La Paz Travel Guide
La Paz © Donvittore
Sitting two and a half miles (4km) above sea level, La Paz is the world's highest capital. Visitors will encounter a city of enthralling contradictions, where efficient airlifts and shimmering hotel facades are as much a part of the experience as diesel engines and ramshackle brickwork.
Fruit sellers, trinket vendors and dapper businessmen, along with alpaca wool-weavers and brightly-dressed Andean women bring a distinct vibrancy to the city, making it a wonderful destination for people-watching. Tourists encounter interesting museums and modern hotels, or marvel at the glorious backdrop of Illimani, the most well-known of Bolivia's lofty peaks. Paintings, handcrafted silver jewellery and beautiful alpaca wool products are among the many items popular on a La Paz shopping spree.
Thrill-seekers may enjoy the Yungas Road (the 'Road of Death') bike tour, which involves a two-hour trip from the city, while others can explore the unique rock formations in the Valley of the Moon. The aerial cable car is a more laid-back experience serving as a perfect way to see the city from above.
Those more interested in the cultural sites will enjoy the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, with exhibitions covering pottery, feather art and textiles; while Calle Sagarnaga is an intriguing attraction for the more macabre-inclined, offering witchcraft gifts and trinkets.
Offering a spot to stay close to the great Lake Titicaca, La Paz is a great city to check out for those visiting Bolivia.
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