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.
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:
- “Camina lentito” (Walk slowly)
- “Come poquito” (Eat in moderation)
- “Duerme solito” (Sleep alone)