La Paz is often thought of as somewhere that could be rather dangerous to visit and not high on everyone’s travel wish list but personally, it’s one of my most favourite cities in the world.
For a start, how many cities have this kind of setting?:
Where else do young people dressed up as zebras regularly patrol the streets, promoting road safety?:
A somewhat unexpected sight when you first see them! This is a brilliant project set up 14 years ago to encourage safety awareness amongst both drivers and pedestrians. Many of the stripey participants are ‘at risk’ youths who benefit hugely from taking part.
If you really want to, you can launch yourself from the 17th floor of the Hotel Presidente, right in the city centre (preferably dressed as a super hero) and abseil or rap jump for 50 metres.
Here’s our tour leader Danny and two intrepid Oasis travellers (Superman and… is that Bob the Builder? aka Gemma and Ryan!).
There are some very nice restaurants in La Paz but I prefer to head to the indoor market for a fresh fruit juice made on the spot and a fried trout meal for under five bucks.
After trawling the shops for alpaca wool ponchos and tiny knitted llama-topped pens (a classy gift for my office colleagues), I love strolling the odd shops and market stalls where you really have no idea what you might be buying.
And top of my list for my next visit, the terrific Telerifico that Chris told us about recently:
La Paz is not like anywhere else I know with its high-altitude, mountain setting, its mixture of colonial streets and more modern concrete structures, great little bars to find and quirky markets and alleys to explore and ladies in their typical bowler hats, huge skirts and long plaits.