I started my trip with a flight into La Paz but in actuality, the airport is located in El Alto. Their customs require $135 of fresh, perfect US dollars for the reciprocity fee for U.S. citizens prior to getting into the country and I mean perfect bills. I had to go back and forth to the foreign currency stand outside of the customs area before I had the perfect bills that the custom officer would accept. It took me over 2 hours to complete this task. So prior to visiting Bolivia, be sure to go to your bank and get new bills to bring to Bolivia. Fortunately, I had a very patient taxi driver who was trying to help with this effort. Needless to say, he got more tip than usual.
My hotel that night was down in the heart of the old city near the Mercado de Hechiceria (Witches Market). It was interesting to walk along the streets but I did not brave carrying around my Nikon as I was walking around alone. There were interesting folk remedies for sale which are used by the Ayamara residents.
The night photo of La Paz was taken at the Mirador Laikakota.
The next morning I took a taxi over to where I would meet Sergio, my photography guide for the next 10 days and Mauro, my fellow visiting photographer from southern Brazil. Sergio also brought along his girlfriend, Chavi, to help. There were only the 4 of us so a regular 4x4 would suffice.
We visited other areas around La Paz and our hotel was located near the Valley de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) with erosional features on some of the canyon walls.