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Bolivia - La Paz

17 °C

After a cold yet comfortable overnight bus, we arrived in La Paz, the biggest city in Bolivia, set in a valley at 3,800m, spectacular.

Bustling city, lots of local dress and one of our favourite things about Bolivia, great street food! We had a great time in La Paz, exploring the narrow winding streets up to Killi Killi lookout (not an easy climb at this altitude!), the plazas, old buildings and the quirky witches market.

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We used it as a base for our Ride and River trip as well as a few days in Coroico, at the end of ´Death Road´. The Worlds Most Dangerous Road is the road where buses, cars and trucks battle to avoid the sheer drops that plung 400m without barriers.

We rode down it, so much fun. It goes for about 66kms from 4,700m to 1,200m. The first part is asphalt and makes up part of the new safer death road, so you could fly - Paul had a GPS on his phone and clocked 70km/h, passing buses and trucks (all safe though!). The dirt section is a little scarier, but amazing - slightly more control, concentration and LESS speed needed.

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We haven´t quoted any companies or hostels on this blog but if you do Death Road, make sure you do your research. There are some agencies that offer poor quality bikes. We went with Barracuda, very good.

At the end, we decided to stay in Coroico for a few days...set at 1,700m it has a perfect climate...somewhere warmer before going back up to La Paz.

Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in Bolivia

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