Drinking with altitude in La Paz

Nobody has ever heralded La Paz, Bolivia, as a great place for a night on the town. But it’s about time somebody did. Sure, it’s a mess of a city located in South America’s poorest country (or “plurinational state”). Sure, it’s historically lacked the types of bars outsiders might deem worthy of traveling for. And yes, it’s placed haphazardly in an Andean valley, 13,000 feet above sea level at its highest point, with air so thin you can barely walk up one of its unavoidable hills without gasping, much less drink a cocktail on your first day in town without expecting the inevitable hangover. But the city’s absurd geographic quandary is also part of its charm—and the very reason Bolivia’s de facto capital has emerged as a quixotic wonderland for sampling everything from high-altitude wines to altitude-alleviating coca liquors (yes, that coca) to beers made from the most beloved of Andean grains, quinoa… (continue reading on PUNCH).


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