Urban Balcony Rocks


LA PAZ, Bolivia — There are many extreme sports, but nothing will challenge you more than ‘Rock Climbing’, a sport for those who have the guts to overcome the force of gravity and challenge the high degree of risk involved. It is a sport that demands physical and mental effort: endurance, strength, agility and balance along with mind control.

Given the diversity of rock formations around the world, the practice of this sport has spread by styles, routes and degrees of difficulty. Not surprising, due to its widespread practice, more and more gyms all over the world offer indoors climbing walls made out artificial rocks.

The city of La Paz in Bolivia is no exception, but this place has something that makes it different from many others. The rock formations and varied geography that surround the Andean capital, allow you to practice rock climbing literally on your doorstep. La Paz is intertwined between these fantastic formations featuring reddish rock cliffs making rock climbing an unforgettable experience. The routes to be followed (about 30) are equipped with spits, bolts and steel plates. Most of them are located between 6a and 6c+ degrees and there are sags (strings) in almost all the available paths to help experts as well as beginners. The latter group will also find basic routes to learn hand in hand with more experience climbers who will be warming up to test their skills in much more complicated routes. The weather tends to be great, so with just some chalk it is possible to climb up these cliffs throughout the year. As for me, I had a unique experience accompanying this group of climbers, capturing their journey while hanging in the air.

Who knows, some famous extreme rock climbers such as Alex Honnold might want to pay a visit to these fantastic Urban Balcony Rocks!

Courtesy of: Denys Sanjines – “El Muro: Climbing Center” | Photography by: Rodrigo Aliaga I.
Rodrigo Aliaga About the author

Rodrigo is a Bolivian professional photographer particularly interested in capturing unique moments of peoples' daily lives, spontaneous moments, peoples' customs, culture and clothing, thus capturing life as it happens. Rodrigo, who currently resides in La Paz, studied Social Communication at the Universidad Mayor de San Adres (UMSA) in La Paz and specialized in video and image in Pisa, Italy. For many years he worked as DoP (director of photography) in documentaries, audiovisual and TV commercials. Rodrigo is an avid blogger (www.rodrigoaliagafotos.blogspot.com) where he expresses his various interests and discuss cultural as well as social aspects of Latin America through photography.