Sunday, June 24, 2012

This week - yes, more tourist pictures

Being an intern is hard work. You have to be ready to drop everything and have fun at a moment's notice. Luckily, this Thursday we were at the top of our game. The country took the day off for the Aymara New Year/Winter Solstice and we headed out for a day trip.

Just 30 minutes or so from our housing is the Valle de la Luna

It's about 1 hours worth of entertainment, but it's just gorgeous. And at 15 Bolivianos (a little over 2 bucks) the price was certainly right.

Naturally we had to take an embarrassing shadow picture.


The weekend came pretty quick after that. Saturday we rented a car and headed out to the Yungas again, this time for a little excitement (ie riding zipline, this was my first time!)

We started out passing some typical altiplano sights - lots of llamas and sunlight.

We hit the summit of….something.

Then we hit some gorgeous mountains.

Finally we were in the forest, home to the beautiful city of Coroico, the zip line, and a very famous road.

(The death road!) Unlike last week, this time we did the official death road. We only drove on it for about 5 minutes to get to the top of the zip line, but now at least I can cross it off my list.

Then we zipped from one mountain to another. It was a rush.

Literally, from one mountain to another. Three times for about 30 dollars. Mostly I didn't get many good pictures, but suffice to say that we were really high off the ground for awhile and I was super brave.

We stopped for a quick lunch in the beautiful little town of Coroico …

And headed back home.

(Through the fog.)

Isn't it pretty fog though?

It's crazy how it can be so tropical and green just a couple hours from La Paz. We felt utterly spoiled with all the readily available oxygen, humid air, and greenery everywhere. If I was posted here for a couple years I would spend quite a few weekends in Coroico.

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