La Paz Journals

Mercado Lanza

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A travel journal to La Paz by SeenThat

Mercado Lanza - Fruits Stall Photo, La Paz, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: After two years of complicated construction over an underground river, the low structure of the New Lanza Market was inaugurated at the very center of La Paz.

Mercado Lanza

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Attraction | "On Slanted Slits"

Mount Illimani Photo, Bolivia, South America
Quote:
Travelers visiting La Paz from 2008 to mid 2010 met a big hole at its center. The area known as "Plaza Perez Velazco" was under massive construction. A new walking bridge connecting both sides of the city main avenue – from the Lanza Market to the Mercado Street - was under construction. The avenue runs atop the Choqueyapu River, with the terrain gaining height quickly at its both sides; all construction in the area forces dealing with the restless river, which causes long delays. Then, a tunnel connecting the Santa Cruz and Potosi streets - on opposite sides of the same avenue - was constructed on the same place. Finally, the Mercado Lanza was relocated into a new building; the myriad of stalls occup...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2010

Mercado Lanza

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Attraction | "On Perez Velazco and More"

Llama Souvenirs Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
Quote:
As commented on the first entry of this journal, Lanza market is atop the upper side of La Paz main avenue and provides exceptional views of the city and the Altiplano – the Andean High Plateau. In fact the main reason for visiting the market is enjoying the unusual views provided by its balconies. These include some of the most iconic views of the city.Santa Cruz and the TunnelI entered the market from the Santa Cruz Street, through an access staircase. From the entrance door there, I enjoyed good views of the Santa Cruz Street and the new tunnel connecting this street with Potosi, across the main avenue.Santa Cruz corner Illampu – a few blocks up from the m...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2010

Mercado Lanza

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Attraction | "A Rustic Lunch in Mercado Lanza"

Mercado Lanza - Lunch Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
Quote:
On Almuerzo Boliviano"Almuerzo" is Spanish for "lunch." Yet, being an isolated society, Bolivia did adapt this term – as many others – to its peculiar traditions and extreme climatic conditions. Most places advertising "almuerzo" mean they are offering set lunches. "Platos extra," i.e. "extra-dishes," is added when other options are available.Despite the options being varied, assessing what is offered for an "almuerzo" is easy from just one look at the establishment. The ideal Bolivian lunch includes an entrée, a soup, a main dish and a dessert. If a lunch costs less than 10 BOB (roughly $1.5), it means some sacrifices had been performed on the ideal. Between 15 and 20 B...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2010

Lido Grill

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Restaurant | "On a Dandy Waiter and Hot Food"

Lido Grill Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
Quote:
I’m ready to sacrifice myself for the sake of these journals, but only up to certain limit. Having escaped the would-be-thieves at the market, I entered Lido Grill. This well known establishment is located across the walking bridge from the market and provides one of the best set lunches in the area. At 20 BOB (almost three dollars) it is a bit pricey in local terms, but not excessively so.Its interior is large, featuring three large rooms. The inner ones are better, since the entrance is noisy and crowded. Being a slightly upmarket destination means the "ficha" system is not implemented here. This means the customer pays at the exit. One of the drawbacks of set meals is that t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2010

Mercado Lanza

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Attraction | "Chirimoya Et Al"

Dehydrated Fruits Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
Quote:
The first stalls that appeared once I was inside the market were the fruit ones. This was not casual; the stalls roughly keep the order they had in the former street market. At the lower end of Santa Cruz Street there were fruit stalls, and they are now located at the same location but within the new building."Super-Vitaminico" shout the sellers at the passersby in a phrase that needs no translation into English. Sometimes these two languages are very similar (though "exito" does not mean "exit"). It was very tempting, but I decided to keep the delightful experience for after lunch.Accordingly, I returned there and studied the offerings. Bolivia offers awesome fruits, in amazin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2010

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