After an overnight flight from Miami we arrived at La Paz, cleared customs, picked up our luggage and were on the bus by 8 am - a foreshadowing of the many early mornings we were to have on the trip
The altitude of the airport is 13325 ft. My watch shows only 12747 ft because a low pressure system affected the reading
The city of La Paz is set in a valley. The lower the area, the more prestigious is the property, The poorer people live hight on the maountain side, or on the plateau above the city.
The main street on which the hotel was located
The slum areas
An orthopeadic clinic occupied the buliding across the street
The presidential Guard
These are tax preparers - the Bolivian equivalent of H&R Block
La Paz sunset
There were long lines outside many offices, waitng for evry conceivable beaurocratic action - issuing certified copies of birth certificates which are required for almost every other transaction, paying utility bills, paying taxes, banking, etc.
City gardens were well maintained
Traffic jams of busses everywhere
We toured the section of the city where all the stores rented costumes for parades. This was the end of the Mardi Gras period, so they were all open. People were returning their costumes.
Sign in the men's toilet.
Next, the market
Air dried potatoes
Lunch was traditional Perivian, with an emphasis on potatoes
We visted the Valley of the Moon, where this man played the pan pipes.
By now we had come to realize that ice-cream was an essential part of every lunch and dinner. Who's complaining?
Next we visited a "Witches Shop (sic)". Cures and causes for every known disease, plus a few unknown diseases, were available. This display included "Snail of Drivel" and other delights.
Llama fetuses had their uses, apparently.
The police dress up to promote the use of - you guessed right - zebra crossings!
Over a million squatters have moved onto the high plateau above La Paz - the Alto Plano (aka Altiplano). In the background - a holy peak.
Brick oven. The government makes clay bricks available at a low cost.
The Alto Plano. High and flat, indeed.
Farm on the Alto Plano