Rest and recovery in La Paz

We arrived in La Paz on Thursday in the early morning, tired and with salt and dust all through our clothes – we were ready for a rest! La Paz is a really cool city – it is the world’s highest capital at around 3,600 metres. The city is built on hills around a valley and even walking up a couple of blocks (or up to our second floor room) can literally take your breath away! We have been taking it easy here after an action packed last week, and some of our highlights have been:

Wandering down to the San Francisco church and running into friends from the Salt Flats tour, who we then had dinner with…sadly we had to go out in freezing weather in 3/4 pants due to all our warm clothes being in the wash!

San Francisco Church

Exploring the markets (including the creepy llama foetuses that are placed under house foundations – I couldn’t bring myself to take a photo as they freaked me out so much!)

Shopping in La Paz

Finding a full lunch of soup, meat and dessert for under $3 each.
Taking a local bus up to the Mirador Killi Killi to look out over the city.

View of La Paz

Going to the National Museum of Art.

Painting at National Museum of Art
National Museum of Art

Strolling through the Plaza Murillo and seeing hundreds of pigeons that were being fed.


Discovering a new treat – jelly with whipped milk on top sold for 50 cents each.
Sleeping in, reading and relaxing, catching up on washing, re-energising and getting a feel for this city at a gentle pace.

Looking up to the hills


Traditionally dressed women

4 Comments Add yours

  1. hayley says:

    llama foetuses???


    1. Karen Olson says:

      I know!!! They sell them to go under new house foundations as an offering. You could google the images but I wouldn’t recommend it!


  2. Lachlan says:

    Looks like a really interesting place… somewhere that I would like to explore. And look at that beautiful volcano towering behind the city! Way cool.


  3. Kate says:

    Jelly and condensed milk is amazing, so I imagine that jelly and whipped milk is likewise awesome.

    Speaking of llama foetuses, maybe you should keep an eye out for a rug like Derek’s 😀


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