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La Paz, Surrounded by the Bolivian Altiplano – September 12th, 2009

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September 12th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Bolivia - August 31st, 2009

Bolivia - August 31st, 2009

Located high above sea level in the valleys of the Andes, the city of La Paz sits in a bowl surrounded by the high altiplano, clearly visible in this orthorectified image.

La Paz, as it grows, climbs the hills resulting in varying elevations from 3000 to 4100 m. Overlooking the city is towering triple-peaked Illimani, always snow covered.

The city of La Paz is the administrative capital of Bolivia, as well as the departmental capital of La Paz Department. Located at an average altitude of 3,660 metres (12,008 ft), it is the world’s highest capital city.

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