La Paz!!We arrived in La Paz in the early hours, and I just couldn't face the city straight away. Had a nice morning of DVD watching and moving into our hostel! We stayed at the highly recommended Adventure Brew Hostel and it was fabulous!We finally ventured out and got some or our trips booked and headed the infamous Oliver's Travels for dinner. It didn't disappoint one bit, although Claudia wasn't sure about her Shepherd's Pie! Ha!The streets of La Paz are as crazy as you might expect. I can see why so many people have problems with muggings here because there is just so much opportunity for it. It's loud and busy, but it's La Paz you know! There are so many traditionally dressed women and people selling all kinds of things. There are so many stalls everywhere, it's fabulous.We spent the next few days investigating the city.
In La Paz, one of the big things to do is to mountain bike The World's Most Dangerous Road. Oh my god, that was an experience.Some people don't find it that bad cos they don't really think about it, but the drop is enormous. You get kitted up and bike the first 30kms on flat, concreted, but very windy roads to get to the most dangerous road, and get used to mountain biking. There's no lazily sitting on your seat, you have to stand up and forward to allow the suspension on the bike to take all the bumps in the road. I thought that the world's most dangerous road would just be abit of fun, and there would be a couple of big drops, but that you could walk those bits if you really wanted. I was WRONG!The entire 33kms are ridiculously bumpy gravel and stone road, and the drop is there the entire way down.It's the scariest thing in the world. The day we went the weather was terrible and we couldn't see a foot in front of us.It was raining, so our goggles were useless. I almost didn't do it cos I was so terrified.There have been so many deaths (this is where the title comes from) and you have to ride on the edge of the drop (this is so automobile drivers can see the edge as they drive, so their wheels don't drop off the edge, which they often do!)It was hectic.I managed to talk myself into doing it, but kept two fingers on the breaks the entire time. The bikes slipped a lot and within our group we had three people come of (obviously not over the edge though, although one of the girl's bikes came pretty close). I had to sit out two of the legs.I was coming around one of the most dangerous corners and my bike slipped over some bike rocks, and I just totally lost my nerve.I had to sit in the bus until I felt ok to go on. It was an amazing experience, but terrifying.The day ended at a very cool animal sanctuary, but sadly after that a three and a half hour drive back to La Paz we were pretty shattered. We opted to go back along the death road so we could really see it. That made it much worse!
Our trip to the jungle was postponed, so we managed to have our dirty night out in La Paz. It is a bloody fun city, but a little grubby for my liking you know. I was glad we got to party there though.