A man in Santa Cruz, Bolivia told me that the administrative capital La Paz, was like a dog he used to own! How's that I asked? "Well it was so ugly" he said, "that it was beautiful". City rivalries apart, you can see what he means, La Paz is certainly a city of contrasts, as it clings precariously to the sides of the Andes Mountains. At 3500 meters La Paz is the highest capital city in the world - pass the oxygen! Gourmet Traveller feature for Food and Travel Magazine.
Views looking towards the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), La Paz.
A local bus passes through the Mercado de Hechiceria (witches market), La Paz.
Downtown La Paz.
Downtown La Paz, Bolivia.
Traditions die hard in La Paz, here local Aymara women known as cholas or cholitas, wear a bowler hat slanted on the head and a long decorative skirt called a pollera or often 2, 3 or more of them! The bowler hats (Bombín in Spanish were introduced by British railway workers in the 1920's.
Altiplano and Lake Titicaca
Local hand weaving, Lake Titicaca
Quinoa harvest on the Altiplano.
Lama herding on the high plateau, Comunidad Achachicala Centro, Bolivia.
Uyuni Salt Flats
A local bus speeds it's way across the Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
Salt works at sunset, Uyuni Salt Lake.
Quinoa, Chantiani Villiage, Uyuni Salt Lake.
A breathtaking view of Uyuni Salt Flats from the air, Bolivia.