03/09/2011 - 03/09/2011 16 °C
This is Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) which is made of sandstone which has been eroded away by wind and rain to form 'stalagmites'. The valley is about 10km outside of La Paz. It isn’t actually a valley at all, but a bizarre, eroded hillside maze of canyons and pinnacles.
Whilst on the bus ride out to Valle de la Luna we were instructed to keep our hand and heads inside the open top bus due to low lying bridges, cables and traffic lights. The guy sat across from me on the top deck stood up at one point and his head was very close to a bridge as we were travelling along. All sorts of thoughts went through my head as to what would happen if he had hit his head like something out of a horror film where he gets decapitated! We were then going through quite a built up part of town when he again stood up and some overhead cables smacked him straight in the face sending him flying back into his seat. Luckily he wasn´t hurt too much just a sore face, a bloody nose and looking a bit sheepish, serves him right!
On a more pleasant note, I have met up with the other girl in my room, Caroline. She seems nice and we get on really well. We went for a stroll up and down the streets of La Paz this afternoon, taking in all the delights of the 'Witches Market' where they sell lots of things including llama fetuses to bury under your house to bring you good luck, think I´ll pass on that one! We will be meeting up with the other travellers (all girls) in our group later on this evening for some food and drinks, so will wait to see what they are all like.
An early start tomorrow as we prepare for the short flight to Sucre, and all that awaits us in Bolivia!