12.11.2013 - 12.11.2013
The city comes as quite a shock. We landed on the high Alti plain, and the usual confusion of commerce, half finished buildings, honking mini vans, taxis, lorries and buses vying for road space...but then you descend into the canyon of La Paz proper. The buildings cling to the mountain walls on all sides, with a huge snow covered mountain standing guard in the background. I have never seen a city anywhere near this! Just about every street or road is at a gradient that rivals or surpasses the track up to our Tallarook hacienda.
Mary and I went on a very impressive walking tour that covered places and things such as the San Pedro prison, not going there! the market ladies, including their bowler hats and dress, history ect. It was the best tour I think I have experienced, he inserted the right amount of humour and used the group to role play the history.
The Bolivians generally just go about their business and ignore the gringos. However Gerald has a flat just out of the centre where tourists are rarely seen and the locals are more welcoming. It is unusual for English to be spoken away from