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The historic city of La Paz feels like a piece of an older world preserved in a mountaintop shelter. A large part of the indigenous population still walks around the streets in traditional garb, markets sell spiritual talismans and colonial-era architecture abounds. However, the city also has its modern perks, like high-rise hotels in the city centre, a great assortment of museums and the seat of Bolivia’s national government.
Plaza Murillo is a good starting point. Two stately government buildings, the Presidential Palace and the Palacio Legislativo, stand on the historic square. Visit the nearby National Museum of Art to see the art and culture of Bolivia from the pre-Hispanic era up until today.
Further museums can be found on the Calle Jaén, an old street paved in cobblestones. The Museo de Instrumentos Musicales presents the long history of music in the region, while the Museo de Metales Preciosos showcases the gold and silver trinkets resulting from Bolivia’s rich mining history. Also, stop by the Museo de la Coca, an informative exhibition on the many uses that area cultures have found for the coca leaf.
Stop by some La Paz street markets while you tour the city. Plaza San Francisco features a handicraft market. Climb up into the bell tower of the San Francisco Church abutting the square to look over the city centre and the Calle Sagárnaga. The nearby Witches’ Market is one of the city’s most unique experiences, where indigenous Aymara residents sell mystical wares. Learn your fortune from a witch doctor, or buy a mummified llama foetus.
With an airport situated at an elevation of 4,058 metres (13,313 feet), La Paz has thin air that can fatigue travellers who are not acclimated to it. Get around the city via taxi or shared “mini buses.” Rent a car to explore the varied region around the city, which includes some of the highest peaks of the Andes, South America’s largest lake and one of the strangest sights you’ll see—the reflective Uyuni salt flats.
Located in Downtown La Paz, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parque del Monticulo and Hernando Siles Stadium. San Francisco Church and La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sopocachi Cable Car Station, Hernando Siles Stadium, and Plaza Murillo. San Francisco Church and La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is steps from San Francisco Convent and Museum and San Francisco Church. La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza Murillo are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Coroico, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of Coroico and Plaza Mayor. San Juan waterfalls is 13.2 mi (21.3 km) away.
Located on the riverwalk, this family-friendly hotel is 10.1 mi (16.3 km) from La Paz Zoo and 10.3 mi (16.7 km) from Valle de la Luna. Japanese Garden and La Paz Golf Club are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Witches' Market and San Francisco Church. La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza Murillo are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Calle Sagarnaga, this hotel is steps from Coca Museum and San Francisco Church. La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza Murillo are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Palca, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Muela del Diablo, Hernando Siles Stadium, and Japanese Garden. Valle de la Luna and La Paz Zoo are also within 12 mi (20 km).