The "Dizzying" sky high capital of Bolivia with an altitude of 3660m . The first glimpse of the sprawling city from El Alto was breath taking. We have arrived in the city in the chilly early evening of 21st of September. A late dinner at a Turkish kebab joint within the busy alleys of the city after settling in our hotel was our first acquaintance with La Paz.
We explored the city on foot the next day. The streets are interesting to peruse, lots of slopes and cobblestone paths lined with Spanish colonial houses. We followed the Lonely Planet guided tour. It started at Plaza San Francisco all the way to Witches' Market.
|Plaza San Francisco|
|Mercado de Hicheria (Witches' Market)|
We walked all the way to Mercado Negro and Parque Nationale. In between, we went to a chicken fastfood called Chiky Pollo and had lunch at the roof top while we watched a protest rally in the street. Next thing we knew, I was coughing a lot and realized that was my first taste of tear gas.
To our delight, once we reached Plaza Murillo, a traditional festival was taking place and we watched these men and women perform in their colorful costumes. Women twirled continuously like there's no such thing as dizziness and altitude sickness.
|Plaza de Armas|
La Paz got me mesmerized. We left to catch a bus to get to Uyuni that evening at 8:30PM.
All these memories make me want to pack my bags and go back to South America again.