Hotel Calacoto

Calle 13 corner of Sanchez Bustamante, La Paz, 8009, Bolivia
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Visiting La Paz Bolivia

by ruebezahl1945

I have been in Peru in 2008 and discovered Lake Titicaca from Puno.
Now I would like to go to La Paz for, say a week and do sightseeing including Lake Titicaca from the Bolivian Side.
I am 65 years old ign good shape and want to take some local tours etc
Any advice would be much appreciated.

Re: Visiting La Paz Bolivia

by ElDesierto

Hello ruebezhal,

I'll try to be brief. You have one week, so you will want to use your precious time efficiently. If you are flying into La Paz, you had better be prepared for the high altitude. El Alto airport is at 13,325 feet (4,061.5 m). La Paz is an extremely interesting city to explore (with an Aymara culture). There are alot of street markets in La Paz, and much of the commerce is 'ambulante'. La Paz has excellent comedores populares for eating breakfast and lunch. My favorite one is next to the Mercado Lanza, next to Plaza/Catedral San Francisco.
If you intend to travel overland from Lima to Puno (or fly from Lima to Juliaca, then overland to Puno), your options are very good for entering Bolivia. I recommend taking a collectivo from Puno to Yunguyo, on the Peruvian side of the frontera. You cross the frontera in Yunguyo, then you'll have to wait for a collectivo or camioneta from Yunguyo to Copacabana, Bolivia. Copacabana is a peaceful, Aymara town on the shore of Lago Titicaca. It is a nice place to spend a day or two. There are many hostales in Copacabana. There are buses from Copacabana direct to La Paz (the ticket offices are in the small Copacabana plaza). A recommended side trip that you can take if you catch the early morning bus from Copacabana to La Paz is to get off the bus at Tiwanacu, visit the ruins, then catch an afternoon bus passing by Tiwanacu that is heading to La Paz. If you're lucky, you might get a seat, rather than have to stand (viajar intermedio).
Once you're in La Paz, I'd recommend that you stay in a hotel that is somewhat close to the Plaza San Francisco, as then you will be close to the most interesting parts of La Paz. While in La Paz, you might want to visit a peña, where you can hear musica andina. Interesting side trips that you can make from La Paz are to Sorata and to Coroico in the Nor Yungas.
Let me know how the trip to La Paz works out for you. It is one of my favorite cities in all of South America.

Buen Viaje,


Re: Visiting La Paz Bolivia

by AlbuqRay

Again, ElDesierto's advice is excellent. If I were you (and I am a little older), I would contact Mario Nina at Zig-Zag Eco Tours and Treks. I have used him twice and he is an excellent guide. A bonus is that he is Amayra and knows all the legends, as well as the plants and animals. His prices are reasonable too.

Re: Visiting La Paz Bolivia

by tarket

the best way is to use Tobolivia service, cause they are forgien agency they will help u to have a good trip. as well they speaks frensh english netherlands even arabic lol
have a nice trip

Travel Tips for La Paz


by marcelo15

As soon as you get to la paz, you will pass by el alto which is a city up to la paz.
after crossing the toll, you will be able to see one of the most beautiful landscapes you`ve ever seen. (believe me)
for instance in front of you is located the illimani mountain. and around is part of range hills of los andes.
on the motorway from el alto to la paz you will go down aproximately 500m. until you get to the center of la paz. Well, as a work as a tour guide i can tell you that almost all my visitors had have a great experience seeing my city. Try by yourself i`m almost sure that it won`t let you down!

I travel in the north of...

by sacodo

I travel in the north of Bolivia, in the jungle and it was a great journey I visit the jail of La paz and I met an english guy who was staying there for three years. He explain to me that it's the most famus place to make all kinds of business : welcom in south-america !

Go to the market in the native...

by Ramonq

Go to the market in the native quarters. Here you see dried up llama fetuses, Ekeko (their local version of Santa Claus) and assorted potpourri items which are offered to Pacha Mama, the godess of nature. The native women are all dressed in their local regalia ie shawls, fancy skirts and bowler hats. It's a great place to wander and explore. They are also not very pesky merchants which makes it even more pleasant. The view from above the gargantuan crater where La Paz is situated. It's like a lunar setting but with a fully functioning modern city in it. Space 1999 here I come!

plaza Murillo - la cathedral

by chancay

The cathedral was built in 1835, together with the presidential palace ( also known as "Palacio quemado" = "burnt Palace, because it was burnt various times) and the "Casa de Pedro Domingo Murillo" (house of P.D.Murillo) the main buildings around the Plaza Murillo. P.D.Murillo was a martyr of the independence revolution of 1809 and hanged in the plaza that uses his name now. As often church and state are united at the main place to show their power.


by Orkaena

The locals sails the Titikaka Lake with the same boats design and construction than a thousand years ago, and without any doubt that it works efficiently.
They haven't troubles about the materials sources or provider, because the nature is their only main source of "commodities". It style of life has another great advantage, the recycling processes, because all their parts are biodegradable.
As you can see in the pic beside, even the design is beautiful, when you see at them sailing on this boats you feel something very similar to the envy. they are free.


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