For three nights, we stayed in the highest capital city in the world, La Paz. It’s at 3,636 meters or 12,000 feet above sea level!
Our hotel was just a block or so away from the Witches’ Market. There are many alpaca and llama hats, sweaters, gloves, scarves and souvenirs for sale. But there were also some items you probably won’t see anywhere else like dried llama fetuses. On the roads that sold the llama fetuses and other stuff for good luck, I noticed there was this scent like some kind of incense that I really wasn’t fond of.
Around the Witches’ Market is a restaurant we went to where I had llama for the first time. To me, it tasted just like beef and was actually pretty good. The dish I ordered also came with some sort of risotto with raisins. It went really well with the llama, sauce and apples.
After looking at so many things made of alpaca and llama wool at the Witches’ Market, I ended up buying legwarmers for myself outside of the market in a store close to our hotel. They came in handy since it’s cold in the highlands at night.
The picture of me was taken in our hotel. Most hotels in South America only allow three people per room. There’s four people in my family so we had to get two rooms. The room my brother and I were given had three beds. (I took the blankets from the extra bed, since it’s so cold at night and we didn’t have a heater!)
Our room was on the fifth floor. Meaning we had to take five flights of stairs to get to our room. No elevators. And with the altitude, by the time you got to our room, you’d have to stop to catch your breath.
Other than the Witches’ Market, we took a tour where we visited Plaza Murillo, the main plaza in La Paz where the presidential palace and other important buildings are located. There were also a lot of pigeon!
Also at the plaza were people pushing icecream carts! I spotted this really young girl buying an icecream cone all by herself. I thought it was so cute.
Our tour guide gave us a typical Bolivian food to try called salteñas which are pretty much Bolivian empanadas.
On the day of our tour, our tour guide told us the San Pedro prison which is famous because of the book, Marching Powder was going to close. But it didn’t really look like it as there were many people in a line probably waiting to get in. Apparently it’s like a whole neighborhood in there and several families live inside.
Then we went to Valle de la Luna or Moon Valley. You can walk around these weird natural shapes caused by erosion. It is a little warmer in that area and close by the Moon Valley is the world’s highest golf course.
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