La Paz, Bolivia

After a short stretch of time in smaller towns I welcomed the hustle and bustle of this city.  It was quite hilly, and combined with the altitude, I find myself getting long-winded quite easily. The stretch of streets composing the Witches’ Market and Artesian Alley make for an interesting walk. The Witches’ Market have talismans for all kinds of situations, and dried llama fetuses that was supposed to be buried in one’s yard for good fortune.

dried llama fetuses in the Witches' Market

dried llama fetuses in the Witches’ Market

talismans

talismans

witch market dried llama

I wonder now what made me like this city so much. Perhaps because after Peru consumed my energy, it was the first city available for me to hang my hat in for a while. I had to force myself to leave La Paz. I was getting too comfortable in my routine and after another afternoon of just sitting in a cafe watching the streets, I thought “If I don’t leave now I will never leave.”

Here are some images that come to mind when I think of La Paz:

la paz

the city of La Paz

the city of La Paz

la paz arch

street flags

Plaza Murillo

Plaza Murillo

Plato Paceño: llama steak, corn, potato and goat cheese

Plato Paceño: llama steak, corn, potato and goat cheese

Salteña (Bolivian empanada)

Salteña (Bolivian empanada)

Nuts vendors are ubiquitous in the city

Nuts vendors are ubiquitous in the city

table napkin

Valle de La Luna: clay formations

Valle de La Luna: clay formations

Che Guevara, a symbol of freedom for most Bolivianos

Che Guevara, a symbol of freedom for most Bolivianos