Set in an extinct volcanic high in The Andes, La Paz is the world’s highest capital city. The air up here is thin, so thin in fact that the city only has a single fire engine as there is simply not enough oxygen to keep a fire burning.
The terrain is challenging and that’s putting it mildly. Other than the main roads, any road marked is a track that takes you quickly out of the city and into the mountains.
If you’re into downhill you can take a lift up to the highest ski resort in the world at Chacaltaya, although be warned, it’s an icy wind blown area at the best of times.
From the city to the countryside, La Paz is a harsh place, and the lack of oxygen just makes it even more challenging.