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La Paz, Bolivia

Rem Sapozhnikov (February 2008)
 

The first impression of La Paz can be expressed in just a few words: the city of contrasts! Its central part does not differ at all from modernist areas of other Latin American capitals: buildings of banks, international companies, governmental structures and trade centers add to La Paz a cosmopolitan appearance.

La Paz, Bolivia La Paz, Bolivia

However, the slopes of the huge depression, in which a fast mountain river used to run in distant past, and later La Paz found its place (3600-3800 m above the sea level), are completely covered by «shantytowns» - unpretentious small houses made of cheap bricks, where majority of the city population lives, actual capital of Bolivia.

La Paz, Bolivia Mountain Illimani, La Paz, Bolivia
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» Paseo el Prado (35)
» Plaza Murillo (40)
» San Francisco church (43)
» The Tiwanaku museum (in La Paz) (24)
» Sagarnaga street (17)
» Calle Jaen (15)
» Abaroa square and train tickets (10)
» Hotels of La Paz (16)
» Map of La Paz


Every morning dwellers of these mountain slopes – small traders, policemen, transport drivers, builders, gardeners, cleaners - go to work along the steep streets. The overwhelming majority of them are people with Indian blood - quechua and aymara.

A snow covered mountain Illimani, being the symbol of the city, gives a poetic note to La Paz. Illimani is represented on the label of the most popular in Bolivia beer - «Paceña». Maybe it is because the water for brewery is taken from the mountain streams of Illimani.

La Paz is calm and cosy in the evening. Generally at this time there are already no manifestations, demonstrations and other protest actions: Bolivia is living through the epoch of cardinal reforms, and it is difficult to do without these measures.
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia

Panorama of the central part of La Paz in the morning. Caution, big file. 5419x1280, 3.5Mb.

First lights of the night La Paz: First lights of the night La Paz

La Paz finishes at the slopes and El Alto begins. Caution, big file 5781x800, 1.8Mb. La Paz, Bolivia



   Photos:
» La Paz (9)
» Paseo el Prado (35)
» Plaza Murillo (40)
» San Francisco church (43)
» The Tiwanaku museum (in La Paz) (24)
» Sagarnaga street (17)
» Calle Jaen (15)
» Abaroa square and train tickets (10)
» Hotels of La Paz (16)
» Map of La Paz



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