It is located in the western part of the country at an elevation of roughly 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level, making it the world’s highest de facto capital city, or administrative capital, with Quito, Ecuador, being the highest legal capital.
Overlooking the city is the triple-peaked Illimani moutain, which is always snow-covered and can be seen from several spots of the city.
In the Flickr photo description, Szekely describes his thoughts as he arrived in La Paz for the first time:
“Arriving to La Paz by land is quite an experience. La Paz is in a valley, but it overflowed into the Altiplano. In South America, the outskirts of the big cities are very poor. The peasants coming from the countryside looking for jobs settle there. So, your first contact with La Paz is quite shocking, as you see the extreme poverty of the people who live there.
The bus then winds down the road into the very crowded La Paz. The streets are narrow and lined with little stores that sell everything, the traffic and pollution are horrible, and there are lots of people. It is picturesque but unsettling. I live in Los Angeles, but I am from Colombia and I have seen my share of poverty. La Paz is something else.
This is what happens when you tape a bunch of glow sticks to a ceiling fan, turn the lights out and take a long exposure photograph. Submitted earlier this month to reddit by user jareyjareyjareyjarey, the photographer says he randomly placed about 7 or glow sticks on each blade and then took a 30 second exposure.
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Reddit user Sick_Nerd_Baller submitted this hilarious photo last Friday to reddit where it promptly reached the front page and has been viewed 1.44 million times on Imgur since. He says his friend caught the priceless photo while diving in Australia.
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