Dangerous roads in La Paz

Downtown La Paz

La Paz is Bolivia’s administrative capital city. Don’t overlook the word “administrative”, as this country is one of the few one’s being able to finance two capitals (the other being Sucre). There is one major road leading into the center of town, which is located at the bottom of a crater-shaped canyon. Winding steadily down from the suburb of El Alto (at 4150 meters altitude) to the heart of the city (at 3660 meters altitude), the bus ride features an almost 360 degree panoramic view during a half hour descent.

Whether people love or hate La Paz, they all agree that this town features one of the wackiest city layouts worldwide. From tiny little brick houses to big business towers, everything seems to be “glued” to the crater walls. Staring too much at the hundreds of thousands of squares at the horizon probably can create hallucinations. Some travelers even argue that the interlocked squares of residential houses look very familiar – like a full “Tetris” game screen.
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It’s the altitude, dude – on the road to Sucre

Downtown Sucre

The constitutional and judicial capital of Bolivia, Sucre, is a small town of 200’000 people which boasts beautiful colonial buildings everywhere. The city’s name doesn’t refer to the sweet ingredient, but to the revolutionary leader Antonio Jose Sucre. He was one of Simón Bolívar’s closest friend, who was back the most important leader of Spanish America’s successful struggle for independence. Unsurprisingly, the city is full of history and consequently is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Being in high spirits in the Uyuni Salt Flats

Silly me in the Salar de Uyuni

So you have been seeing this super cool picture of your friends jumping around in a desert. And you have been amazed at the photographic genius of your best mate, who is – by using a false perspective shot – holding two of his friends in his palm while he’s sitting in a desert like a Yoda. Let me solve the mystery as there is nothing really creative about it. Because anyone can do these kinds of shots in the “Salar de Uyuni” (Salt Flat of Uyuni). Try a picture search on Google, Picasa or Flickr and you will be amazed how uncreative most people are – including me – when it comes to orchestrating a truly unique picture scene.

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