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What to see in La Paz

La Paz Attractions


Sightseeing in La Paz can be physically demanding, given its altitude. Visitors should allow themselves time to acclimatise before beginning their adventures. The symptoms of mild altitude sickness should have lessened after a day or two, after which travellers can enjoy the city's signature wonders. People-watching from café windows and sampling local delicacies are popular tourist activities. La Paz's high altitude also means visitors can expect cold conditions, regardless of the season. They should remember to pack warm clothing.

Regarding transport, much of central La Paz is walkable, though hillsides may be challenging. Buses and mini-buses operate along many routes, and plenty of taxis are available. Transport is also extremely cheap. That said, the bus system can seem incredibly chaotic for the uninitiated, making taxis the better bet in most cases.

Travellers should carry small denominations of money, as they'll often find locals who are unwilling or unable to give change for large bills. The advice applies to shopping, sightseeing and taking public transport.

Top tourist attractions include the bizarre and fascinating Witches' Market (Mercado de Brujas), the Mi Teleférico cable car, and the beautiful San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). Tourists can choose from a number of walking tours, which take in the main sights and landmarks.


Coroico

Coroico is a relaxing, low-altitude spot where visitors can escape frigid highland nights. The trip from La Paz traverses the Yungas Road, which makes for a photogenic and adrenalin-charged entrance…

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Huayna Potosi

Located in the Cordellera Real range, Huayna Potosi is a tremendous stop for adventurous travellers. The mountain is a mere 15 miles (24km) north of La Paz and only around 1,000 people a year make…

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Iglesia de San Francisco

People congregate in this imposing church's plaza, which is a mixture of neo-classical Spanish and mestizo architecture. Construction began in 1549 and only finished in the mid-18th century. Oftentimes,…

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Museo de Coca (Coca Museum)

The museum covers the role of coca in Bolivia's culture and traditions. Visitors will learn about the leaf's healing properties, its use in Andean religious ceremonies, its chemical breakdown and different…

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The Witches’ Market (Mercado de Brujas)

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,…

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Yungas Road

Yungas Road is not an attraction for the faint of heart. Dubbed the 'El Camino de la Muerte' (Road of Death), it stretches between La Paz and Coroica and claimed 200 to 300 lives every year until 1994.…

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