Whilst there are plenty of decent veggie options in La Paz, more than you would expect given there doesn't seem to be that many vegetarians, many are places that offer a cheap veggie "almuerzo" lunch or a cafe like atmosphere and that is fine as that is what you need most of the time but every now and again veggies and vegans would like to be able to go our and treat ourselves to some "fine dining" Continue reading
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Articles about all things Bolivia & Peru
For a continent so well known for its coffee producing it is surprising how often we are asked where it is possible to buy a good coffee in La Paz as travelers are surprised how hard it can be to find a quality brew during their travels. For many years there wasn't a top quality option and most backpackers would end up at a branch of Alexander Coffee which has passable options but wouldn't pass any real coffee lovers test of standards. Continue reading
This Sunday September 7th is "dia del peaton" in La Paz which translates to Pedestrian Day. Once a year the chaotic streets of La Paz are forceably made peaceful by banning all motorized vehicles from its streets for a about an 18 hour period with walking, running and cycling the only permitted form of transport (except for a handful of taxis licensed to take people to the airport or get essential services workers to/from work). This is strictly enforced by the transport police (the use their own vehicles to get around though of course) and very few people attempt to break the ban. Continue reading
One of the things that sticks in the mind of most visitors to La Paz is the traditional dress of many of the local women - a bowler hat worn slanted on the head and a long decorative skirt called a pollera or often 2,3 or more of them! These distinctive looking residents of the capital city are known as cholas or cholitas and have been wearing this traditional dress for many years.
The bowler hat (or derby hat as it is also known) always seems too small for the owner and can be perched on top of the head tilted to one side or set straight (apparently this is to signify if they are married or unmarried). These hats are a source of pride for the cholas and theft of these hats straight from the wearers head has been a problem in La Paz and El Alto. At a cost ranging from US$50 to US$200 it is not so surprising as S$200 is about what an average Bolivian earns each month. The hats always seem sparkling clean and brand new and its not uncommon to see cholas covering their hats with plastic wrap when it rains to keep them that way. Continue reading
This little museum is hidden away up an alley off Calle Linares aka ‘Gringo Street’ due to all the travel agencies and clothing or crafts shops.
Whilst tiny in size it is bursting with information about the little green leaf that has been held sacred in the Andes for centuries. The displays themselve look a little worn and the whole setup can seem a little amateur, but if your patient enough to follow the self guided tour whilst reading the provided infomation in your own language (available in many languages) you will no doubt learn plenty of facts you didnt know about the coca plant.
In the southwest area of Bolivia lies area called Lipez. It is home to arid deserts, salt plains and a wealth of mineral deposits.When one of the largest, and maybe the largest ever found, silver mines was discovered just above a small town called San Cristobal and the concession was purchased by the Canadian mining consortium Apex Silver the problem arose - what should we do with the town below?
The little town of San Cristobal, population just 350, was right below the mine and in far to dangerous position to allow mining to start. The obvious solution was to move everybody to a new area but the was one major obstacle. In this tiny town there was a 350 old colonial church and no one was in favour of destroying it. So the mining company , in addition to building new homes and modern facilities for the towns population, also transported and rebuilt the church stone by stone 17km to the new site of the village. They carefully moved the cemetery and its contents Continue reading