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La Paz, Bolivia | by szeke
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La Paz, Bolivia

Arriving to La Paz by land is quite an experience. La Paz is in a valley, but it overflowed into the altiplano. In South America, the outskirts of the big cities are very poor. The peasants coming from the countryside looking for jobs settle there. So, your first contact with La Paz is quite shocking, as you see the exteme poverty of the people who live there. Nicer large.


The bus then winds down the road into the very crowded La Paz. The streets are narrow and lined with little stores that sell everything, the traffic and pollution are horrible, and there are lots of people. It is picturesque but unsettling. I live in Los Angeles, but I am from Colombia and I have seen my share of poverty. La Paz is something else.


We only stayed for one night in La Paz and left the next morning to Oruro and Uyuni. I am sorry I don't have more photos of La Paz. Wreckless as I am, I decided to take a stroll around the hotel, but without the camera. No point losing your camera before the best part of the trip.


ISO 800, 28mm, f5.6, 1/320. Shot through the window of the moving bus. Thanks to the magic of digital photography one can see through the smog and appreciate the beauty of La Paz. I wonder how it looks after a good rain.

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Taken on August 16, 2007