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Three Miles Up
Submitted by cleo on 2006-11-24 04:47:44 (via
Here - a very interesting account by a “guinea-pig” in a research, done during a high-altitude medical expedition to Bolivia to observe how high altitude affects people. Then there is the afterward adventure: piranha fishing, searching for anacondas, swim in a pool with dolphins and alligators – weren’t they "agresivo”?;o) Crazy! I like it!
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Submitted by Amber on 2006-11-29 04:25:02
Never though high-altitude can affect one. I didn't notice it, but I also never went that high.

Interesting research - it's not mortal afterall: this is the most satisfying conclusion;o)
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Submitted by Vernicke on 2007-09-04 15:49:09
It makes me soooo happy that ppl really like and enjoy visiting Bolivia, I took the time to read this article and I think it's quite accurate to what Bolivia is and has. I happen to live in Santa Cruz - Bolvia, hot, nice people, amayzing landscapes and parties, sadly Andrew didn't get to visit my city. I've been to La Paz a couple times and I felt the absence of oxigen and also felt the fast heart beating. The Amazonia is an exotic place no one can actually describe.
People come to Bolivia and visit Santa Cruz, you wont regret it
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-09-05 22:38:24
I was reading your comment and I do belive that Santa Cruz is a beatiful city, but I also belive that we have to try to increase turism in all our country, and as you can see turists enjoy diversity and I think we have that, no seamos regionalistas.

Que viva Bolivia
Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-09-04 17:34:35
I have to say that the article about altitude is quite accurate, people react diferently to altitude.

But it´s true, La Paz is a really beautiful city, is fact is the biggest and most important city in Bolivia, that´s why most people think it´s the capital.

The only bad thing sometimes can be the weather, it´s gets chilly sometimes, and the best thing that my city has is the people, the most friendly people in Bolivia, not to mention a lot posibilities to have fun specially at night at the different clubs, watching live rock bands at pubs, restaurants, or maybe doing sightseeing tours around the different touristic places La Paz has to offer.

If you ever come to Bolivia, La Paz is Really the city you have to see, it´s really worth it.
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Submitted by alancastro on 2007-09-04 20:47:15
Well, I have read the whole thing and I agree with most of the information provided by Andrew. Some people think that La Paz only has its altitude, but only in the city you can find valleys that differ from the 3600 mts La Paz supposely has to 2000, and if you go to Los Yungas or Rurrenabaque that is Amazonia. The description of Potosi is good, but honestly speaking, it is undescriptable, you need to be there. I am from La Paz, but as Vernicke says, you need to visit all the other places. In Santa Cruz there is a beautiful place called Samaipata, an impressive quechua fort. Oruro is amazing for its caves and for its carnival. Sucre is a republican city, with a lot of museums to visit if you want to know more about the Republic and Simon Bolivar. Well, there so many beautiful places here, and so different one from each other, that I would say that pretty much everything is possible in Bolivia. So Caren, I fope your question is answered. And I encourage anyone interested to come to not fear the political disturbance here. We are very friendly with strangers, and we are just solving some problems in the family, which are nine beautiful departments with such generous people. So yes, visit Bolivia, but visit it all.
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Submitted by martin on 2007-09-05 14:14:41
most of the article is true, if not all of it. i enjoyed reading such an accurate vision of such a wonderful country. some of the most breath taking sights can be seen just a few hours from the any of Bolivia's city centres: high lands, a coast like small town, jungles that later merge with the Amazon... coming to this side of Bolivia is an adventure, even being in the city themselves.
the thinner air can also be a problem-not a problem per se, rather an inconvenient- for local people too, as it has happened to me many a times; but it is mostly overrated, it's just a matter of time before one can get used to it and not end up out of breath every other five minutes.
the rest of the country has it own flair, something for everyone who has the time to come and discover it. from big city attractions such as theatre, clubs, dining, etc-all in a smaller scale-, to adventures worthy of fantasy tales.
truly, a different experience from all the circuit trips and expeditions most of us have been to around Latin America.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-09-05 22:29:23
Your article is really interesting, It is true that altitude affects when you get into La Paz, but it takes some hours or
a day to get used to it, I think it also depends on how old are you, young people get used to it faster than old people.
La Paz is a beatiful place to visit. Bolivia is a complete country, some people say we have it all, beautiful mountains ,warm valleys and hot cities with a lot of vegetation. And we all are friendly people. Thanks for coming to our country
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