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A LITTLE COCAINE WITH YOUR ALPACA SHAWL ANYONE?

SEEING THE BEAUTY AND THE DARK SIDE OF LA PAZ

sunny 14 °C

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La Paz is a beautiful city and we had a chance to explore it first with our guide Juan and later by ourselves.

First we went to a high point to get a view of the city below.

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Next stop was the Moon Valley which was named after Neil Armstrong visited and described the landscape to be just like a moon valley. Of course it was a less developed back then but the combination of rain on the mud makes an interesting landscape.

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We stopped at another high view point before heading down to the local square where Isaac once again joined the police for a photo op. There were lots of locals enjoying a Sunday afternoon.

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Check out the numbers on the clock. The designer thought this is how it should look in the southern hemisphere.

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After lunch, we visited the famous witches’ market which is really more of a handicraft market. There are a few shops that sell supplies for black and white magic which is still practiced today in Bolivia. In addition, llama fetuses are used for sacrifice in the region. There were all these silly looking gods as well. They looked more like dolls.

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We had a quick look there before spending the afternoon poking in and out of shops. We did notice some locals selling drugs but they were not interfering at all. But, at one point while the grownups were looking at the alpaca products, a drug dealer approached the kids to see if they were interested in cocaine. When I approached and asked what was happening, I heard him say something about the “madre”, Spanish for mother and that was the end of that.

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We stopped by San Francisco Cathedral before making our way back to the hotel in time to catch our overnight bus to Uyuni. The bus left La Paz at 9pm and arrived at 7pm. The bus was comfortable with seats that reclined almost flat so we all got a reasonable amount of sleep. A big step up from our hippie bus ride the day before.

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popcorn

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These ladies are called chola derived from the Spanish for pretty.

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Posted by curlygirl 02:55 Archived in Bolivia Tagged bolivia salt flats uyuni

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Those poor baby llamas! :(

by Shirley

Beautiful and interesting pictures. Issac is your madre ruining your good time? Ha! Come home soon.

by Sharon Bailey

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