LA PAZ, BOLIVIA

Here are pics from La Paz, at around 12,000 feet above sea level (including a few from El Alto, at over 13,000 feet). La Paz is actually the third largest city in Bolivia--it's "suburb" El Alto technically has more population (950,000 versus 840,000 for La Paz; Santa Cruz is the largest city, though La Paz-El Alto is the largest metro area in Bolivia).

First, a view of La Paz from the road to El Alto...



Iglesia de San Francisco, in the heart of La Paz...





Plaza de San Francisco (outside the church)...





Traffic tunnel under the plaza...



A busy street near the center of town with a lot of street markets...



Various "pito" (a type of roasted flour mainly found in Bolivia) made from many different crops, some strictly Andean at one of the street markets...



A nearby street with a tunnel...



Lots of utility wires (though not to the extreme that some countries like India or Vietnam have)...



The coca museum from the outside (they didn't allow taking photographs inside)...



La Paz had a lot of hilly neighborhoods, like this one...



An even hillier neighborhood!



Now for some views of the nearby snow mountains from La Paz...the first pic is looking east...



Looking north...this is probably Ancohuma Peak (about 21000 feet)...



Another view east...



The best mountain view...this probably includes Nevado Illimani (also about 21000 feet)...



Street in an upper-middle class neighborhood in La Paz...



A park (undergoing some renovation)...



Now, a few pictures from El Alto...including one from the outskirts (it's a city of somewhat more sprawl than La Paz)...



Someone selling very small fish at a street market in El Alto...



Finally, some graffiti (especially the anti-violence message) on a wall in El Alto...





All of the above pictures on this page were taken in November 2012 by Brandt Maxwell.

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Copyright 2012 Brandt Maxwell.