Imagine having to live in a mountainous region where vehicles labor through the torturous zigzag climb up steep roads, then back again. Picture bumper to bumper traffic.
Every. Single. Day.
Residents of La Paz, Bolivia, particularly those living in the El Alto mountaintop city, have reason to rejoice. They now have the world’s largest cable car system to help them navigate the endless rush hour traffic in this region where 2 million people live.
Thanks to 11 kilometers of gondola lines.
With close to seven miles of cables winding their way 500 meters from the world’s highest mountaintop metropolis and across neighboring cities, the cable car network passes through 11 stations with sleek, modern terminals.
It is the longest cable car network in the world.
While mountaintop roads provide a tiring and tedious means to get to bustling La Paz nearly 4,000 meters below, it means more than an hour of treacherous and unsteady terrain.
But its a perfect fit for cable cars.
The gondola system will save commuters a lengthy, uncomfortable commute amidst blaring horns and smoke belching vehicles.
In total, the system’s three lines of cable cars can accommodate up to 18,000 passengers. The pods can take them 11 kilometers to their destination within an hour.
Previously, residents living in El Alto needed to wake before dawn to fight their way to a bus, and make their zigzagging commute down the mountain to their jobs in the cities below.
La Paz, Bolivia’s horrendous rush hour traffic
More importantly, apart from easing traffic congestion, the cable car system runs on electricity, which considerably cuts down on pollution.
As an added plus, passengers will get to relax with a beautiful view of the glacier-capped Andes mountains, and the colorful sight of La Paz’s labyrinthine streets down below.
The picturesque view from above.
Built by Austria’s Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, La Paz’s gondola system cost a total of $234 million to build. Commuters will be paying anywhere from 2.50 to 3.50 bolivianos ($0.36 to $0.51) to get from El Alto to La Paz’s commercial district. A reasonable rate competitive with ground transport fares.
With similar cable systems already operating in London, Portland, Oregon, Columbia, and Rio de Janeiro, these cheap and environmentally friendly transportation pods could very well usher in the “Golden Age of Gondolas.”
Photographer Captures Reality Behind Dream Landmarks From All Over The World
See the famous monuments through fresh eyes and in a different and new perspective like you’ve never seen them before.
We see countless photographs of famous landmarks by tourists. Whenever we travel, we can take up to hundreds of shots to always try to capture the perfect picturesque view in front of us. Being up close to a famous monument of a certain country is not just about seeing the art itself but also being able to have a grasp of the history behind the places almost as if you become a part of something bigger, something more.
But, have you ever wondered what it truly is like being in the exact place? What is it like around the Pyramids in Egypt and The Great Wall of China? How does it look like behind Christ the Redeemer in Rio?
Photographer Oliver Curtis' life turned around when went to Cairo for a freelance assignment four years ago. He visited the Great Pyramid of Giza and thought about capturing what he saw behind and around. Who would have thought that there'd be a golf course behind the great stone tents and countless trash from the visitors?
Breathtaking Photos Show How Famous Cities Have Changed Over The Past Decades
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It is amazing to think about how seeing the places now, we are so unaware of all that they have been through and take it all for granted. Every skyscraper close to the clouds and the bridges that make us able to get connected to other places that people found it difficult to reach before. Every place has a story and a photograph can, as they say, say a thousand words.
Have you ever wondered how all the famous cities in the world ever looked like before becoming the breathtaking places that they are now?
Here are some of the famous cities all over the world and how they looked like decades before vs. now:
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It’s available in green tea, coffee, red wine, and others.
There are days when you just want to relax and take a sip of your favorite drink. And there are days when you look at your beverage and wish you can actually swim there.
Well, thanks to this spa resort in Japan, this has already become a reality.
This hot spring located at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Spa in Japan is the awesome alternative to your usual, boring spa. What sets it apart from others, you ask? As mentioned above, this place offers spa baths, or onsens, filled with your favorite beverages.
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