Even though La Paz is the highest (in altitude) of any South American capitol, it actually sits in the base of what looks like a collapsed pit. Which is why the slum town-turned-third-most-populated-city in the country is called El Atlo. It perches on the edge of the pit and is the site of the most recent rounds of riots. It’s easy to see why – people here have nothing left to lose. And yet one of them, a taxi driver named Eosebio, guides us down into the city so that we arrive safely at the only hotel he knows of with a parking lot big enough for our camper. A Christmas gift indeed.
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