Visit the local markets...
Visit the local markets specially “Las Siete Calles”, “Los Pozos” y “Mercado Nuevo”. They are all in “El Centro” and are relatively save. “La Ramada” is probably the largest market and is quite a culture shock for any body from abroad. He you have to be a little more careful, it is just outside “El Centro” and close to the bus station.
Sausage Cruz de la Sierra
We arrived there coming from Brazil-Bolivia border, in the "Expresso del Oriente" train, also known as "Trem da Morte" (Detah Train). The explanation to this name is in the 70's that train took corpses from Malaria infection to the cities.
We arrived there in the night. Went to a restaurant. We were originally 6, by now we were 17, among brasilienses, paulistas and americans. We sat and asked for chicken. I asked for the Saltipapas, a mix of sausage, potatoes and the bolivian national sauce: ketchup, mostard and mayonese.
After that we went to a nearby bar, the only open that time. Red lights, semi-nude woman, suspect people. Well, what the hell, let's have fun anyway. We drank, danced and talked to the professional ladies. Also tought them how to dance samba!
We resisted till morning, when we could get the bus to Cochabamba, and from there to La Paz.
The girl outside the train, taking pictures, is my friend Bruna.