The village of Laja is 38 km west of La Paz on the road from El Alto to Tiahuanaco. It is the original location of La Paz. Captain Alonzo de Mendoza was told to found a city no later than 20 Oct 1548. This was where he chose. The original name was Laxa. When gold was found in the Choqueyapu valley, the city was moved there. Besides the weather was better in the valley than out on the Altiplano. See also a separate travelogue.
The La Paz Hash House Harriers is a great way to meet new people, see the city and have a great time, whether you're new to La Paz or just looking for something to do on Saturdays. It's quite literally a chance to get off the beaten path too, as you never know where that day's run is marked to take you. If you're not familiar with the HHH, it's something of a loosely organized international club of "drinkers with a running problem". They get together on a few Saturdays a month to go on a brisk (or harrowing, you set your own pace) jaunt around the city, then meet back at home base to sing, drink, get a clever nickname, and generally have a good time. Every age group, sex, creed, running and drinking level is welcome. Especially if you're a backpacker or tourist jetting through, most regulars are ex-pats or foriegners, so it's a great chance to see familiar-type faces. It truly is the Highest known HHH in the world, with the majority of the city resting above 12,000 feet. If you haven't been in La Paz long, you'll find lightly jogging or walking the trail might be the easiest; the best part is the socializing at the end anyway. Otherwise, you'll get a chance to really get those lungs pumping at an altitude where planes don't land, they stop! So if you're in the city, visit the La Paz HHH headquarters at the Britannia pub on Ballivian. Ask the owner who to get in contact with for the next run, or visit their website for info. Cheers!
'Muela del Diablo'. Is a small hill near La Paz, it has a great view of La Paz, and topology like 'moon valley' but its still natural.
Its a half day walk. To get there take a taxi or bus to 'el pedregal'. A taxi would cost $2.5. Many locals go on Sunday.
These tables are outside of a hostel and the folks there are all backpackers who will eventually be moving on to greater heights.
We are so very envious of the young college age folks who are able to travel all over the World these days, something we simply could not do, back when. They envy us because we can spend the rest of our lives doing all the traveling we want. Guess it's a tradeoff.
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