Letters back home: Bolivia

Hey, I'm in La Paz right now, which out of everything that I've seen thus far likely makes the top of my list of 'Things Everyone Should See Before They Die.' The entire city is literally hanging off the side of a mountain and pouring into a valley, kind of like if someone to a still shot of a massive man made mudslide. It’s really an amazing thing to see, and on top of it, looming not far at all from the city are massive glacier covered peaks.

Yesterday we took a bus through what my Lonely Planet guide deemed the 'Most Dangerous Road in the World,' mostly because it made a nearly 4000 meter descent in about 2 hours, straight through the clouds and along the very edge of massive Andean Peaks. Up from La Paz we passed over a pretty dizzying 4800 meters to get out of the city's crater, and then started down the long steep descent out of the Andes Mountains. Looking out the window, it look like we were in an airplane, because you saw the road, a couple rocks beyond, but then the slope just faded away to nothing in the

Looking out over the fringes of the Amazon basin in Coroica, Bolivia clouds, kind of making you wonder if the ground was ever even there. As we got lower and lower and breathing got noticeably easier, the mossy mountain slopes started to sport grasses, then bushes, and then trees until the vegetation grew massively think and them bam, in a second we were out of the clouds, over looking a nauseatingly steep drop in the road and down on the Amazon basin. We drove on for quite a while through Bolivia’s prime coca and coffee growing region, and then got off in a town called Coroica, where it rained several times and hour and the washed out building were piled up along the steep slope covered in jungle. We picked wild fruits, ate river fish (a good meal here costs US 56 cents, a massive one costs US $1.40), and tried our hand at a short walk through the jungle, which proved very difficult because the ground is actually about a meter below the piles of old vegetation that you sink into.

     So we came back to La Paz at night. Now we have a hostel in the low part of town right in the 'Witches Market,' where they sell everything from trippy cactuses to (literally) dried baby llama carcasses.  

     We're leaving tomorrow morning for Lake Titicaca and Perú.