Flight to La Paz

May 24 2014

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hen leaving Cuzco last year whe had an awesome flight to La Paz in Bolivia. While flying above the Andes you cannot believe all the beauty you see from this height. And the most spectacular is perhaps not the beautiful stewardesses but the landing in La Paz at about 4000 m above sea level. La Paz was established by the Spanish in 1548 in a high valley in the Andes. The city is surrounded by snowy peaks, and its houses cover the mountain slopes. The city's population is about 1.000.000. La Paz is the biggest city in Bolivia, and is the administrative capital of the country. All the main governmental institutes of Bolivia are located here. A common mistake is to think that La Paz is the capital city of Bolivia. It is not - Sucre is the official capital. The city of La Paz is located over 3600 meters above sea level, which makes it the highest big city in the world. The visit to La Paz requires acclimatization to new altitudes due to the thin air in this height. If you are still not used to heights, then you should spend the first few days in La Paz resting and acclimatizing.

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t first, La Paz may seems likes a modern city, but after a short walk through the narrow streets this impression vanishes. Different stands full of every item that a witch might need fill La Paz's little witch market. In case you are looking for dried llama's embryos, armadillo's bodies or frog powder, then you reached the right place. What are those things used for? The llama's embryos are thrown into the foundations of every new house (99% of the houses!) in order to protect the house and those who lives in it. Burnt llama's embryos on a plate, together with herbs and sweets brings luck to business. Frog powder bring money and dry frog with a cigarette in its mouth brings even more.

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