Last time you heard from me, we were still in Bolivia, and had found a spot of paradise in the small mountain town of Samaipata. We definitely enjoyed our stay there, but were somewhat apprehensive about what awaited us in La Paz, world’s highest capital city…
Our route took us back to Santa Cruz by taxi, and then straight off to the airport to catch the 7 pm flight to La Paz. We arrived around 4 pm, only to be told that the flight was only due to depart at 8:30 pm, for no apparent reason other than this being Bolivia. So, we made the most of the time by stuffing our faces with cinnamon buns from Cinnabon for dinner (it was great!), and then going up to the observation deck on top of the airport building to watch the planes coming and going. These have all but disappeared in North America (for security reasons, I guess), so it was nice to see that one still survives down here. Continue reading “Adios Bolivia”
Traffic is a bit crazy here in La Paz: buses and taxis fill up the streets and create gridlock in places. In addition to this, the altitude means than walking long distances is a bit tiring. Gregory and Nina present their how-to guide for getting about the city without working up a sweat!
We left Argentina by plane, since the long and bumpy bus ride into Bolivia did not appeal to the troops. We arrived in the economic capital of Bolivia: Santa Cruz. It’s a large, modern city, but there’s not much to see or do there. Mostly, it is used as a base for exploring the surrounding countryside, including places like Samaipata, a small corner of paradise located in the mountains, 2 1/2 hours by car from the city.
Samaipata is a very tranquil little place, and a very laid back bohemian atmosphere pervades the streets. It is situated at the junction between four different ecosystems: amazonian jungle, highlands, fields, and forest. Located on a nearby sandstone outcrop lies the pre-Inca site of El Fuerte. We booked a couple of nights mid-week in the poshest resort in town, located on a hilltop with a splendid view of the surroundings, and we had a lovely time exploring the region.