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Helping Paraguay’s Poverty Stoplight Go Global

Last week I had the privilege to attend a workshop in La Paz, Bolivia. La Paz is located at an elevation of 3,600m above sea level and sits in a bowl surrounded by the high mountains of the altiplano. As it grew, the city of La Paz climbed the hills, resulting in varying elevations of 3,200 to 4,100m. Right after I arrived at the airport of El Alto, I was quickly blown away by the spectacular views over the city.

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First view over the city

Born and raised in a country that is partly below sea level, I happily followed the three rules that, according to the locals, every visitor to La Paz should obey in order to prevent altitude sickness:

  1. “Camina lentito” (Walk slowly)
  2. “Come poquito” (Eat in moderation)
  3. “Duerme solito” (Sleep alone)

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