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Old 07-20-2014, 12:29 AM   #751
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La Paz and road blocks

The one benefit to the blockade was that there was zero traffic getting into the city. Arriving at the tollbooth we saw the army forces gathering and getting ready to break up the blockade. The view of the city in its “bowl” is incredible.



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Old 07-20-2014, 12:34 AM   #752
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Hardly see a tree in this picture. A really interesting view of human world. Thank you.

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Old 07-20-2014, 11:12 PM   #753
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[QUOTE=VietHorse;24654333]Hardly see a tree in this picture. A really interesting view of human world. Thank you.

Yes this is a big city in a natural bowl and it is over 3600 m. The city has expanded up the hills in all directions. You can not see them but there lots of tree lined streets.

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Old 07-21-2014, 05:17 PM   #754
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La Paz

We went of a bit of a walk thru the old city and the Iglesias of San Francisco.



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Old 07-21-2014, 05:17 PM   #755
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La Paz

You can climb to the roof thru this very narrow stairway.



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Old 07-21-2014, 05:18 PM   #756
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La Paz

In the large cities in Bolivia they have these Zebra crossing guards to keep people following the traffic rules.



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The main square of the city is quite small and over run with pigeons.



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Old 07-23-2014, 01:07 PM   #757
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Death Road

The big event for today is the famous DEATH road or Yungas road of Bolivia. This is a 69 km road to Coroico from the RN 3 about 56 km from La Paz. Leaving La Paz the RN 3 ascends to 4650 m (15,260 ft) at la Cumbre Pass and then descends to 1200 m (3,900 ft) at Coroico.



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Old 07-23-2014, 01:07 PM   #758
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Death Road

The road is largely 1 lane (3.2 m or 10 ft wide) with few guardrails and cliffs up t 600 m or 2000 ft. The downhill driver must stay to the left to get a better view. There is little uphill traffic now unlike in the past when the road earned its name. The most dangerous thing on the road now is the mountain bikers. About 1 a year has died since 1998.



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Old 07-23-2014, 01:08 PM   #759
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Death Road

You enter the death road off of the RN 3 and head down hill all the way.


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There are some cool waterfalls that you drive thru.



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Old 07-23-2014, 01:09 PM   #760
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Death Road

We met another couple from BC on their way up. They had started early and were almost at the top or otherwise they would be constantly running into moutain bikers taking over the road.


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Old 07-23-2014, 01:10 PM   #761
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Death Road

You have to pay a tourist tax at the bottom of the road, but this fee does supposedly pay for road maintenance, signs, and ambulance service. It is 25 Bolivianos each (about 4$).



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Then there is about another 20 km of dirt and water crossings to join back to the asphalt to head back the 100 km to La Paz.



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Old 07-23-2014, 01:46 PM   #762
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:10 AM   #763
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:07 PM   #764
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Thanks so much it was a great days ride!!
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I love this Pic too I think it says a lot about the adventure of motorcycling!
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