Category Bolivia

Three Tips to Survive a Day at the Street Market (Without Getting Mugged)

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Buying flowers from a street vendor in Bolivia – Eva and Coco make friends quickly in the markets as everyone is fascinated by their gringo looks!

On our overland trip from Argentina to Montana, we stopped in Cochabamba, the gateway to the Bolivian Altiplano, and found out that the city hosted the largest open-air market in the Americas: “La Cancha.” This market was described to us as a crowded, chaotic, claustrophobic, and exhilarating place where you can find just about anything for sale.

The street market sprawls more than 25 hectares (61 acres) and it’s divided in sections (potatoes, fruits, costume rentals, electronics, clothing, etc) but there is no official guide on how to find what you want...

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