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La Paz ~ Tiwanaku

© V. DE MEERLEER
-- Visiting Tiwanaku. --

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Monday, October 15, 2001
La Paz ~ Tiwanaku

Breakfast in our chamber, while watching BBC-world news to have an update on the last news flashes concerning antrax attacks in the USA. At 8.15 we leave for Tiahuanaco. On the way to this historic site Némé give some explanations about the places and villages we drive through.
In Tiahuanaco we first visit the museum, again with the good information from our guide. And afterwards we enter the partly escavaded site. Only a fraction of this place has been dug up due to lack of money, and a shortage of research workers. Curios if they ever will make big discoveries here, because at this moment one must make rather many assumptions to connect the objects that are found here.
By 2pm we are back in our hotel, urgent to search for some food. Small streets leads us to Plaza Morilla where we order a hamburger. Afterwards we examine the Palace of Justice, the presidential home, the cathedral, church Merced, the town hall, church Santa Domingo and Callé Jaén.
At 6.30pm we get information about the Takesi trail. Némé will be our guide for the next three trekking days. Approximately half the group goes along on this trail. The other half will bike to Coroico: 60km downhill ride.
After the information session, we prepare the backpacks. I'm the only one that will carry his own backpack, the others rent two extra mules to carry luggage. Before we go to sleep, we have a last dinner in 'El Lobo'. This time only Israeli people are inside. It appears that rather many people have escaped during the second world war and emigrated to this region.

© V. DE MEERLEER
-- With the sun gate. --

© V. DE MEERLEER
-- Small and busy parks in La Paz. --


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