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La Paz City Walking Tour
"Learn about the people culture customs traditions and all the hidden secrets of our beautiful and wonderful La Paz!Tour takes about 3 hours. We meet in front of the San Francisco Church everyday at 10am and 3pm! Our guide will be waiting for you.Learn about the San Francisco C visit local Markets like Lanza and Rodriguez Witche's Market San Pedro square where we learn about the infamous San Pedro Prison
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Private Tour: La Paz City Sightseeing and Moon Valley
"After booking you can contact the local tour operator to customize your La Paz experience with your private guide. Your guide will then create a personalized itinerary for you and your group that includes both major landmarks and off-the-beaten-path sites where you ca your guide will pick you up in a private vehicle and chauffeur you around the city providing interesting commentary along the way. Typical itineraries are broken into three themes and may include some of the following attractions depending on your interests.Historical landmarks and colonial architecture:Admire sights like the Baroque-mestizo architecture of San Francisco Church originally founded in 1548; Metropolitan Cathedral built in 1835; the Spanish colonial buildings that line Jaén Street (Calle Jaén); and the Presidential Palace
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Urban Rush: Building Rappel in La Paz
"Your rappelling adventure begins at the Hotel Presidente on Potosí Street in downtown La Paz across from the San Francisco Church. Take the elevator to the 15th floor and walk up two flights of stairs to reach the Urban Rush office. Before donning your gear peruse through the costumes and decide who you want to be for this daredevil feat. Captain America? Batman? How about Santa the seasoned pro of rappelling?After you dress up expert guides will fit you into top-notch quality equipment and provide a safety briefing. They will show you two main types of rappelling. In the traditional method of descent you’re facing the wall seated in your harness. With the attached rope hanging in front of you you jump backward from the wall and make your way down.If you want to go rap jumping
From $22.00

Iglesia San Francisco Tips (11)

Plaza and Iglesia de San Francisco

In the middle of La Paz on the busy Avenue Mariscal Santa Cruz are the Plaza San Francisco and Iglesia. Some consider the latter the most beautiful colonial church in La Paz. It was originally built in 1549 by the Franciscans but was collapsed by heavy snow in the early 1600's and rebuilt in the middle 1700's. This is a very busy area with both locals and tourists. Not everyone here is out to welcome you (see my warnings or dangers tips). See also my separate travelogue on Iglesia de San Francisco.

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Jan 15, 2005

Pucara - A Modern Sculpture

On the north side of the Plaza San Francisco stands the modern sculpture called Pucara. It represents Bolivia's three great cultures - Tiahuanaco, Inca and modern. The sculpture was being cleaned when I was there in Sep 03.

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Jan 15, 2005

Typical Day Around Pucara Area

Pucara is just below Mercado Lanza on the north side of Plaza San Francisco. This can be a very busy area and there are people around who may try to equalize the distribution of wealth (see my warnings or dangers tips).

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AlbuqRay
Jan 15, 2005

CHURCH AND PLAZA SAN FRANCISCO

Plaza San Francisco is a prominent central plaza of La Paz. Though the church fronting it is the Church of San Francisco. The Cathedral is located elsewhere.

Here, you can see a myriad of activities... church goers, shoe-shiners who wear ski-masks (and looking like robbers!), many street-stalls and even more shoppers and browsers. Buses and colectivos weave around the plaza all the time, belching out a copious amount of smoke. Local weddings can sometimes be seen on Saturdays and the church opens for Mass at various times of the day.

The church is one of the finest examples of colonial religious architecture and is worth it to visit the interior. The area behind a maze of handicraft shops, travel agencies, hotels and restaurants... mainly around Calle Sagarnaga.

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Feb 08, 2008
 
 
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Iglesia de San Francisco

San Francisco church was built in 1549 and is considered to be one of the foremost examples of Spanish architecture. The front is decorated with fanciful carvings of birds, masks, pine cones in a mixture of Spanish and Indian traditions

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chancay
Jan 13, 2003

While in La Paz, you must...

While in La Paz, you must visit the San Francisco church. This is La Paz' most beautiful example of Spanish Colonial Baroque art. Another very nice Baroque church is Santo Domingo, only a block an a half from the main square. In the picture you can see an indigious protest in the square in front of the church.

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witou
Sep 07, 2002

Debes visitar el Templo y...

Debes visitar el Templo y convento de San Francisco, que fue construida en piedra labrada en 1549, la fachada corresponde al estilo barroco, cuenta con una pinacoteca que presenta una colección de obras artísticas renacentistaas, barrocas, mestizas y neoclásicas.

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susanacasso
Aug 24, 2002

Iglesia de San Francisco

Construction on the original San Francisco Church began on this site in 1548, one year before the founding of La Paz. The church collapsed under the weight of snow in 1610 and was reconstructed in 1784. (Sacred Destinations)

It is quite beautiful inside but unfortunately photography (flash or no-flash) is not permitted.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 4-6pm
Cost: Free

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Dec 30, 2011
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"SIMPLY, THIS..."
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"La Paz - City with a View"
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"A little glimpse of La Paz"
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"La cuenca de La Paz"
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"Getting a little trim in La Paz"
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San Francisco Square

This is one of the most busy and vivid squares in La Paz, always full of people and traffic, street stalls and interesting street shows of people telling stories, magic tricks and so...

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Jun 11, 2005

Iglesia San Francisco

This impressive church was built in 1549 and is the best example of Spanish architecture in the city, and is the hallmark building to orient yourself to.

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richiecdisc
Feb 22, 2003

Basilica de San Francisco

Built in 1549 and rebuilt in siecle XVIII, this beautiful church has one fine interior with golden sheetingretables and pulpit.

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Luiz
Aug 09, 2004

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