La PazBolivia

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Discoverthe customs of the Aymara people, see Bolivia’s colonial-era governmentbuildings and learn area history in a modern museum in this old Andean city.

The historic city of La Paz feels like apiece of an older world preserved in a mountaintop shelter. A large part of theindigenous 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 citycentre, a great assortment of museums and the seat of Bolivia’s nationalgovernment.

Plaza Murillo is a good starting point. Two statelygovernment buildings, the PresidentialPalace and the Palacio Legislativo,stand on the historic square. Visit the nearby National Museum of Art to see the art and culture of Bolivia fromthe pre-Hispanic era up until today.

Further museums can be found on the Calle Jaén, an old street paved incobblestones. The Museo de InstrumentosMusicales presents the long history of music in the region, while the Museo de Metales Preciosos showcases thegold and silver trinkets resulting from Bolivia’s rich mining history. Also,stop by the Museo de la Coca, aninformative exhibition on the many uses that area cultures have found for thecoca leaf.

Stop by some La Paz street markets whileyou tour the city. Plaza San Francisco featuresa handicraft market. Climb up into the bell tower of the San Francisco Church abutting the square to look over the citycentre and the Calle Sagárnaga. Thenearby Witches’ Market is one of thecity’s most unique experiences, where indigenous Aymara residents sell mysticalwares. Learn your fortune from a witch doctor, or buy a mummified llama foetus.

With an airport situated at an elevation of 4,058 metres (13,313feet), La Paz has thin air that can fatigue travellers who are not acclimatedto it. Get around the city via taxi or shared “mini buses.” Rent a car toexplore the varied region around the city, which includes some of the highestpeaks of the Andes, South America’s largest lake and one of the strangestsights you’ll see—the reflective Uyuni salt flats.

Where to stay in La Paz

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Downtown La Paz

3.5/5Good!(8 area reviews)

Shopping, churches and mountain views highlight some notable features of Downtown La Paz. Make a stop by Plaza del Estudiante or La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Camacho Cable Car Station or Edificio Correos Cable Car Station to get around town.

Downtown La Paz

Top hotels in La Paz

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Europa La Paz
Hotel Europa La Paz
4 out of 5
Calle Tiahuanaco N. 64, La Paz
£63
per night
Mar 18 - Mar 19

Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Museum of Archaeology and Plaza Murillo. Mirador Killi Killi and Witches' Market ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (288 reviews)

"everything was fine in the hotel, I like the service!"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019

Hotel Europa La Paz
Ritz Apart Hotel
Ritz Apart Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Plaza Isabel La Catolica Nro. 2478, La Paz
£80
per night
Mar 21 - Mar 22

Located in Downtown La Paz, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Abaroa, Parque del Monticulo and Solon House Museum. Plaza San Martín and Plaza ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (126 reviews)
Thank you!

"Best 3 nights of our 4 week travel so far - Friendly staff, nice touches from hotel (daily sweet/chocolate etc), location is great, beds comfy... Really enjoyed our stay!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2019

Ritz Apart Hotel
Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa
Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Edificio Multicine Pisos 5 & 12, La Paz
£98
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Located in Downtown La Paz, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza Murillo and Hernando Siles Stadium. Witches' Market ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (521 reviews)

"Great hotel and amazing staff! Friendly, professional, helpful. Luci from housekeeping was spectacular! She was attentive and made our stay a pleasant one. I would recommend this hotel over any US branded hotel. This was one of the best hotel experiences I've had in a long long time!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2020

Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa

Popular things to do in La Paz

Tiwanaku
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Tiwanaku

You can learn about the local history of Tiahuanaco during your trip to a top site such as Tiwanaku. Wander the lakeside or discover the area's desert landscape.

Witches' Market
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Witches' Market

4/5(1 review)

Browse the stalls of the curious Mercado de las Brujas to discover traditional Bolivian herbal and ritual treatments while you shop for Andean handicrafts.

Plaza Murillo
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Plaza Murillo

4/5(1 review)

The historical heart of La Paz is home to impressive colonial buildings, statues of prominent national figures and a museum colonial art.

Valle de la Luna
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Valle de la Luna

4/5(1 review)

Clamber around the spikes and trenches of this unusual topography and follow the circular paths for spectacular views of otherworldly scenery.

Copacabana Beach
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Copacabana Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Copacabana Beach during your travels in Copacabana? While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Plaza San Francisco
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Plaza San Francisco

See historic architecture, watch street performers and browse the stands of handicraft and food markets at this lively central square.

Top activities in La Paz

City Center Walking Tour (Public)
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City Center Walking Tour (Public)

£2

Explore one of the worlds most unique and fascinating cities with an incredible English speaking local guide who will share her love of this city with you. La Paz surprises visitors not only with her stunning natural beauty, but also with her living culture and authentic traditions.

Full Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus from La Paz.
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Full Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus from La Paz.

£210

Day 1: La Paz - Uyuni (D) The service starts with pick up from your Hotel in La Paz, (1 hour before the bus departure time) to take a night bus to Uyuni that leaves at 8:30 p.m.

Tiwanaku Half Day, Shared Tour
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Tiwanaku Half Day, Shared Tour

£12

We will pick you up from you hotel between 07:30-08:30 (only form hotels in the center of the city) to begin the tour in shared transportation across the immense Altiplano (High Plateau Ranges) to the town of Tiwanaku, where we find the most important archaeological complex of the country.

Reviews of La Paz

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 29, 2020

La Paz is a good hub for travelers. Visiting the city by teleferico was great !

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 25, 2019

A colourful and interesting city.

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