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10 Amazing Things to do in La Paz

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10 Amazing Things to do in La Paz

La Paz is a city that isn’t on every traveler’s radar, but it should be. It’s an amazing city, set among the Andes Mountains and is the highest capital in the world. As Bolivia’s largest city there is a wealth of things to do in La Paz: great museums, stunning views of the mountains and the opportunity to get around by cable car rather than a boring public bus.

Here's a list of few things which can be done in La Paz :

 

10. Chacaltaya Ski Resort

Chacaltaya Ski Resort was Bolivia’s only ski resort. Unfortunately, the 18,000-year-old glacier it sat on no longer exists. Little remains today of what was once the world’s highest ski resort because the glacier melted, a victim of global warming. There’s been no skiing here since 2005.

9. Plaza Murillo

Surrounded by government buildings, including the Presidential Palace, and a cathedral, Plaza Murillo is the central square in La Paz. The square is filled with pigeons, people feeding them and people resting on benches when the city’s high altitude overcomes them. The plaza is also a place where many city celebrations take place.

8. Witches' Market

Visitors may want to take an amulet to ward off evil spirits when they go to the Witches Market or Mercado de las Brujas. Herb and folk remedies also are available as are products used to manipulate spirits that exist in the native world.

7. Huayna Potosi

Experienced hikers and mountain climbers may want to give Huayna Potosi a try, but only if they’re fully acclimatized to high altitudes. Located about 24 km (15 miles) from La Paz, this is the most popular spot for hiking in the area.

6. Basilica of San Francisco

The Basilica of San Francisco predates the founding of La Paz by a year. Construction on the church, dedicated to St. Francisco of Assisi, started in 1548. The church is a blend of cultures: Bolivian native and Catholic art. Its Baroque exterior is decorated with native symbols, including birds, snakes and dragons.

5. Calle Jaen

Calle Jaen, near the Plaza Murillo, is a cobblestone street that is considered the finest colonial street in La Paz. The narrow street is lined with brightly colored houses built in the 16th century. Boutiques, cafes and entertainment spots also make up the street’s complexion.

4. Valle de la Luna

Only a handful of people will ever travel to the moon, but those who want to see what it’s like can visit Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) just a few miles outside of La Paz. Not really a valley, but an amazing collection of canyons and spires that are reminiscent of the moon’s landscape. 

3. Cycle the Yungas Road

Dubbed the “World’s Most Dangerous Road” Yungas Road runs from La Paz to Bolivia’s Amazon rainforest region in the north of the country. From La Paz, the road climbs around 4,500 meters (15,000 feet) before descending around 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) to the town of Coroico.

2. Day trip to Tiwanaku

Located 72 km (44 miles) west of La Paz, near the south-eastern shore of Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku is one of the most important precursors to the Inca Empire. The community grew to urban proportions between the 7th and 9th centuries, becoming an important regional power in the southern Andes. 

1. Mi Teleferico

Travelers looking for a different way to get around La Paz may want to consider Mi Teleferico or My Cable Car. It’s a great way to get bird’s eye views of the city while moving around. The state-of-the-art cable car system opened in 2014 with three lines serving 10 stations; additional lines are planned. When it opened, it was the longest aerial cable car system in the world at 10 km (6.2 miles). 

                    

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Quotes That Will Inspire The Latent Traveler Within You

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Quotes That Will Inspire The Latent Traveler Within You

There is arguably nothing more thrilling than to find yourself in a strange land where no one knows your name, to discover the paths around an unknown city on your own, to eat new food and meet new people, to have your horizons expand and your heart burst with novel ideas.

Here's a compiled list of quotes to awaken the traveler within you; perhaps one of these might be the one to finally convince you to book that flight :

 

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
― Christopher McCandless

“Every hundred feet the world changes”
― Roberto Bolano

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
― Isabelle Eberhardt

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
― Pat Conroy

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
― Mary Anne Radmacher

“Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.”
― Ryu Murakami

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.”
― Agnes Repplier

“No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.”
― Patrick Rothfuss

“I had a desire to see something besides my own shores, if only to be content to return to them someday. If I wish to live in my native land and love her, it should not be out of ignorance.”
― Margaret George

                    

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Priyanka Chopra Is In Paris And Is Doing Everything Touristy!

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Priyanka Chopra Is In Paris And Is Doing Everything Touristy!

Priyanka Chopra truly epitomizes the nomadic life of a traveler. Being a globetrotter, it is always a surprise to learn about her whereabouts. From Mumbai to Delhi to LA to Europe, PeeCee has ticked off most of the destinations on her bucket list but her travels are far from over. We love how she manages to jet set from one part of the world to another and is currently on a working vacation in Paris with her mother.

Here’s what PeeCee is up to in Paris.

 

Posing with the Arc de Triomphe in the backdrop

And while in Paris, PeeCee shows off her smooth and flawless armpits putting an end to the debate. For those who don’t know, Priyanka was on the cover of Maxim this month and her photoshopped picture showing extremely flawless armpits created quite a stir.

Trust Priyanka to do something crazy like this even in Paris. She captioned it, “Eiffel at my finger tips”.

And you don’t leave Eiffel without a kiss in front of it. Witty PeeCee gives her mom a peck on the cheek for a candid Eiffel kiss memory.

Before Paris, Priyanka was in London to ring in her mommy dearest’s birthday. And boy, the two had a good time!

The beautiful London skyline in all its glory at night. Can you spot the Tower Bridge?

And if you still don’t believe how much of a traveler Priyanka is, take a look at her passport!

                    

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5 Best Places For A Family Vacation In August

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5 Best Places For A Family Vacation In August

If you’ve been planning to take a vacation with your family for the longest time, August is one of the best times to take a trip. With some creative planning, you can even manage to earn an entire week off! And to top it, being monsoons, you can expect fewer people at most places. 

So if you are convinced to take a family vacation, here are places you can visit in August.

 

1. Dalhousie

Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, Dalhousie is the perfect retreat for the entire family. The climate is very pleasant this time of the year. Admire the Victorian-style mansions, explore the region’s natural beauty and shop at the Tibetan market. 

2. Lavasa

India’s first smart city, Lavasa is a smooth drive away from Mumbai and Pune and makes for an ideal family vacation. You can visit it when you don’t have too many days on hand as there isn’t too much to see here.

3. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

White sand beaches, a peek into India’s history and freedom fight and islands that offer splendid views – that’s Andaman for you! Andaman is a good place to head to with your family. The place has plenty of things to do for all family members and makes for a relaxing getaway. When here, visit Port Blair, go to Havelock and Neil Islands.

4. Kerala

The beauty of God’s Own Country simply enhances during the rains. The fresh coat of green goes perfectly with the blue backwaters. When here, go on a houseboat ride, sample some authentic Kerala cuisine on a banana leaf and take in the beauty of the state at its beaches and backwaters.

5. Ooty

Ooty is one destination that is beautiful any time of the year. You can visit it all around the year and enjoy its pristine beauty. Surrounded by the Nilgiris, this hill station offers the perfect place to relax and bond with your family.

                    

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12 Most Scenic Lakes in Austria

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12 Most Scenic Lakes in Austria

Austria may be a landlocked nation, but it does have several stunning bodies of water. There are many lakes in Austria, and they are popular both with travelers and local residents. Whether you want to soak in some waterfront views or make a splash under the shadow of the Alps, Austrian lakes fit the bill.

Here's a look to few of the most scenic lakes in Austria one shouldn't miss :

 

12. Plansee 

Lake Plansee, found in the Tyrol region of Austria, is a large body of water connected to another lake, called the Heiterwang, via a canal. That makes the Plansee a popular spot for boating, since the lakes are both accessible via several rivers.

11. Traunsee

Another of the lakes in the Salzkammergut region is the Traunsee. This expansive lake is popular for outdoor activity, but it is best known for having its own underwater mythical creature called the Lungy, which may be comparable to the stories of the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland. 

10. Millstatter See

In the Carinthia region of Austria is the Millstatter See, whose steep shoreline makes it look just like a fjord. Helping to create the incredible terrain are the Nock Mountains and the Drava Valley, and the Hochgosch area to the south is wooded, creating even more lush greenery and visual interest.

9. Gruner See

Just outside of a village called Tragöß is the Gruner See, which translates literally to the Green Lake. The name is no mistake, and the waters of the lake are a vibrant green color with incredible visibility.

8. Weissensee

In the Gailtal Alps is the Weissensee, or White Lake. This glacial lake is an incredibly popular destination for all types of activities, and a ban on private motor boats means it retains its peaceful atmosphere and abundance of wildlife.

7. Faaker See

The Faaker See is considered to be the lake in Austria with the cleanest, most drinkable water. As you might imagine, that means the water quality is incredible, and there is plenty of visibility throughout the lake. There are several beaches on the Faaker See where you can pay a small fee to relax, swim and soak up the sun.

6. Worthersee

To find this stunning lake, head to the region of Carinthia in Austria. As early as the 19th century, the Austrian aristocracy have been spending their summers on the Wörthersee, which definitely encouraged Austrians and visitors alike to relax on the lake’s shores.

5. Mondsee

Mondsee is one of the largest privately owned lakes in Austria, and it is a stunning retreat that lets visitors escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Mentioned in a James Bond novel, Mondsee is the epitome of scenic.

4. Achensee

The largest lake in the Austrian district of Tyrol is Achensee, which also goes by the nickname Fjord of the Alps. The lake itself is stunning, thanks in part to the location right at the base of a mountain. However, it is the color and clarity of the water that makes it such an unusual and unforgettable destination.

3. Wolfgangsee

The Salzkammergut is a resort region in Austria where people from around the world flock for the lush green landscape and the abundance of spectacular lakes. One of the best is known as the Wolfgangsee. 

2. Zeller See

In the Austrian Alps is the Zellersee, or Lake Zell, which is a relatively small but beautiful freshwater lake. Because of its size, Zellersee freezes in the winter, making it perfect for year-round fun. During the summer, you can swim, fish or kayak in the clear water of the lake.

1. Hallstatter See

Lake Hallstatt, or the Hallstatter See, is another of the many lakes in the region of Salzkammergut. The lake is surrounded by mountains, creating a picturesque oasis. On the banks of the Hallstatter See is the famous town of Hallstatt, which boasts traditional Austrian architecture and charming attractions. 

                    

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