Biking the World’s Most Dangerous Road, A Photo Diary – La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz is a place that is often met with some sceptism from backpackers who are travelling through South America. It has a reputation for being dangerous and not having the wow factor of other capitals on the continent. However, i loved my time there and found it an amazing destination to simply wander around and take in the sights that surrounded you.

The world’s highest capital city has a lot to offer, but one of the stand out activities is actually slightly outside of the city itself. It is famed as ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Road’ due to the number of lives that have been lost on this tight, mountain pass. However, the bike ride itself is not too dangerous if you approach it with the right mindset. Too many backpackers turn up after a late night on the town and are unable to concentrate sufficiently when you have sheer cliff edges just feet away. Many also see it as a race which is another recipe for disaster. But if you prepare correctly and approach the bike ride in the right way then it will be one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have whilst travelling. Hopefully this photo diary will give you just a hint of the experience you can have on ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Road’…

Once you’ve dried off your boat feet you should head to downtown Pest (on your skatebaord?) which is home to much of the stunning architecture the city has to offer. The neogothic parliament building and St Stephen’s Basilica are just a couple of the stand out attractions though there is enough there to keep you busy for weeks. If you get tired of wandering around and need a break then fear not, there are plenty of beautiful parks spread around the area, unsurprisingly for somewhere likened to Paris.

And we haven’t even got on to the food and drink yet! Budapest is strewn with unique eateries that really make dining an experience and allow you to do something different every night you’re there. My favourite was a medieval banquet we ate with our hands which left my sat at the table, as stuffed as i’ve ever been, with a board so full of food it looked like we hadn’t touched it! Needless to say we had a good packed lunch the next day.

And, of course, drinking will certainly not be an issue when you’re backpacking in Budapest. Many visit the city to do just that and forget about the rest. The Hungarians know how to drink a beer and are always very welcoming in inviting backpackers under their wing and showing them the best night spots. Just don’t get fooled by some of the local scams that have started popping up where you get invited into bars by generous locals and then slapped with an unscrupulous bill which you weren’t expecting…

Budapest is a stunning city with so much to do you’ll almost certainly leave feeling like you missed a bit. Don’t worry though, you can always go back, i have and still feel like that when i leave. I’m always left with one nagging thought though – are all city names split by the river? Pra and Gue anyone? Answers on a postcard…

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