I've spent 20 days in western Bolivia as a tourist (Uyuni, Potosi, Sucre, La Paz). For a tourist, it is a dream: wonderful landscapes, nice and discret people, strong "exotic" traditions (remaining Andean culture for instance), interesting architectural heritage (especially Potosi and Sucre)... and it is very cheap! (because unfortunately it remains very poor too)
The other "good point" is also the relative security (compared to other south-American countries!)
I really think to go back there before this country get "westernized".
And La Paz is one of the most impressive city I have ever seen in my life (maybe the most impressive). Street life there is not "oppressive" also.
La Paz is at 3500 meters high... in average! It depends on where you are located in the city. The downtown is at 2600m and the poor neighboorhoods at more than 3800m... Sometimes there is a vertigo feeling.
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