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The Witches’ Market (Mercado de Brujas)

Situated in a maze of narrow alleyways in La Paz is one of the most bizarre markets in the world. An unusual collection of merchandise is sold here, from herbs and remedies used in Aymara traditions to potions, charms, and dried llama foetuses. Stretching up and around it is the traditional market scene, selling a huge variety of goods for everyday needs, as well as Andean art and handicrafts. Expect to see yatiri (traditional healers) with their dark hats and coca pouches offering to read the fortunes of locals.

Address: Sagarnaga, Linares and Illampu streets