Keeping the peace in La Paz
Trip Start Jan 16, 2008
37Trip End Jan 01, 2009
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Well we thought we´d left the cold behind, but had to bear it for another 12 hours on the bus into La Paz from Uyuni and it was, at times, unbearable. I think the bus had a fever as, one side of it was like a freezer and the other like a volcano! So there was a lot of disgruntled passengers! It was an overnight trip so we arrived in La Paz at around 7am. We did have some good luck when we got to the hostel though as it was Irish owned, called The Wild Rover and sold Guinness and Tayto´s (Irish crisps) so there was little home comfort there. Traveling to La Paz we met up with Tristan, (who we´d met briefly a few times in various spots in Argentina) and Carly, both from Tasmania, or Tazzie, as they prefer to call it! And also with Rachel and Emmanuel, from Canada, so at least there was a decent sized group of us to be able to laugh at bus trip
We´d come to La Paz to take it easy, unfortunately this wasn´t to be the case as we signed up to do "Death Road", a mountain bike trip down one of the most dangerous roads in the world. The road itself used to be used as the main road through the mountains and as a result of the narrow, gravel filled track, it resulted in a lot of deaths over the years. Now a days though, it´s not as scary and is used mainly for bike trips and tour companies. We´d heard some horror stories of people falling off the cliff while cycling down it and were preparing for the worst. I wish I could say it was death defying and terrifying but to be honest it was quite tame, and ended up being a very good bike ride through some fantastic scenery. Although we got filthy dirty and rained on for most of it, it was amazing...apart from one really annoying Israeli guy in the group who got on everyone´s nerves so much he nearly became another statistic on the Death Road list!!!
La Paz city itself is very very big, and all the roads are on massively steep hills, which are tough climb up especially as cos of the altitude, 3,640 metres above sea level, were quite tough on the legs and the heart! It did however have hundreds of markets spreading for miles, where absolutely anything can be bought, from electrical goods to lollipops
Back in the land of the The Wild Rover hostel however, there was the important matter of the Heroes and Villans theme night. So obviously as the name entails, everyone had to dress up as either a hero or a villan. Eoin chose Clark Kent, I went as Spiderman, Tristan decided on Guile from the Streetfighter video game, and Carly went as, well, herself, based on a t-shirt she bought with her initials on it,CH,and then as you can see from the photos, added lots of tinsel and colour. Eoin came up with another name for the CH on the t-shirt, unfortunately I can´t print it here, so I´ll let you use your imaginations!
The night went great and we were definitely the best dressed room in the hostel
So we ended our time in La Paz on a good note and headed for Cusco in Peru and planned to see Machu Pichu and the Inca sights, which will all be in the next one.
All the best