operation in 2014 with three lines, added two more in 2017 & 2018, and is now comprised of 10 lines, totaling 19 miles & 31 stations. Each cabin, which arrives/departs every 12 seconds, can accommodate 10 passengers. La Paz has a population of 900,000 and adjacent El Alto...

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Oct 17, 2019 - La Paz - The Air is Thin Up Here !

Due to the proximity, and that neither of us has ever visited Bolivia, we flew from Cusco to La Paz. The airport is actually in El Alto (13,620' elevation), as La Paz is located in a canyon/valley (nowhere to put an airport into which I'd want to fly !), though at 11,900' elevation. Arriving at the airport we definitely felt the lack of oxygen, and descending down to La Paz did not result in much respite - the air is thin, and oxygen scarce ! Although only ~800' higher than Cusco the feeling of light-headedness felt more pervasive in La...

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Sep 5, 2018 - Trinidad to La Paz

Today a lazy start. Breakfast at the Hotel and another mediocre breakfast. The bare minimum provided. Only one other guest at brekkie. We repack and reorganise our bags from the small black bag back into our suitcase. Lots of dirty clothes, so the laundry service in Santiago is going to be busy. At 11am we wander out for a coffee. The only coffee cafe we can find makes their coffee with Nescafe instant. Oh well! We get one BOL4 < A$1. On the way back we see a children's store and get 4 outfits, 2 for boys, 2 for girls - covering all...

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Aug 27, 2018 - Cuzco to La Paz

We were too early for breakfast this morning as we catch an Uber to the airport for our flight to La Paz arriving at 10.20. We are supposed to have had a connecting flight at 3.20 straight to Trinidad but this flight has been cancelled and the flight Kiwi.com have re-booked us on is at 10.30. Not going make that! Kiwi.com reservations were supposed to fix this but of course we have heard nothing, so we are going to have to sort it once we get into La Paz. We arrive in La Paz and head straight to Bolivianas de Aviacion counter where they...

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Jan 25, 2018 - Day 2 in La Paz stuck back in hotel

Hoping to go golfing but weather currently raining in town but hopefully clear in mountains. Unfortunately it was not weather that stopped mr playing but a bloody 24 hour walk out by the taxi unions. There we were ready to leave at 09:30 and were told that no taxis would be operating today as no taxi private or local authority would dare to operate and cross the picket lines across the capital. So not only are we not going golf but cannot travel anywhere as the possible threat of violence was high and neither the hotel or the Bolivian Tour...

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Jan 25, 2018 - Druken musings

Alison has requested that I remove this page and replace it with something more acceptable Therefore I asked our guide Wendy why is " comment Ta llamas? Spoken as jamas" (What is your name?) is the word name for name spelt exactly the same as llamas the animal. She explained that like most things in life failures in communication have consequences. And so it was that when the Spanish invaded Peru they had never seen llamas before and naturally pointed at the Llamas and asked the local incas " what is their name" comment ta llamas?....

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Jan 24, 2018 - La Paz after lunch day 1

We continued our journey with Alicia our shoeshiner, who carried the tools of her trade with her. We visited a market place built like a maze and full of exciting shops where everything under the sun, including Guinea pigs were available to buy, eat and cook all on the stools. We saw many dehydrated vegetables, seeds , meats and fish all from around Bolivia. We came out in area were the ladies hats were for sale at £60, Alpachas shawls at £300 and to kit out a girl in full costume it would cost £2000. Mind blowing given such poverty....

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Jan 24, 2018 - La Paz City Tour first half day

Today is Wednesday and we awake to an another fantastic view out of our room overlooking Las Paz and the Andian Mountains that surround this metropolis of 1.6m people mainly indigenous people wearing their national dress with the women wearing their distinctive bowler hats and colourful dresses and using the shawls as back packs for everything including babies, weeks shopping or even car engines that have been procured. We find out that Lap Paz is.not the capital city but Sucre is and the city is in at least 8 different districts, with the...

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Sep 3, 2017 - La Paz

We don't bother to go back to bed as we feel okay and got enough sleep on the bus. We have breakfast first and then we get our big suitcases from the Hotel storeroom and start to amalgamate everything back together. This will be interesting as we did have to buy quite a few warm clothes. Mid morning we have a break and go to Cafe del Mundo for a coffee. At 11 am we meet Eilis in the foyer as we are going to meet an American guy who talks about his 16 years in San Pedro Prison in La Paz for smuggling drugs. We are early for the meeting place...

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Aug 26, 2017 - City tour of La Paz

A city tour of La Paz this morning with our new group. Marco meets us at he Hotel at 9am and we head along Avenida 16 de Julio which has a large medium strip running between the four lane roads. We have fond memories of this area as we stayed in a Hotel on this road when we were here in 2004. We had our boots, from trekking to Machu Picchu, cleaned here by the shoe shine boys that frequented this strip between the two roads. They polished them up and got rid of any tace of soil so we could get them back into Australia. We also go past our...

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Aug 25, 2017 - El Alto

Happy Birthday Phil! We are booked on a tour this morning and our guide Sergio meets us at the Hotel. We set off in the first of 4 local transport options, a local bus to the second transport option, a cable car. La Paz now has 4 cable car lines, green, yellow, red (as on their flag) and also a blue. This new transport system, built by the Swiss has only been in operation 3 years but it has transformed the lives of the locals as it works perfectly in hilly La Paz. We travel 4 kms on the yellow line and have amazing views of La Paz, sitting...

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Aug 24, 2017 - La Paz

No rushing anywhere this morning. We have breakfast in the Hotel and then continue with some more shopping. I get a new pair of Merrells, my favourite outdoor shoes which are super comfy and some thermals for those cold temperatures ahead of us. I think we are all prepared now but we will be living in the same clothes for a week. We didn't want to buy too much stuff as we have to get it all to Santiago on 4 September. Lunch was at The English Pub, not very Bolivian, but they make a good tuna, avocado and mayo roll, which we shared. This...

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