Monday, November 14, 2011

La Paz, Bolivia

After our unexpected visit to Iquique, we ended up having to buy plane tickets to La Paz, so including the replacement plane tickets we had to buy from Santiago, we had a very expensive couple of days, so it was great to finally arrive in La Paz.  Of course, the first thing that happened was that we got scammed by a taxi driver! Grrr... I had agreed to a price of 50 Bolivianos, which was the going rate, but after we got in the taxi, and he locked our bags in the trunk and started driving, he told us that it was actually going to be 50 Bolivianos each!! What a jerk... he also drove like a maniac, so it was nice to get out of the taxi and settle into our hostel.  It was really cool, with murals everywhere, and we had a huge room with a balcony and bathroom so it was perfect for our 3 nights in La Paz. As we were walking to the front door (puffing like crazy because of the altitude), our friend Mark who Sam had gone for the polar bear dip in Patagonia with, happened to stick his head out of the window- his room was right next to ours!  The next day we wandered around the city and walked up to a view point where you could see for kilometres.  The view was crazy, as La Paz is in a valley, and the houses go forever.  We really enjoyed wandering around, and taking in the atmosphere of the city, and finally eating some good food!!  On our 3rd day, we did the 'most dangerous road' bike ride with a company called Gravity Downhill, which was superb- I would recommend doing this if you ever get the chance, the scenery is incredible- the mountains are so steep its crazy to think that it was an actually highway not that long ago.  We also did a flying fox over the valley after lunch at a wildlife sanctuary (which was a bit of a disappointment, and not at all like it had been described unfortunately).

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