What to see in La Paz
La Paz Attractions
Sightseeing in La Paz can initially be physically demanding because of the high altitude and travellers are advised to allow themselves time to acclimatise before exerting themselves too much. After a day or two the symptoms of mild altitude sickness (similar to a bad hangover) should have lessened and the full wonder of La Paz can be experienced, but until then some time spent people-watching from cafe windows while sampling the local delicacies is a good idea. The high altitude also means that travellers should pack warm clothing for travel to La Paz no matter what the season; the nights in particular can be very cold.
La Paz is a small city, making getting around to see the sights quite easy. There is one main road running along the bottom of the valley, and satellite streets reaching up the sides of the canyon. A lot of central La Paz can be explored on foot, unless you find the hillsides a bit tiring in the high altitude. There are buses and mini-buses plying various routes, and plenty of taxis available. Transport is extremely cheap but the bus system can seem incredibly chaotic to the uninitiated and can be difficult to use without being able to communicate with locals. Taxis are usually a better bet if walking is not an option.
Another useful thing to remember for travellers exploring La Paz is the fact that it is ideal to be carrying smaller denominations when it comes to money. While sightseeing, shopping and taking public transport visitors will frequently be met with a refusal or inability to give change for large bills. This can be frustrating. If you have nothing but a large bill it is worth insisting on getting change, but whenever possible use smaller denominations.
Top tourist attractions in La Paz include the bizarre and fascinating Witches' Market (Mercado de Brujas); the Mi Teleferico cable car, which allows travellers to gain views over the sprawling city; and the beautiful San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). Numerous walking tours are offered in the city, taking in the main sights and landmarks.
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