Previously KNOT JUST PICS. Same shit, different name.

Bolivia – La Paz

La Paz was meant to be just a stopover on our way up to Peru, but after our traumatic flight experience we decided to stay there a couple days. We are so glad we did as La Paz turned out to be a very cool and quirky city! La Paz is in a giant crater and as the city has grown, it has grown up the sides of the crater as well which gives it a very full and busy feel. Driving into La Paz from the airport which is on the El Alto (the top of the canyon) it almost felt like you were spiralling round a drain as the height drop is significant. La Paz was established by the Spanish in 1548 so there is a lot of Spanish architecture and the city has this amazing duality of Colonial style buildings surrounded by very Bolivian customs (like the witches market). The city sits at over 3600m (which makes it the highest capital city in the world) but after the over 4 and 5000m altitude we had just been at it really didnt seem that high at all!

LaPaz-1 LaPaz-2 LaPaz-3 LaPaz-4 LaPaz-5 LaPaz-6 LaPaz-7 LaPaz-8 LaPaz-9 LaPaz-10 LaPaz-11 LaPaz-12 LaPaz-13

Everyone in Bolivia is pretty short! I think it has something to do with the altitude. Andy and I are by no means tall and we were on average a good head and shoulders taller than everyone else which was very strange!

LaPaz-14 LaPaz-15 LaPaz-16 LaPaz-17 LaPaz-18

Around the centre of the city where the government is based there are lots of army officers around, both in traditional uniform and in modern uniforms. There is also evidence on all the buildings in the central square of the numerous revolutions Bolivia has gone through. Bullet holes in buildings were not an uncommon sight.

LaPaz-19 LaPaz-20 LaPaz-21 LaPaz-22

The terracotta colour of the houses that now go up the entire wall of the canyon, often at precariously steep angles! The Casco Viejo is the oldest area of La Paz and was the original area of the Spanish settlement.

LaPaz-23 LaPaz-24 LaPaz-25 LaPaz-26 LaPaz-27 LaPaz-28 LaPaz-29 LaPaz-30 LaPaz-31 LaPaz-32

Amazing views of the city showing just how insane the angles are that some houses are built at and gives a great idea of the mountains which surround the city.

LaPaz-33 LaPaz-34 LaPaz-35

Salteña’s are traditional Bolivian pasties  which we had been dying to try, but as most had fillings of Llama and other meat we hadnt had a chance in smaller towns. Luckily we found some vegetarian ones in La Paz and they really were delicious!

LaPaz-36 LaPaz-37 LaPaz-38 LaPaz-39 LaPaz-40 LaPaz-41 LaPaz-42

The Valle de la Luna or Moon Valley, is just outside of La Paz. It is an eroded clay mountain which has created the most insane shapes and valleys. It is called Moon Valley as apparently when Neil Armstrong visited the site he remarked how much it was like the surface of the moon.

LaPaz-43 LaPaz-44 LaPaz-45 LaPaz-46 LaPaz-47 LaPaz-48 LaPaz-49 LaPaz-50

We were lucky enough to stay right by the “witches” market where traditional offerings are sold. Most Bolivians seem to follow a hybrid of Catholic and traditional beliefs and these offerings often include llama foetuses  :( and other strange assortment of things.

LaPaz-51 LaPaz-53 LaPaz-54 LaPaz-55 LaPaz-56 LaPaz-57 LaPaz-58 LaPaz-60 LaPaz-62 LaPaz-63 LaPaz-64 LaPaz-65

The San Franciso church in the centre of La Paz was built in 1548 in the baroque mestizo style. It was a truly gorgeous church but much to our frustration, it seems that in neither Bolivia nor Peru you are allowed to shoot inside churches even without flash! We managed to sneak a couple but it is still frustrating thinking about all the amazing art we missed documenting!

LaPaz-66 LaPaz-67 LaPaz-68 LaPaz-69 LaPaz-70 LaPaz-71 LaPaz-72 LaPaz-73 LaPaz-74 LaPaz-75 LaPaz-76 LaPaz-77 LaPaz-78 LaPaz-79 LaPaz-80 LaPaz-81 LaPaz-82 LaPaz-83 LaPaz-84 LaPaz-85 LaPaz-86 LaPaz-87 LaPaz-88 LaPaz-89 LaPaz-90 LaPaz-91 LaPaz-92 LaPaz-93

2 thoughts on “Bolivia – La Paz”

  1. wow!!! what a fascinating place!!

  2. ntdthuy says:

    It’s such a wonderful place. I hope I have a chance to visit this place someday.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Andy & Szerdi on Instagram

  • Post ceremony hangouts.
  • From that insane backlight, you would never guess it bucketed down until 5 minutes before Kerry and Shane’s ceremony.
  • Kerry and Shane. Just a classic portrait. What you can’t see are the swarms of ants crawling up their feet and the tons of flies buzzing around their heads. Unexpected stories are the most fun, and the ones you always remember.
  • Some just married goodness 🔥
  • This love is 🔥
  • On Tuesday we got to witness Elaine and George say their “hell yeahs” to each other in the most magical stone cathedral in the Highlands outside of Sydney.
  • After 3 weeks of pretty much being camera free, we decided to get our eye back into it so we set ourselves a little challenge : weird portraits of each other shot only with our iPhones, in hard light with the crowds at the Sydney opera house and edited only with our phones. And it was so damn fun!
  • Have these two faces: A - just woken from a nap. B - just smoked a fatty. C - just had a massage on the beach. This is probably the quietest we’ve  been on IG since we joined it many moons ago. I fluctuate between feeling like our business is going to fall apart without giving it my constant attention, and relishing in being disconnected for a bit... All I know is we needed the rest 🙌🏽
  • When that first kiss literally sweeps you off your feet 💜
  • About 5 minutes into Carli and Karel’s ceremony it started raining pretty hard, but it cleared up just in time for the official being married bits 🙌🏽
  • Rosie and Deane, being all sexy and in love. Also, I am still beyond in love with her @sadiebosworthatelier dress 😱
  • Carli and Karel and some cool ass glass building lines ☺️

We Choose Adventure on Instagram

  • People watching from the shade.
  • Exploring the narrow streets and alleyways of Stone Town, Zanzibar. This place reminds us so much of the old part of Jeddah with the African/Arab cross culture and architecture.
  • It may be “sun’s out, guns out”, but it’s “balls out” at sunset when the heat finally let’s up.
  • Excellent vibe on what’s left of the beach at high tide.
  • Ocean and people watching from a shadey spot. The guy on the right, dressed in tradition Masai garb, is David. We had along chat about tattoos before he sold me a bracelet.
  • Dear god it’s hot. But also quite nice.
  • Hello Zanzibar 🤗 Can’t wait to get in that water!
  • We’re a hazard when we’re walking the streets cus we’re always looking up and bumping into people. Obsessed with the beautiful Dutch architecture!
  • If you really want to blow your mind in Amsterdam, try walking round an art gallery after visiting a “coffeeshop”. 🤯
  • Yesterday it was sunny, but the overcast sky and light drizzle suit this place way more. #wechooseadventure_scotland #wechooseadventure
  • Exploring Edinburgh at night. In this place, if it’s not raining, it’s about to rain. #wechooseadventure #wechooseadventure_scotland
  • Made a special mission to see these guys in Glasgow last night. Absolutely epic! @coheed

These are some of the awesome blogs we've been featured on


Website designed by us and custom built by Andy. Check out his website company Andy Stent - Wordpress Website Development for more info.