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City Tour La Paz, Bolivia & Urban Rush (Travel Video Blog 041)

la paz from above

The capital of Bolivia can be overwhelming for first time visitors. Therefore I went on a City Tour La Paz with Ben, a local who was born and raised there. We walked along local markets, took the public transport, ate Streetfood and visited a shamane. And of course I couldn't leave La Paz without doing the legendary Urban Rush – a face first rappel with a free fall from a 50m skyscraper!

the video: City Tour La Paz, Bolivia & Urban Rush

La Paz is the capital and with this also the largest city of Bolivia. It is supposed to be the highest located capital of the world with an altitude up to 4.100m.Due to this location in the mountains a city tour in La Paz means going up and down all the time. Moreover the city is kind of chaotic – the traffic the huge amount of people living here and the altitude make it a very special experience for travelers. Especially if you come from the south and the wide landscapes of Uyuni or from the calm and relaxing Copacabana.

I was lucky that I got the contact details of Ben, a guy who was born here and was about to organize off-the-beaten path city tours in La Paz. So I sent a message to him and we organized a meeting and went straight on a private tour through his city.

As a traveler especially in Bolivia it is sometimes not that easy to find these kind of tours because the tourism industry is not that well developed apart from the Death Road Mountainbiking or the tours through the Uyuni region. Most of the young travelers who come to La Paz stay therefore not longer than 3 days and use it to party and move on to the mentioned highlights.
If you want to get the real feeling for the city and with this for Bolivia you should discover the city with a guide, open your mind and experience the culture. It will enrich your travels and give you a real slice of Bolivia!

Last but not least I got invited by Urban Rush Bolivia to do the adrenaline thing one can do right in the city centre. Urban Rush is a rappel you can do face first with a big free fall at the end and yes, it is quite scary. Nevertheless I decided to go for it, even though I have a fear of hights, like I did last year with the pendulum jump in Portugal or earlier in Bolivia with the Death Road and Zip-Lining.
As you see I had a great view and it was big fun – so I even did it two times!

p.s.: If you are keen to do the mentioned stuff have a look into the Travel Guide La Paz where you'll find also discount codes – the one for Urban Rush will give you a 5% discount.

 

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Disclosure:

My accommodation in La Paz was supported by Hostelbookers.com – together with Traveldudes they help me to show you South America on my #HolaGringo trip. The tour was provided by Banjotours & Urban Rush invited me to try the adrenaline filled rappel activity in the middle of the city!
All the content I provide from my travels is completely my own – this goes for opinions and views as well as for recommendations.

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  • I quite liked La Paz when I was there, the Death Road was of course my favorite experience, but visiting Valle de la Luna was also so worth it. Although getting there and back proved much more difficult than we had hoped because of demonstrations that were happening at the time, so we had to squeeze into an already full car with some locals who were going our way.

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  • Brigid

    I spent 5 days in La Paz, and after I got used to the chaos and congestion, I quite liked the city. I did a free walking tour with ‘Red Cap Tours’ on my first day, which was a great introduction to the sprawling city. My husband and I also visited the ‘worlds highest golf course’ which was really gorgeous. Only my husband played a round of golf, I just walked around the course and admired the rugged scenery. Also loved the witches market and the nightlife. Restaurant tip…if you’re after a fancy meal for next to nothing, head to Tambo Colonial Restaurant…wonderful food, service and cocktails :)

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