Since I stayed in La Paz for more than a week there were some things that I did not mention in my prior post about it. First I think nothing epitomizes La Paz more than these sexy buses. Notice the thundercats logo in the small front window. These things have so much swag to them. They are generally painted in 4 colors, blue, green, yellow, and red. Some have really intricate paint jobs and pimp looking hood ornaments.
Teleferico (Cable Car)
Aside from bus transportation, one of my new found favorite modes of transportation is cable car (teleferico). The views are incredible and it makes for such a pleasant commute. A view of the mountains away from the start/stop jerking of traffic and noise is a great way to start your day. The Teleferico (Cable Car) pictures are also from multiple days. The daytime photos and videos were taken on the way up to el Alto to visit the market with Rachel. The night time photos and videos were taken on the way back from Tiwanaku. I took these for fun as well. After being transported on these, I think every city should deploy them as a form of mass transit. It is such a tranquil experience being lifted out of the noisy city and drifting away to your destination.
Some locals were kind enough to let us know about this precious gem, otherwise I would not have seen it. This was a car that veered off the cliff and fell into this crack. To my astonishment, I was told the driver survived.
A moment where I lost my mind
When I saw these zebras I completely geeked out. I didn’t run, but I walked very swiftly in their direction to have my picture taken. Now that’s not because I am a Furry. It’s because these zebras were featured on last week tonight; John Oliver’s show. It’s a show that I watch even while traveling abroad.If you haven’t seen that episode, you can watch it here. The show even created a green screen video of dancing zebras so that viewers could insert them into real events. The fan submissions were funny as hell. So I had instant gratification and excitement when I saw the REAL zebras. I guess this is what seeing a celebrity is like for other people. Note to those reading. Whenever you hand your camera over to a stranger because you are ridiculously excited at humans in zebra costumes, make sure you can outrun them in case they decide to make a run for it. No I did not have my camera stolen but this thought does cross my mind anytime I ask a stranger to take a photo.
Night at the Museum
One of the cool things about the time I spent in La Paz was the night at the museum event. From 3pm to midnight the fee was waved on almost all the museums in the city. I couldn’t resist this museum crawl. It was crowded and you had to wait on line to get in, but it was definitely worth it. Most of the museums did not allow photography and the ones that did had the most peculiar rules about it. You could take photos but not a close up. It had to be a wide shot.
Aside from the open museums, there was also a bunch of performances throughout the city at the plaza’s and parks. I was fortunate enough to catch two of them at a plaza near my hostel. The first is some traditional music, and the second was a dance group.