The Day of the Culture Festival
Bolivia was such a great experience for me. I was able to stay in both the city and in very rural, remote areas. The people are the greatest! The rainforest is very beautiful-something out of National Geographic or something.
ahh beer... the fermented yeast that we all love to have. OK, in Bolivia you got two choices... Pilsners or some Weird Thick tasting stuff called El Inca, that tastes a bit Stout-e but has 3.5 percent alcohol. boo!!!! OK so beer here is all Pilsner, which sucks.. I am an IPA man myself, I love a good Stout too. That being said Beer selection is real slim.. The local beer is Pacena, Huari, Taquina, and Bock. Now Bock is the 7% beer thats like Malt Liquor in the states.. You have been warned. It tastes like a malty Budweiser. Lots of malt, no hops, so.. its pretty bad but for 7% its not that bad. You can go to places in Bolivia that sell German Beer, but that's at restaurants. YOu want beer from the Liq store, or stores on the corner you are limited to Pilsners. Now.. If you want a can or bottle of beer, 12oz it will cost you 7bs, or 1 USD. Now the bargin is the 750 ml brew that are 11 or 12 bs. Now.. the catch is you need to A) bring an empty 750ml bottle in exchange, or put down a 5bs Charge for the bottle, which you will get a receipt for and you get your 5bs back if you can stumble your way or find your way back to the store the next day, or week.. I mean whose gonna keep a beer bottle?? So it sucks that you can't get the big 750ml without a major hastle, but you can drink them in stores, they will even pour the whole thing out and put it into a plastic bag.. I am not sh*ting you!! Also its legal to drink in the street after dark. You can walk around with a cold one or settle into a park bench and lay a blanket out and give to the needy. So enjoy your pilsners responsibly.. God.. I miss good beer! :(
From Punata, I went to Cliza en route to Tarata. Tarata is a lovely colonial town. It is a nice place to relax for the afternoon. The town is a bit worn down, but it will make for a nice place to walk around.
The city where I was born and I love, if you can, come to visit us.
A view to "El Cristo de la Concordia" big statute of Jesus Christ, higher than the Cristo del Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. A great overviews of the city is offered from the top of the monument.