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La Paz

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One of the greatest and unique cities I have ever visited is the city of La Paz/El Alto. 

It is ubicated between 10.000-13.000 feet above sea level and literally a breath taking experience. La Paz is a city with steep elevation grades of 20%, a mixture of colourful Indians  still  dressed in the original  Aymara or Quechua clothings and cool Coyos (Bolivian slang for people from La Paz). Everything in a roaring atmosphere of cars, trufis, chaos,  kiosks and market atmosphere. 

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One of the basic thoughts when talking sustainability is to think locally and exploit local ressources reasonably. One of the promising results of this thinking have been to follow restaurants like Gustu and  Ali Pacha with their menus of Bolivian ingredients only. Thanks  to a very diverse topography and climate Bolivia is able to both serve tropical fruit, high altitude products like quinua, chia besides acai and a variety of nuts.

 

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra is Bolivias biggest city ( approx. 2.5 mill)  It is a city with  a great potential due to a nice tropical climate, a population willing to work and a good mixture of the traditional Bolivian way of doing things with an open mind for adapting to a modern lifestyle.. The area attracts many Argentinians and Brazilians who seek a cheaper and better life than they can get in their homecountry. 

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Different masks from the highly

recommendable Ethnical Museum in La Paz

Santa Cruz de la Sierra

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Jardin de Asia, one of our favourite restaurants, also design wise due to its hanging nests inspired by the Bolivian fauna.

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Despite Peru has perhaps one of the most interesting kitchens of South America, Bolivia is not holding back. This photo is from  the brilliant and vibrant street food festival in Santa Cruz, 2017