We learnt how the current President, Evo Morales, is treasured by the locals, having vastly improved the country during the course of his presidency. The country’s economy has been growing at around 4.9% each year; the number of critically poor has rapidly decreased and infant mortality, which was at 11% 10 years ago, is now at less than 1%.
We crossed the Bolivian border from Peru after a two-hour drive around Lake Titicaca. We were taken from the town of Copacabana – a great place to stay – on a boat across the lake to Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun). Here, we climbed the Grand Inca Stairs to an amazing vista where we had a dreamy lunch.
As I mentioned earlier, La Paz lies at 3,650m above sea level and, interestingly, the more desired houses are at bottom of the valley in favour of the lower altitude over the views. As the city is situated in a valley within the Andes, there was no way of building an underground system, so instead, they built a cable-car transport system that allows people to get across the city in the sky and take in the beautiful scenery.