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The Witches’ Market (Mercado de Brujas)

The Witches' Market, La Paz © Alexson Scheppa Peisino (AlexSP)
The Witches' Market, La Paz © Alexson Scheppa Peisino (AlexSP)

Mercado de Brujas (the Witches' Market) offers tourists a truly Bolivian experience. Situated in a maze of narrow alleys in La Paz, it stocks an unusual collection of merchandise, including charms, potions, and herbs used in Aymara traditions. The traditional market scene stretches around it, selling a huge a variety of everyday goods, as well as Andean art and handicrafts. Visitors can expect to see yatiri (witch doctors), who wear dark hats and carry pouches of coca for fortune telling.