01.04.2011 - 05.04.2011 25 °C
Back to the original itinerary...and onto the capital city of La Paz. The highest capital in the world at 3600 metres above sea level, the steep hills made walking around the city a tough job. The main part of the town is in a valley, with all the sides covered in housing...it was cool to watch at night as the hillsides would sparkle as the lights in the houses would be switched on. Although living on the hillsides has its risks...about a few months ago, a massive landslide wiped out over a thousand houses. Fortunately, and somewhat miraculously, no-one died, though it did have the impact of delaying the Carnaval celebrations...so we turned up in La Paz to find festivities in full flow (Rav thought they were celebrating India's win in the World Cup). Everyone here was dressed up in various outfits, following the steps of the local PANCERA???? dance. A great spectacle to see, though very different to the grandeur we had witnessed in Brazil.
The next day we were off to cycle down the Death Road...a road about 2m wide hugging the side of a mountain, with 200-500m drops, and having to contend with potential traffic (though in the past few years, an alternative road has opened reducing the number of cars and trucks using the road) and slippery dirt tracks. It was great fun, riding through waterfalls admiring the spectacular scenery. We were knackered yet ecstatic to complete the ride...and what better way to end the day with the one thing we had been craving the most...a curry! We'd been recommended an 'English' curry house...worst food ever!!
We spent the next day just walking around town...Rav had our first brush with crime when he had his trouser pocket slit open, and had his map of La Paz stolen! We were pretty lucky as we had a blackberry and keys in the same pocket, but somehow we only managed to lose a worthless bit of paper!