Witches | La Paz, Bolivia | 24th November
Travel Latin America Bolivia La Paz

The weird looking creatures are dried llama fetuses, found in the witch’s market. They are used to bless house construction, in a ceremony which involves burying one or more under the foundations.

The city views are of La Paz from the top floor of a 5-star hotel.

And finally, the kinda boring looking building with the ‘penitenciario’ busses outside is the infamous ‘San Pedro’ prison. If the guards had caught me taking this highly illegal photo, they would have smashed my camera into the tarmac and probably tried to drag me inside. San Pedro is a prison with a full economy inside, where the inmates own and rent their cells, restaurants, shops, hair salon… everything. It was the subject of the excellent book ‘Marching powder’ by Rusty Young. An important read for anyone hoping to understand Bolivia. A few years ago, it was possible to do tours (run by the inmates) and even spend a night inside the prison.