Bolivia; La Paz, Sucre, Potosi & Uyuni
Okay, I'm going to be controversial here and say it: I didn't love Bolivia. Aside from The Salt Flats but that's a whole different thing (and a different blog!)
Weirdly Bolivia was better than I expected in terms of cleanliness, hygiene, restaurants and accommodation but there's nothing to do anywhere. And it's so cold!!!
So La Paz - we did what we could in terms of The Cable Cars (Red & Yellow Lines), a Walking Tour and wandered around the city, up to The Witches Market. We visited various other markets, streets, shops, churches and the main square etc. However we were there for 4 whole days which, if you're not going to go to Death Road the famous biking trip then it's too much. We stayed in Loki Hostel, nice enough - free tea and coffee all day but a party hostel so noisy at night.
Next stop was Sucre, the capital city of Bolivia which is very pretty, white washed buildings and colonial architecture. We did a walking tour here which was good, tried the local food and drinks (essentially fried donuts and lumpy rice - corn - pudding in a glass) and went to the markets. Also the cemetery is a big attraction in Sucre but I just felt awkward on a walking tour around mourning and grieving people. We went to a view point and spent some time walking around Bolivar Park - home to their "Eiffel Tower." The Main Square is nice and full of beautiful architecture and important politics buildings. There's a nearby attraction of a Dinosaur Park where real footprints can be found but unfortunately due to the Bank Holiday and it being closed we couldn't go! Here we stayed in Villa Oropeza - lovely little hostel with gardens and very spacious but kitchens could be cleaner...
Potosi is again, aesthetically nice to look at, but not much to do. It's full of buses and therefore very polluted and also very high. It's a shame because it has a huge modern tower which was once home to The World's Highest Revolving Restaurant but now it stands as an unused tower. There are churches, restaurants etc and the main attraction - The Mint Museum but it was a £5 entrance fee which we wouldn't pay at home so we skipped it. We stayed in Casa de Huespedes La Vicuña which was so cold at night and all round bizarre. Mismatched furniture and what looked like old antique British decor. It's nice enough for a night but I wouldn't stay much longer.
Uyuni - now this is touristic due to its proximation to The Salt Flats, it's full of shops, restaurants, accommodation and tour agencies galore. As a town, it's nice, a little bit dirty but there's a huge street market, some nice restaurants, the famous clock tower and lots of tours to do nearby. We didn't do much except wander around the town as we had already booked our Salt Flats tour and we would be visiting The Train Graveyard on that tour. Otherwise the Train Graveyard is a 3km drive away and it's worth the trip and of course there's half day, one day or multi day tours available to The Salt Flats depending on your time allowance! In Uyuni we stayed in Marjor Hostel which was private rooms with shared bathrooms. A great location and it was nice and clean but it didn't have a kitchen which is annoying!