25.05.2012 - 28.05.2012 10 °C
The bus journey was very uncomfortable, not so much from the actual seats etc, but just because we felt very uneasy and found it difficult to sleep. While we were waiting for the bus in Sucre bus terminal, an Austrailian passenger got mugged. It as awful and made us feel very vulnerable. This was the first bad thing i had witnessed in South America.
The bus made lots of stops where people were getting on and off, during the night, and we were sat right at the front, with my day bag on show, so didnt want to fall asleep, as i wanted to keep an eye on all of my belongings. It wasnt the greatest bus journey i had been on, so I was knackered by the time we arrived in La Paz.
I had heard so many great things about La Paz, so I coudnt wait to get there and see it, and get involved in some of the night life, which i had ben craving for quite some time now. I had high expectations, which was probably a mistake as I quickly found it didnt live up to much.
It was very smoggy, the roads were very busy and my first impressions of the people were unfriendly, and i found the place dirty and intimidating. I hoped this was because I felt shattered from the journey, and was looking forward to a rest and shower and then maybe my opinion would change. We found a hostel just on the outskirts of the city centre, mainly because this was quite close to the bus terminal and we didnt have the energy to walk around with our backpacks. The name of the hostel is Bacoo, and again on first impressions it looked like a nice enough hostel. We later discovered this wasnt the case also. I hate to be so negative about a place, but there was just something about La Paz that gave off a bad vibe right from the off.
The one good thing that came out of it was a day doing Death Road. One word... Amazing! One of the best days so far.
This is the Worlds most dangerous roads, where adventure companies take you down it on hyrdolic suspension bikes. I really reccomend the company I used, Overdose Bolivia. They equipped us in protective jackets, and trousers as well as gloves, elbow and knee pads, and a helmet. Even though we were descending down a one track gravel path fom 3600m, with mountains to our right and then drops of nearly 600m to our left, i felt considerably safe with the equipment and guides we had. We saw and cycled through some prety amazing stuff, such as, through rivers and under waterfalls, and took some cool pictures. It was great, it made the adrenaline go sky high, so even though i felt petrified it made it the best day so far! After they took us for lunch at a swimming pool where we were able to relax in the sun, and eat before heading back to La Paz.
I was happy enough to leave La Paz when we did, so booked our bus to go to Copacabana, North Bolivia to see Lake Titicaca.