Lazin’ by the lake: La Paz to Copacabana

Cycling days 149 & 150 (and days off in Copacabana) La Paz to Huatajata Aiming to get on the road early to avoid the worst of the La Paz traffic, we set our alarms for 5am. Unfortunately though, our overly-rested bodies couldn’t get up at this hour and so we ended up leaving the Casa […]

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The Death Road

La Paz’s main tourist activity appears to be cycling down the death road – a 56km route in the Yungas region of northern Bolivia. In total, the route descends around 3,500m, transiting quickly from cool Altiplano terrain to rainforest as it winds through very steep hillsides and atop cliffs. In 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank christened […]

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Chacaltaya: Getting giddy cycling to 5,300m

We decided to take a day trip on the bikes from La Paz up to the old ski station at Chacaltaya. At 5,300m, this is officially the highest ski resort in the world and one of the highest places accessible by road in the Americas. We were in for quite a day! […]

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Fiesta del Gran Poder

Our first weekend in La Paz coincided with the Fiesta del Gran Poder (translated as the “Festival of the Great Power”). This is a religious celebration that pays homage to El Señor del Gran Poder or Jesus Christ. The festival features thousands of dancers and musicians parading down the sprawling streets of La Paz, flaunting […]

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The slog to La Paz: Oruro to La Paz (with Leroy)

Cycling days: 146, 147 & 148 Oruro to Vilaque We lingered in the hostel for a few rounds of the complimentary breakfast before leaving at around 09:30. It was pretty easy exiting Oruro and we were soon on the motorway heading to La Paz. We began making very speedy progress on a dead flat road, […]

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