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Villa Pabón

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  • Day425

    La Paz

    July 5 in Bolivia

    La Paz is a big city of ~2.3 million people and built on some seriously steep ridges and valleys. It’s definitely not a beautiful city as the buildings are mostly unfinished brick and there doesn’t seem to be very effective building codes or city planning – it looks like parts of India in that way. Despite this, we’ve really enjoyed it here. It’s one of those cities that has lots of hidden treasures behind ugly walls and we’ve found some wonderful cafes, restaurants and museums in courtyards that you’d never realize were there. It also has a very inventive public transport system - Mi Teleferico - a network of gondolas that offer great views of the city and are surprisingly quiet and relaxing.
    The restaurant scene has also been a surprise. We enjoyed an incredible meal at Gustu – a restaurant started by the former co-founder of Noma (yes – THAT famous Danish restaurant). This is a concept that aims to train a new generation of Bolivian chefs to showcase their unique ingredients and culture. We loved it…we have to say we thought the food was much better than at Peru’s Central.
    It’s been a surprise to us how much we like Bolivia. It’s our favorite country in South/Central America. There’s such a good diversity of experiences you can have here, the people are great, the culture is interesting and seems so much more authentic than many other places we’ve visited...and it’s incredibly affordable. The only downside it the altitude. We’ve been fine, but it does wreak havoc with your basic bodily functions such as breathing and digestion.
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  • Day176

    Descente de la route de la mort à vélo

    November 5, 2017 in Bolivia

    Aujourd'hui c'est repos pour Julie puisque je vais faire la fameuse descente de la route de la mort en vélo : 60 kms de descente sur une route en terre avec pour principal décor... un précipice !!! Donc disons qu'il vaut mieux éviter de quitter la piste.

    J'ai de la chance car je la fais avec Brieuc, le suisse rencontré à Rurrenabaque, que j'ai motivé et qui est super fun. L'agence que j'ai choisi offre des supers vélos Giant tout suspendu, avec protections pour le corps et casque intégral, parfait pour envoyer du lourd!!! La descente démarre à 5000m d'altitude sous le soleil et quelques kilomètres goudronnés histoire de tester et s'habituer au vélo mais très vite nous nous retrouvons sous une forte pluie et une température assez basse mais au final cela nous va bien car ça rajoute un peu de piment à cette descente. Durant toute la descente, nous avons un guide qui ouvre la piste et un qui reste à la fin du groupe.

    Brieuc et moi aimant bien la vitesse, nous faisons donc la descente à l'avant avec le guide, le reste du groupe étant beaucoup plus "sage". Le guide voyant que ce n'est quand même pas la première fois que nous faisons du vélo et que nous sommes chauds, augmente la cadence histoire qu'on se fasse bien plaisir mais nous interdit tout de même de le doubler histoire de limiter nos envies et les risques. Dommage... ou pas.
    ..
    Après quelques petites frayeurs, quelques beaux petits sauts et passages sous des cascades naturelles, nous finissons cette descente à 1500m d'altitude et une température bien plus tropicale, complètement trempés de la tête au pied, mais ravis.

    Histoire de se requinquer, nous allons déjeuner dans un resto avec piscine, parfait pour finir cette belle journée où nous n'avons pas participé à augmenter les statistiques de cette route mortelle.
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  • Day67

    Auf zurück nach Cochabamba

    October 22 in Bolivia

    Morgens nach einer schnellen, sogar warmen Dusche und einem Frühstück, haben wir uns an den Ticketkauf für die Rückreise nach Cochabamba gemacht. Gesagt getan, dieses mal hatten wir aber leider keinen so bequemen Bus. Nur einen normalen. Da wir aber nicht über Nacht gefahren sind, war das in Ordnung.
    Nach dem Ticketkauf, hieß es erstmal ein Frühstück suchen. Also haben wir die orangene Teleferico genommen und haben uns dort ein zweites Frühstück gesucht. Nach eine bisschen Stadtbesichtigung dort sind wir zurück ins Zentrum gefahren, und haben uns noch etwas mit den AFS Leuten aus La Paz getroffen. Nach einen kleinen Mittagessen und etwas Zeitvertreib haben wir uns schlussendlich auch wieder auf den weg zum Busterminal gemacht und sind gegen 16 Uhr dort abgefahren.
    Nach etwa 8h fahrt, leider zum größten Teil im dunklen, sind wir auch endlich wieder im warmen Cochabamba angekommen :)
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  • Day319

    La Paz, Bolivia

    March 28 in Bolivia

    We made it to the dirty, grity, and yet surprisingly likable high-altitude city of La Paz (3640m)! We stayed at an infamous party hostel and while fun, upon leaving La Paz Whit and I desperately needed some R&R.

    We took a walking tour of the city, learning about Bolivia's recent political history, strange cultural customs associated with the witcher's market, and the infamous San Pedro prison which, according to our guide, has a cocaine factory running inside. While Whit relaxed in our hostel, I braved the Death Road by mountain bike, the world's most dangerous road. The scenery was amazing and the sheer drops on one side definitely got the adrenaline pumping. La Paz is implementing a public transport gondola system to get around the city. While a few lines will be completed late this year, those that are up and running are fantastic, and make for a great way to get around the city. We used these gondolas to ascend to La Paz's hills for some stunning views of the city.Read more

  • Day21

    Orange line on public cable car

    October 20, 2017 in Bolivia

    From Laikakota, we took a taxi to the Villaroel, the last stop on the public cable car on the orange line. We then took a ticket to the center of the town for 3.50 b$. The ride was smooth and had spectacular views of the town and the hills around. The cabims were very clean and the glass on the windows very clear. This is the highest operating public cable car system in the world.

  • Day36

    La Paz, Bolivia

    June 16, 2017 in Bolivia

    Today we had a real adventure and crossed the border into Blovia (where we sadly had to say goodbye to our intrepid leader). We headed straight to the city and checked into our lovely Hotel, which had a great location and beautiful view of the square ..... and San Pedro prison next door.
    Soon after check in we headed out for a walk through the city were we checked out the local witches market. They had lots of lovely things to see here, including dead or dried llamas at varying ages of infantcy. Lucky our guide knew one of the stall holders so we could take a picture for you all to see the the beauty of this.
    We discovered the best thing about Bolivia is how cheap everything is.
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  • Day41

    Bolivien

    October 9 in Bolivia

    Von Chile gehts in die Höhe zur bolivianischen Grenze. Mit einer kleinen Gruppe fahren wir richtung Salzwüste, vorbei an farbigen Lagunen, Bergen, pinken Flamingos und unzähligen Lamas. In der Nacht wird es bitterkalt, immerhin befinden wir uns immer auf mindestens 4000 müM. Dennoch ist die Landschaft wunderschön und wir geniessen die Ruhe und Einsamkeit.

    Danach gehts zur Kolonialstadt Sucre wo wir durch die hübschen Gassen schlendern und die Märke unsicher machen. Am besten schmecken uns die getrockneten Kartoffeln, die heimischen Avocados und die leckeren Eintöpfe (von denen wir nicht immer wissen was genau drin ist).

    In der höchstgelegenen Hauptstadt der Welt, la Paz, verbringen wir nur zwei Tage. Das Wetter ist kühl und es regnet. Ausserdem ist jeder noch so kleine Anstieg sehr anstrengend.

    Bevor wir die Grenze nach Peru überqueren, besichtigen wir noch den riesigen Titicacasee (wo schon Eugen seinen Schatz vermutet hat). Der See ist zehn Mal grösser wie der Bodensee und bekannt für seine Forellen, die wir natürlich auch gleich probieren.
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  • Day139

    La Paz

    April 15, 2016 in Bolivia

    We arrive early in the morning, and for he first time Mark and I have not prebooked a hostel. In hindsight this is maybe not a good idea, but we agree to follow a coule of uys off the bus who have one booked.Its about a 15minute walk from the station, but i have to say the altitude is still bothering me. We are at 3500m above sea level and the oxygen content is about 70%, so the slightest bit of exercise leaves me breathless. As we walk along the street its very appaent how much bigger this city is and the fumes here are also greater , hey certainly dont have emission testing here. When we arrive at the hostel there are no rooms, and even the guys that have prebooked are told that there reservation isnt confirmed. Luckily here is another hostel direcly opposite and whil i wait with he bags Mark goes over and gets us booked in. We have a double room(surprise surprise) but to be honest after the bus ride and the party hostel i am ready for a good nights sleep. We take a little wonder around the area surrounding the hostel. The Presidents residence dominates the plaza close to us and is drowned with military and body guards to a point we are asked to cross the street instead of walking in front. We make our way down to the centre taking a short walk round the market which is packed with stalls selling various wares from household items to flower stalls to fruit veg and meat stalls. The crazy part is that all the flower stalls are together , the same with the fruit etc etc , its a shock any of them make a living. We casually walk around the square taking in the huge Sebastian Cathedral, and somehow ending up in the English bar. We have a couple of games of pool and Mark thrashes me, a quick bite to eat and then more exploring of the city. The place is so big and the traffic situation is crazy, I've nearly been runover 3 times and we've only been here a few hours. Mark lost his knee support so for a couple of hours we go into every chemist looking for one, but to no avail, then luckily I spot a sports shop selling trophies etc and asked in there, Mark now has support again and I'm glad because he's really struggled this past few weeks. We head back to the hostel and share a few beers when outside I hear a commotion as I go to the entrance a girl is out cold lying in the entrance of the hostel, I grab a pillow, and ask for a glass of water, I'm pretty scared as her eyes are irratic beneath her eyelids and she is out cold for a good 4 mins or so, then she wakes up and isn't even aware what happened, I take her into the hostel and sit her down, apparently she has had these quite regularly back home but they can't find anything wrong, but I insist she needs to go back to her doctor when she gets back to Switzerland. Mummying duties done for the day and Mark not even noticed me missing I head back, finish off my beer and retire to bed.Read more

  • Day9

    Sagarnaga

    March 24, 2017 in Bolivia

    Today we went around San Miguel where mom got her hair done and then we ate at a nice restaurant for lunch. After resting at the house for a bit mom & I went to Uptown La Paz again - the main street with the little shops is called Sagarnaga. We walked up and down the street looking for a shop that sold beautiful paintings... Finally we found it! I bought one from the painter and I'm excited to put it in my house! Mom & I then ate at a small restaurant that looked exactly like the house mom & dad lived in Cochabamba when they were first married, which was dad's grandma's house.
    That night we went to Mariel's house (Willy's daughter) to eat Chinese food dinner.
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  • Day9

    Sucre

    June 8 in Bolivia

    La Paz is often named as the capital of Bolivia however in reality the capital is Sucre. This is the main thing that I learned during a walking tour of Sucre. Bolivia has four main government departments but three of them are in La Paz including the President's house however Sucre remains as the Capital. It is also a World Heritage Site as it is known as the "White City of South America" since all of the buildings are painted white within city. We walked through the market learning about different fruit and meat that are sold in the large market area. We saw the weaving art that indigenous Bolivian people created and learned about the history of the independence war when the Spanish were finally driven out of Bolivia. The final stop on the tour was to watch the sunsetting over the beautiful city. The tour was actually one of the best walking tours that we have done on our travels not only because of the interesting history of the city or due to the stunning white buildings but also because our tour guide Louis was very enthusiastic about the city he grew up in so made the tour more fun.

    Sucre is also famous for it's chocolate so of course we had to try some. Chocolate Para Ti is the most famous company and I can reveal that their chocolate tasted delicious. We even tried Quinoa chocolate and that tasted great too. Hopefully we can find this chocolate again in other cities along our trip.

    Soccer is the main sport in South America and we hoped to attend a match somewhere along our trip so when we found out from our hostel that their would be a match on during our stay in Sucre we were delighted. We couldn't find any information about this match on the internet so we didn't think that it would be big however when we arrived at the stadium their was thousands of people queuing for tickets. Luckily we managed to buy four tickets (€3 each) and after more queuing we got into the stadium just in time to watch the teams walk out on the pitch. We didn't even know who was playing or who was favourites but we decided to support the reds since we were sitting in their area of the stadium. We learned later that the reds were Wilstermann from Cochabamba while the yellows were The Strongest from La Paz. The supporters of both teams never stopped jumping around and chanting for the full ninety minutes of the game it was funny listening to them trying to be louder than the other supporters. We may have also took part in the chanting even though we didn't know exactly what they were saying as it was all in Spanish but we picked up some words that we knew. It is worth noting that selling alcohol at soccer games in South America is illegal so all of these supporters were sober but they still chanted during the whole game. The match itself wasn't too bad as it ended up 2:2 and three of the goals were scored in the goal we were closest to which was a bonus. After ninety minutes we thought the game was over and were ready to go home however none of the supporters were leaving and we soon realised that the game wasn't over. However instead of extra time it went to penilities which took place in our goal end. I got renewed energy as I have never been to a match with penilities so it was exciting. Unfortunately the penilities were shocking and it took nine penilities from each time to finally decide a winner. Our team the reds (Wilstermann) eventually won so we jumped around as though we were die-hard fans but as Eadaoin put it "Laois don't win much so I'm not used winning anything". We then realised that it was the final of the La Liga de Futbol Profesional Boliviano so Wilstermann lifted the trophy and we laughed about how we managed to go to a soccer game without realising it was a final until the end and our team won. It was the best excitement I think I've ever had at any soccer game. We may start following Bolivian soccer games from now on.
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