La Paz Travel Guide

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La Paz Things to Do

  • Valle De La Luna

    4 out of 5 stars

    We had a good look at Valle De La Luna even though we were there for only a couple of hrs. What impressed us most is the silence that is experienced there. It was well worth visiting. Enjoy my photos of the Valley of the Moon. Gerry, the_dutchman

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  • Plaza Murillo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Plaza Murillo is the city’s main square, named after Pedro Domingo Murillo, a Bolivian freedom fighter. There is a 3 meter high monument of the hero in the centre of the square, on the same spot where he was hung in 1810. Plaza Murillo is surrounded by some of La Paz's most famous buildings; the Cathedral (read my other tips) from 1835, 'Palacio de...

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  • Museums

    Calle Jaen is a small street with several old colonial buildings from the 18th century. Four of the buildings are now converted into museums with different themes; ’Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas’, ’Museo Historico del Litoral’, ’Museo de Metales Preciosos Precolombianos’, and ’Museo Casa de Murillo’... 'Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas'...

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La Paz Restaurants

  • Extraordinary Value

    A recommendation of our wonderful host Ludo from A la Maison. Reservations and taxis were organised and instructed by Ludo - the place is a touch hard to find. In the evening, the alleyways were dark and narrow, but the lights of the restaurant beckoned.Inside, the room is relatively small and cozy, with dark board on the floor, and artworks lining...

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  • Well worth a visit

    The staff were incredible, friendly,. We definitely felt welcome. But more than that, the food was outstanding. We will definitely go back again, and soon. I'm already planning our next trip out there. Saltimboca alla Romana : Delicious sauceAglio e Olio with Shrimp : Fresh seafoodmaracuya mousse: Delicius

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  • Ask for French fries!!"

    Best French fries ever!!!, if you happen to go around it ask for some. The smoothies where also delicious, I highly recommend the piña colada one and there's also wifi. the personnel where nice and the entire place is pretty. It is also located on a great place if you're going for tourism. the banais sandwich was the best of the 3-4 that I ate...

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La Paz Nightlife

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  • Best bar

    Great little wine bar with live music sometime and really good modern latin music. Try a range of South American wines by the fireplace. Great light meals and friendly interesting bunch of ex-pats and locals. Great place to get travel tips. Its on calle Linares in the tourist, near the witches market. Really made our stay in La Paz. Live music...

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  • Las noches en La luna

    Fantastic, Marta is the bartender and owner. Kind and nice woman. Is not expensive, local music and around. There are rooms for dancing and others for a quiet conversation. Ancient building. No more. Over. Absolutely up to you.

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  • Excellent Pub - Home of the Hash House...

    Britannia is a great pub on the main drag in Calacoto. It's right next to the Abracadabra restaurant, in fact they have a partnership, and you can get anything on the Abracadabra menu at Britannia. Very casual place, with a dart board, pool table, and whole host of ex-pats. Extremely friendly atmosphere, and home-base of the La Paz chapter of the...

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La Paz Transportation

  • Local Buses

    The crowded little vans cover the whole city. Each have numbers and a list of destinations. The destinations are not in order, so A to B often becomes A to Z, then T, thorugh R before getting to B then A. Ask in the hotel which number goes to where. You pay between 1 and 3.5 Bol per journey. This is max of about 25p

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  • By plane

    Fast, dramatic and scenic flight from Santiago to La Paz with one stop at Iquque is what LAN has to offer. I would take it again. The feeling of total devastation by the emotional highlights of watching the SUN rise over the Andes in combination with the thin air at the highest international airport in the world is an experience of two lifetimes.

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  • Puno – La Paz

    I arrived in La Paz by bus (operated by ‘Tour Peru’) from Puno in Peru... The bus was a comfortable 52-seat bus, and it was a quite nice 6-7 hour long journey through the Andean highland... First stop was at the small border town, Yunguy, where passports were stamped with an exit stamp from Peru. From Yunguy to another border town, Desaguadero, and...

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La Paz Shopping

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  • Upscale Shopping in Calacoto Area

    Torre Ketal is an upscale mall in the Calacoto area (the large building with the red trim). The day we were there, they were having a bicycle race in La Paz. It was to finish on the street next to the mall (Avenida Ballivian) but we did not have time to wait to see the end.

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  • Fair Trade Hanicrafts

    Ayni Bolivia is a fair trade handicrafts shop. Ayni Bolivia groups more than 30 workshops with 200 artisans from all over Bolivia that produces high quality handicrafts with classical and modern designs.Ayni Bolivia is an organization formed with small groups of artisans. With the fair trade they have an oportunity to sell their crafts and improve...

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  • The Spitting Llama Bookstore & Outfitter

    The Spitting Llama imports and distributes Lonely Planet books and sells a wide range of camping gear. They have a HUGE bookstore and book exchange offering 2 for 1 and 1 for 1=50% off price. They rent and sell tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and other gear. They sell everything from Swiss army knives and nice fleece jackets to organic fair...

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La Paz Local Customs

  • Traditions and festivals

    La Paz was celebrates Carnivale in late February, and shops in a two-block area of downtown sell elaborate costumes and masks. The costumes are very expensive, and some people rent them instead. (I don't know if the shops are open year round, or just in the months before Carnivale.) About 40,000-50,000 costumed dancers will be in the streets when...

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  • Carnivale

    La Paz was celebrates Carnivale in late February, and shops in a two-block area of downtown sell elaborate costumes and masks. The costumes are very expensive, and some people rent them instead. (I don't know if the shops are open year round, or just in the months before Carnivale.)About 40,000-50,000 costumed dancers will be in the streets when...

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  • Whipala

    La Whipala es la bandera de la nación Andina y de los Aymara .Está formada por 49 espacios con los siete colores del arco iris , cada color tiene su significado , así como el hecho de que la bandera sea cuadrada , en vez de rectangular como son las banderas europeas y además tiene una simbología matemática relacionada con el calendario AndinoBusca...

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La Paz Warnings and Dangers

  • Altitude sickness

    I just returned from La Paz and made the mistake of caring about all the negative posts that are out there. In our flight (American Airlines, from Miami), not a single passenger needed oxygen at arrival. I only saw a person with altitude sickness (out of hundreds that arrived that day). Because of panicking with all the negative posts out there, I...

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  • Fake Taxis or Police

    The safest way to move by car at night is taking a RADIO TAXI. the difference between RADIO TAXIS AND TAXIS are because they `ve got a sign of their business and the phone number on its roof. For instance you can see REMISSE SUR RADIO TAXI, which is a blue sign and the name of the business are white. Please, take note of this warning. There were so...

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  • La Paz and Diamox, Altitude Sickness

    I just returned from La Paz and made the mistake of caring about all the negative posts that are out there. In our flight (American Airlines, from Miami), not a single passenger needed oxygen at arrival. I only saw a person with altitude sickness (out of hundreds that arrived that day). Because of panicking with all the negative posts out there, I...

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La Paz Tourist Traps

  • Witches Market

    See the witches market! See all the witchcraft and voodoo spells!WHERE!I saw one stall with 'foetal llamas' and nothing much else.A great local market - but WITCHES! - Nah A very good local market in La Paz for general shopping. Numerous music instrument shops. You can try another market but this one is local to the centre of town and readily...

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  • Warning Travel agency at La Paz Airport

    When arriving to La Paz International Airport beware of the travel agency inside the Ariport. They will charge you in advance for any reservation at higher prices. Eg. I payed 45 USD for a room in Hotel Rosario that was originally USD 37.00. Also, the rate of the exchange house is lower than you will find at any other place... Also only they charge...

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  • They are cute, they are...

    They are cute, they are friendly, but please don't leave them money. This kids are sent by their mothers (who are often asking for money nearby). They park themselves in a cross street near Plaza Murillo. This picture was actually taken from the front door of Hotel Torino.

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La Paz What to Pack

  • Be prepared!

    Make sure you bring some heavy-duty aspirin and also stuff like decongestants etc as altitude sickness can do strange things to you. I would wake up at very odd times with a splitting headache etc so thankfully I had some aspirin handy!

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  • D gets a well deserved coffee

    Of course, always carry toilet paper as there won't be any except in the nicest of places. Wide angle is always good for building photography. A very special friend for a coffee is always nice....

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  • Packing List

    In general La Paz is temperate or cool during the day and very cold at night. Unless it is very sunny you will always need at least a long sleves shirt. Bring winter clothes for the evening and cold winter days.

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La Paz Off The Beaten Path

  • "Death" Road from La Paz to Corroico

    If you are looking for the best experience of the Death Road at an accessible price then the Xtreme Downhill agency on Calle Sagarnaga in La Paz is the place to go. They offer the best quality bikes in Bolivia and the trip is all inclusive: all gear, all meals, a quality guide, and access to a hot shower and swimming pool at the end of the trip in...

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  • Nearer and farer Surroundings

    Chacaltaya mountain around 5400 m, 1-2 hrs drive from la paz. They say it was a bolivian skiing RESORT. I was skiing there 2 years ago. There was not too much of it beacuse even during the season ( Feb- April ) there is almost no snow - i would say two 100m sheets of snow divided with rocks. The lift doesn't work so it is pretty painfull to climb...

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  • Museums

    this museum offers plenty of picstures of the oldest days of la paz. also, dresses from the folkloric dances that there are in this area. it`s such a great museum that you may visit it. Este museo ofrece muchas cuadros de los dias pasados de la paz. tambien, vestimentas de las danzas folkloricas que hay es esta region.

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La Paz Sports & Outdoors

  • Gravity, secret single track

    I used to race motocross all through school and did a two day motocross trip out of la paz which included the worlds most dangerous road when it was empty late in the day. After this I visited gravities website as I had heard about their reputation all over south america. I watched their youtube video of their secret single track which looked...

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  • Biking at THE DEATH ROAD.

    The road to Los Yungas, it´s better know as the DEATH ROAD. Its name comes from the average of so many car accidents than frecuentely happen.this amazing tour starts at, 4700m. and finish at 1800m. (Coroico)Coroico is a beautiful city located at 3:30. from la paz, by bus. if you get there by bike you can spend about 6 hours.there are many travel...

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  • Highest Ski resort in the world

    Well if you want something different try Chacaltaya the highest ski resort in the world also the nearest to the equator, some facts its 17700ft above sea level (5400 m ) also has the dobious claim of having the fastest ski lift!!! a rope affair driven by a car engine...I kid you not!!!Open weekens only during season Nov-MarBut its well worth the...

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  • General Information

    This beautiful and very historical church is located in the middle of la paz avenida mariscal santa cruz. close ot the touristic avenue, sagarnaga. This church was built in 1549 by the Franciscans. that`s why its name san francisco church. nowadays, I have to say that this area is really packed at rushing hours. if you want to see plenty of people...

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  • Travelling from / to La Paz

    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...

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  • Plaza Murillo

    Yeah, always is great to know the main square. this place is called Plaza Murillo. the name comes from a national hero that fought agains the spanish conquers. also, you`ll be able to see the goverment palace and congress palace.

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