Nearer and farer Surroundings, La Paz
Chacaltaya mountain around 5400 m, 1-2 hrs drive from la paz. They say it was a bolivian skiing RESORT. I was skiing there 2 years ago. There was not too much of it beacuse even during the season ( Feb- April ) there is almost no snow - i would say two 100m sheets of snow divided with rocks. The lift doesn't work so it is pretty painfull to climb the mountain with equipment on your back. And of course one feels a bit dizzy but this is fun actually :-). You can rent equipment remembering times of the stone age up there ( around 10 dollars ). Well, it doesn't remind a resort at all :-). I would say that the only benefit of skiing up there is the possibility of bragging that you have done it on such a high altitude :-).
This is the most visited cemetery of la paz. as you see, most of the people important and simply people are laying here.
Also this is the oldest cemetery in Bolivia.
What i highly recommend to visit is the mausuleum of the soldiers of the Chaco war. (1932-1935) against the troops of Paraguay. and the entrance, which is similar as the arco del triunfo in Paris.
Este museo es visitado por la mayoria de la gente, aca yacen las personas mas importantes y tambien no menos importantes..
lo que realmente les sugiero ver es el pabellon de los heros de la guerra del chaco (1932-1935), contra las tropas paraguayas. y tambien en la entrada se encuentra un arco muy parecido al arco de triunfo en Paris.
This is the house where the mayor and the autorithies of la paz work.
well i don`t have too much to say about it.
En esta casa esta el alcalde y las autoridades de la paz, creo que no tengo mucho que decir de esto. asi que solo contemplenla.
Even if you're not in the Skiing season and won't be able to ski, I'd reccomend a visit to Chacltaya ski resort near La Paz, the highest ski resort in the world. We got a local guide to take us up and hired a small bus a.k.a. a micro (there were about 10 of us) and spent the morning there. You can get a bus right up to the resort, which is around 5000-something metres, where there is a cafý and information about the ski club there. Then you can walk up to the very top, which isn't far, about the height of your average dri ski slope but takes a lot more energy because of the altitude. At the top of this extra slope you'll be at 5,300 metres and the view is stunning. I wouldn't venture up here if you've been suffering from altitude sickness in La Paz it's a LOT higher La Paz is only 3,000and something metres. I plan to return here during the skiing season (around Jan) to give that a go, apparently it's extremely hard at such altitude.
Although the ruins at Tiahuanuco are highly deteriorated, they are still impressive. Some of the statues on site are very interesting. Check out the statue of Viracocha with his Europeanish looks (this statue preceded the arrival of the Spanish by several hundreds of years at the very least).
Uyuni is the gateway to the Altiplano. Seated on the edge of the great salt sea, it invoked images of stalig style living. The people were warm, the food basic, and the nights cold! But to see the most pristine and beautiful place on Earth you have to visit! Enjoy the night market!
Remember all those rugs you saw in La Paz? They were a direct descendant of these denizens of the Lake.
This is not Lake Titicaca, it is a smaller one nearer to La Paz. Guess you picked up on that right away?
Just part of the shoreline at the lake. Must have been impressed by the cloud? Or maybe the black sand?
These Crosses are like Sentinels which overlook and bring the peace and tranquility that the beautiful Lake Titicaca offers to those who are fortunate enough to see this most marvelous sight.
Take a good look at this picture for perspective. Note that the size of these 'ferries' is actually quite large, they transport a bus!