La Paz was very different from Peru. Peru felt touristy, made for backpackers who went on the Inca trail, party hostels with pools & rooftops and too many people trying to sell you fake llama yawn. La Paz felt poor. I couldn’t stop starring outside the windows along the way. A lot of graffiti in odd little towns of garbage complaining about the government. I felt a bit scared, yet blessed to have grown up in western Europe. Streets became sand and mud with holes and I was convinced we would break down before reaching La Paz. When we finally reached the town boarder, it became weirdly dangerous looking. Houses were empty and buildings half finished, not one soul walking around. Florian slept through all of this - obviously.
This was a different world, even more different what I experienced in India, yet my research showed me prices to bike down the Death Road for over 100$’s. How? Why? Came to my mind.
We arrived from the top of the hills, enjoying incredible breathtaking views over town and seeing a lot of ski lifts all over. This is still the main transport of locals as the city is build around hills.
La Paz felt odd. A English pub were builded next witch markets with dead & dried llama babies. People looked rough. Did we feel safe? Most of the time. Another girls from my hostel got robbed at daylight in one of the busiest streets. No-one helped.
Little street food stalls along the market with beautiful big nan’s were selling huge plates of meat - sausage - potatoes which were way too cheap, yet so tasty. We watched some black & white tv in Spanish along the food stalls. I didn't even known they still existed. It was a different year on the streets of La Paz.
We hiked up the streets to view the city from above from the Parque Mirador Killi-Killi. Again, not one soul around. Just a stray fluffy dog kept us company. Views were breathtaking and I would definitely recommend to hike up the streets for it.
Another highlight of La Paz was Calle Jaen. A street covered in colourful houses and tourists taking pictures. This was the only time we walked into other backpackers outside of the hostel. Was La Paz not worth it to visit for backpackers? Most likely. A few people only stopped in La Paz to join the Death Road tour, which I skipped after I met 3 people with a broken arm in my hostel. One of them was injured so badly that he had to fly home as he couldn’t walk or carry his backpack without help anymore.
Would I recommend to visit La Paz? Yes and No. The salt lakes are a night bus away from La Paz so if you are planning on going straight from Peru it is a very long way. Same the other way around. Stop for a day or two and enjoy a big plate of local food along the witch market and do your laundry. That what we did. ;)
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