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    Parades

    by boltonian Written Aug 14, 2007

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    Several times a year, the main road is blocked to traffic. Thousands of locals line the street and a colourful and musical parade begins.

    This one in July was the parade for all Bolivian students. It went on from 7.30am until about 9pm.

    Not sure if it was all different people, or the same lot going round in a huge circle. Either way, it was impressive.

    If you plan to venture out, don't plan on being able to cross the main street very easily as plastic chairs block the way

    Dancing in the street

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    San Pedro Prison

    by boltonian Written Aug 14, 2007

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    Ok, everyone talks about the 'tours', but the tours were banned some time ago.

    There are constant rumours about them being started up again by new governers, but not likely.

    However, you can get in on a visitor permit.

    If you ask the guard for a tour, forget it.

    This is how I got on. It may be a scam, but for £5, worth a try.....

    Sit in the park next to the prison on a Sunday beween 10am and midday. A black guy called Mike will approach you and ask for 50 Bol (£3). In return he will get you a visitor permit. He took me inside the main gate, but there was a huge que of families trying to get in, so the guards told us to return at 2pm.

    After seeing inside, i wasn't sure I wanted to go in. Hundreds of mean looking guys in dirty clothes.

    I had a choice, 2pm, go to the football match, or go to the prison. Prison would mean leaving my passport, camera, wallet etc with the guards.

    I opted for the footy.

    But it does seem possible to get in, just bide your time. However, i am not sure there is anything great inside except a load of criminals who will want to fleece you!

    The main door

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    Witches Market

    by boltonian Written Aug 14, 2007

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    Just behind the San Francisco Church are 2 streets that sell the most bizarre things. Amongst all the fabrics etc, lie the remains of many animals, including the Llama fetus.

    Worth a look, but not if your feeling sick

    Nice

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    Football (Soccer)

    by boltonian Written Aug 14, 2007

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    The Estadio Hernando Siles is a short walk from the centre of La Paz. There are also many minibuses that pass by, just look for Stadium in the window.

    Games are played every Sunday and sometimes on Thursday evenings.

    Bolivar, La Paz FC and The Strongest are the local teams.

    I saw a great game between Bolivar and La Paz FC. Small crowd but lots of action and riot police needed to stop the players and officials from attacking the ref.

    This website tells you the fixtures for all teams in the all leagues in the world. Ignore KO times as they are in GMT not local time.

    www.soccerway.com

    2-0 to the FC La Paz Kicking off!!!

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    World's Most Dangerous Road

    by SasoD Written Apr 21, 2007

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    Everybody I had met during my travels told me about this ride and what an experience was gonna be for me. They were right. This thing was a blast!

    Total Time Required: 13 hours (return to La Paz), or 7 hours (stay overnight in Coroico)
    Approximate Riding Time: 4-5 hours
    Approximate Downhill: 90% (one section contains a few small uphills)

    The World`s Most Dangerous Road is a twisting, turning, fear imposing, hair raising, bone rattling, teeth clenching, muscle bruising, adrenaline releasing, why in the hell did i sign up for this in the first place type ride. It is a 70km ride that starts outside of La Paz at a brisk 4700m and winds down to Corioco, Bolivia at around 1300m. Some downhill stretches lasted over two hours.

    Starting point at La Cumbre (4,700m/15,400 feet)
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    Calle Jaén

    by elpariente Written Mar 9, 2007

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    La calle Jaén es una muestra de la arquitectura colonial .
    Es interesante un buen paseo y visitar alguno de los cuatro museos
    Jaen street is a sample of the colonial architecture
    A good walk and a visit to one of the four museums is interesting

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    Muela del Diablo

    by elpariente Written Mar 9, 2007

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    La Muela del Diablo , es una formación rocosa de un volcán ya extinguido
    Se pueden hacer excursiones a pie o a caballo y desde allí contemplar el Sur de L a Paz
    The Muela del Diablo is a rocky mountain of an extinguished volcano
    You may climb it on foot or with horse and from there you may see all the South Part of La Paz

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    Witches Market

    by skatzcatz Written Feb 15, 2007

    Although I can't imagine actually purchasing anything from the Witches market in La Paz, it's worth wandering amongst the stalls and streets to take in the local curios and sites. perhaps an aphrodsiac or two.

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    World's Most Dangerous Road

    by Glorija Written Nov 28, 2005

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    Incredible scenic variety and a spectacular descent of more than 3,600m/11,800 feet, from snow-covered plains and mountain ranges down to the steaming Amazonian Jungle. Part of the ride is on the dramatic and scenic "World's Most Dangerous Road," dubbed such by the Inter-American Development Bank in 1995.

    We started the ride at wind-swept La Cumbre on 4,700m from here we had descended rapidly down a twisting road among mountain peaks, grazing llamas and alpacas, tiny villages and a drug check-post :) had a few snack stopes and ended at Coroico on 1,600m with hot shower, good meal and cold drink.

    Gravity Bolivia rules!!They have good guides, well organisation and they provide great atmosphere.

    Full suspension - you must have it :)
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    La Paz Markets on the street

    by Glorija Written Nov 28, 2005

    Local people are selling many different things on the street from cigarets, coca leaves to water, fruit drinks and sweeties. So if you feel hungry just look round and you will find a quick bite or a good smoke for very cheap price. And cose I dont smoke I cannot prefer you any local cigarets. And I noticed that not many local people in La Paz smoke. And this was one among many things I liked so much in this city.

    Lady grabbing some coca leaves 4 us :)
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  • Tour company disappointment on 'death road' trip

    by tbishop0609 Updated Nov 17, 2005

    If you'd like to be sure you tour operator is going to be fair should anything go wrong on your trip down 'death road' avoid Barro Biking (Sagarnaga #288). We booked with them because they promised it would be easy to get us back to La Paz for an overnight bus to Uyuni. We missed the bus by over an hour and also missed our opportunity to see the Salar! Accidents happen, but Barro kept insisting we'd be back on time long after it became impossible (which meant we didn{t try and make other transport arrrangements).

    Barro won't even discuss compensation for the cost of the missed bus.

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    visit the ARC DE TRIOMPHE

    by marcelo15 Updated Jul 21, 2005

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    Well, this is a beautiful arc located in the gateway of the cemetery. as you can see is quite similar as the real arc in Paris.
    Este es un hermoso arco localizado en la puerta del cementerio. Como pueden ver es muy parecido al verdadero arco que esta en Paris.

    the arc
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    COCA MUSEUM

    by marcelo15 Updated Jul 21, 2005

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    Yeah, so far this is one of the best museums i?ve ever seen.
    it?s because its complete information that describes about the history of the coca leaps.
    maybe the museum it?s a bit untidy but ask to the person who sells the ticket a complete information about the tour in the museum.
    (please wait the information that i`ve found about the history of the coca) see it in my bolivian page.
    si, por lejos este es uno de los mejores museos que he visto.
    es porque tiene una informacion completa describiendo sobre la historia de la hoja de coca. tal vez el museo parezca un poco desordenado pero puede preguntar a la persona que vende los boletos una completa informacion.
    por favor espera que publique la informacion que encontre. (estoy trabajando en ello). y sera publicado en mi pagina de Bolivia.

    the sign of the museum
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    El Museo de la Coca

    by Maillekeul Written Sep 14, 2004

    All you ever wanted to know about Coca leaves and were afraid to ask... A must be visited place ! You will enjoy the explanations of an interesting document translated in many languages, really helpful throughout the few rooms of this small place. It's worth a one hour visit !!

    Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur la maudite feuille de coca, mais n'avez jamais ose demander... Un endroit à visiter ! Vous profiterez des explications d'un interessant document traduit en plusieurs langues qui vous aidera a apprecier les differentes pieces de ce musee etrique. Ca vaut le coup d'y rester une heure !!

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    Walking around - Se balader

    by Maillekeul Written Jan 30, 2004

    The best streets to wander around (and make some shopping also), in downtown, are : Sagarnega, Isaac Tamayo, Tumusla, Max Paredes and Buenos Aires...

    Les meilleures rues a arpenter (pour faire quelques achats notamment), dans le centre, sont : Sagarnega, Isaac Tamayo, Tumusla, Max Paredes et Buenos Aires...

    Downtown
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