La Paz Bolivia Travel Guide 2021

La Paz Bolivia Travel Guide 2021

La Paz Bolivia Travel Guide

Bolivia is one of the highest, most rugged, and perplexing destinations in South America. This La Paz Bolivia Travel Guide includes precise information regarding the places to visit in La Paz Bolivia, accommodation, and ATMs.

Bolivia has wealthy resources spread all over the country’s endless saline desert, unique and extraordinary island Silver, mine, Tropical lowlands, and the plateau where alpacas roam.

La Paz means “peace,” and this high-altitude city is the hospitable capital of Bolivia. La Paz stretches to El Alto City in the high lands. La Paz is Bolivia’s third, most populous city on the South American continent. The city has become known for its cultural centers and museums.  

What to visit in La Paz Bolivia? 

The Famous Witches Market 

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The witches market -La Paz Bolivia Travel guide

Location The Witches Market – Mercado de las Brujas La Paz Bolivia

This La Paz Bolivia Travel Guide recommends you to explore the Famous Witches Market (Mercado de las Brujas). The city is famous for its Witches market for Potions and Llamas fetuses. There are all kinds of bizarre things like extracts and talismans. You can also get Cocoa leaves there, which will help with altitude sickness. Many locals chew the leaves and make the tea from them. This is the centuries-old remedy; even the Incas used it to prevent altitude sickness.

Have you been suffering from altitude sickness or in the mood to curse someone or even spice up your love life? Then the Witches market has a concoction of unbelievable notions and potions to help you get through the day or night. The Witches Market is a superb place for all this, and much more with lots of souvenirs to take away. 

San Francisco Church

One of La Paz’s most important historical landmarks is the San Francisco church ( Iglesia de San Francisco), also known as San Francisco Basilica ( Basilica de San Francisco). Visiting San Francisco is free; however, to see the monastery and explore its rooftop, you will have to purchase a ticket. 

Tours of the church are available for 20 Bolivianos (3 US Dollars). A Spanish or an English guide will take you around and explain the building’s historical place and structural elements. You can see there many of the church’s paintings, crypts, and cloisters, as well as you can see the catacomb where Pedro Murillo was buried. There you can also visit the bell tower, which provides fantastic views over La Paz.

Mirador Killi Killi 

Location Mirador Killi Killi – La Paz Bolivia

View Mirador Killi Killi – Laz Paz Bolivia

When you are in La Paz Bolivia, make sure to visit Mirador Killi Killi. Mirador Killi Killi is famous as one of the city’s most incredible viewpoints, offering amazing views throughout the day. During the night, the panorama of city lights is often a spectacular sight. 

Local people often come to this place to relax at the end of a long day of work. It’s also famous as a romantic spot to spend time with your loved one. 

 It’s a bit challenging to get there. It is about 10 minutes from the Plaza Murillo, and you can come and also enjoy a little of the topography of the axis of the path that is full of climbs. You can also come here directly through cable cars from downtown La Paz. You also have to pay about 3.50 Bolivianos (0.50 USD) as an entrance fee to enter.

Plaza Murillo 

Plaza Murillo is located in Casco Viejo in La Paz and is surrounded by some of the city’s most important political buildings. The plaza is Bolivia’s most important public place to know about the country’s history by observing the rich culture.

On the south side, you will find out two dominant symbols of Bolivian political and religious effect. You will find there the Cathedral Nuestra Señora de La Paz. You will also see the elegant Presidential Palace, which is guarded by soldiers wearing 19th-century army uniforms. 

Don’t forget to see the National Museum of Art Spot work housed by the the18th-century Palacio de Los Condes de Arana by Bolivian sculptor Marina Núñez del Prado.  As the Plaza Murillo is known as the historical heart of La Paz, so you quickly reach there by foot or take a taxi from all parts of the city. You can also get there by shared minibusses that stop near the square.

San Pedro Prison 

San Pedro Prison is also known as the strangest prison on the planet. From the outside, everything seems normal enough. There is not a single guard inside. This stranger prison is right in the center of the Plaza Sucre in La Paz Bolivia. It is a male prison, and you might know it from a famous book called marching powder. 

There is surprising quite an organized community. It’s like a city in a city. 

Plaza Abaroa

Location: Plaza Abaroa or Abaroa Square 

These square pays tribute to Eduardo Abaroa, a Bolivian hero of the war of the pacific. Find this great monument by Eduardo Abaroa on a pedestal that has the shape of an incomplete bridge. Representing the heroin challenging position, the sculpture made by Emilio Lujan Sandoval.

What to do in La Paz Bolivia?

Free Walking Tour in La Paz

Your La Paz Bolivia Travel Guide suggests that it’s fantastic to explore the La Paz city on foot. In the beginning, it seems vast, but once you’ve visited a few of the plazas, for instance, Plaza Murillo, you will feel worth it to walk around the city. 

The Walking Tour is different than other free walking tour as it is mandatory to pay for it. In South America, the term ‘free walking tour’ is usually used, but these tours are not free. You have to pay under £3 to the guide as a tip or pre-spend and reserve your place. It is worth it to have a free walking tour.

Take a Cable Car Ride

According to our La Paz Bolivia Travel Guide, one of our top recommendations is the cable car with ten stations of different colors, and you can enjoy the scenery of the whole city. 

This cable car system is used as the public transportation in this city. It lies at 4150 meters. Not only can you just go in a very convenient way from one side to the other side to town. The price depends upon the distance, but it is 3 Bolivianos that is 0.43 US dollars for one line.

The cable car system is present since 2014. Some lines connect La Paz with the neighboring city El Alto. This cable car system brings you from one place to another quickly and safely. From there, it can move around 3,000 people between both locations every hour.

The cars show La Paz at its finest with stunning bird-eye views across the city. One of the surprises are small cemeteries in the middle of the city. Some local people told me that it is for the poor people and many of them are not legal.

You can have the best view of La Paz and mount Illimani. The distant mountain of Illimani imposes its rocky outcrop, giving you the most beautiful backdrop imaginable.

Try Local Cuisine and Delicacies

Bolivia’s specialty dish is a guinea pig. The Guinea pig has been a regular part of the Bolivian diet for many years as it is a significant source of protein and is also considerably easy to raise. Suppose you don’t have the stomach for a guinea pig. In that case, other dishes on the menu include Salteña, an empanada-style pastry filled with beef, pork, chicken, or Silpancho, a super filling dish consisting of rice, potato, meat, egg, vegetables, and herbs. 

If you feel a little dehydrated, try a traditional licuado water, or milk-based beverage blended with your choice of fruit. 

What should I know before visiting La Paz Bolivia?

When in Bolivia, travel toward the east to burrow underground and discover Potosi’s silver mine. For an adrenaline rush, head north to lofty La Paz and cycle towards Coroico on the so-called Death Road, and don’t miss beautiful Lake Titicaca, which straddles Peru and Bolivia. From the snowy Andean peaks to the steamy Amazon Lowlands. There is so much to explore in Bolivia. So, spend a few weeks here in October to see the country’s incredible sights at their finest.

More importantly, this La Paz Bolivia Travel Guide endorses not do the following things in Bolivia.

Don’t get distracted by sprayed water travel.

Advisories also warned about criminals who use water to distract their target. They will spray on your neck to get you flustered. Then the criminal snatches their bag and runs off. Crooks have also been known to spread fluid on the tourist’s bags, offer to repair the fabric, and then take off running. 

Don’t get sick stay hydrated.

If you fly into El Alto Airport, you’ll be greeted by an altitude of 30,000 feet above sea level and will suffer from altitude sickness. The signs of altitude sickness include shortness of breath, dehydration, and headache, so stay hydrated or use the locals’ cure of chewing on a coca leaf. 

Avoid some conflictive regions in Bolivia

Don’t visit the bad regions, Caronia Hill Coroico and the caranavi are home to many of Bolivia’s organized crime units. Tourists to venture into these places in this region have been the victims of carjackings and kidnappings. 

Don’t stick to your diet.

The locals love to eat, and many of them have a sweet tooth. Vendors at every street corner sell cups of jello tops with whipped cream and cups of sugary juice. 

Don’t steal the native souls in Bolivia.

It’s not only rude to take a photo of a stranger without asking, but Bolivians also will not allow you easily to take their picture because they believe the camera can steal their soul. 

It is rare to pay by credit cards

It is rare to pay by credit cards in most of the places, I would advise that you bring the US dollars and get your currency exchanged either at the airport or in the city because it’s rare to pay for things instead of a card you can use cards but mostly cash is a preferred method. So, make sure to bring US dollars.

Daily Trips from La Paz

Cycle Death Road

Biking on the Death Road is one of the most famous attractions. It is eleven thousand nine hundred seventy-five feet above sea level. If you are brave enough and crazy to take risks, then you must cycle at Death Road in Bolivia, but you must be careful while biking. In Bolivia, Death Road is famous as the ‘most dangerous road in the world’; daily, many tourists cycle the 69 kilometers/43 miles day trip from La Paz. The entrance fee to cycle the death road is about 25 Bolivianos per person. 

Exploring the Valley of Moon – Valle De La Luna

Valle De La Luna or Moon Valley, around ten kilometers from La Paz, is a unique area featuring bizarre formations and what have been described as lunar landscapes, a maze of canyons and spires of clay and sandstone form out there and were created by the erosion of mountains due to strong winds and rain. 

Unique rock structures are everywhere, a geological area that takes you to a long time ago, you can imagine prehistoric creatures walking the nearby plains. Yet amongst the destruction of these once great mountains, nature has left us with a contoured landscape, one of an evenness, yet one with so much beauty in its sculpture and form. 

One of the valley’s curiosities is its varied palette of color from beige tones to red and purple areas caused by the variance in mineral content, creating colorful optical illusions around the eroded area. 

Although looking barren, there are plants to be seen with different cacti species; amongst them, nearby development closes in on the valley. I would recommend you explore this marvel of nature in a serene setting full of wonder and intrigue during your tour to La Paz. 

When Should I visit La Paz Bolivia?

Bolivia is one the south America’s most understated countries but gets under its skin; you will find drama, authenticity, and diversity. Its varied landscapes mean you need to choose when to go wisely. The dry winter season is the most comfortable time to visit La Paz, Bolivia. For warmer weather and bright blue skies, visit at the end of winter in October. The peak season crowds have gone, and the roads should be mud-free and passable.

The region’s temperature and precipitation will vary depending on elevation, but La Paz will experience wet summers and dry. Winters and cool the mild temperatures throughout the year, the best time to visit La Paz will be during their late fall and winter season from May through early September. During this time, there are more sunny days and very little moisture. The months with the most sunshine hours are June and July.

What neighbors are dangerous in Laz Paz Bolivia?

Different areas like El Alto, San Pedro, the cemetery, and higher-elevation neighborhoods are dangerous so try to avoid these, especially at night. 

How much does it cost to stay in La Paz Bolivia?

Accomodation in Laz Paz Bolivia

In terms of accommodation, you can stay in the area of Witches market, in La Paz. This area seems to be rich in hostels. Feel free to stay there if you like. The area is quite nice with lots of different restaurants, bars and cafes around and is close to the main road, so I recommend staying in this area. You have to pay 80 Bolivianos, which is 11 dollars, and it seems reasonable for La Paz. So, if you are looking for accommodation, it’s an amazing option for you.

Taxi

Bolivia is a low cost country, so you should expect low prices. However, if you don’t speak Spanish and you look as a tourist, they will ask you higher prices. If you need to take a taxi, I recommend you to ask for this in your accommodation, so this should avoid over-paid or scams situations.

Markets

Local prices are already low, so you shouldn’t try to get down even more. It won’t work if you can see the stick price in advance.

ATMs

Almost all of the towns have ATMs, and you will have to face no challenges. Although ATMs are slowly and gradually arriving in small areas, they’re not usually from any main bank networks, and they mostly reject international cards. 

I heard about issues in places like Uyuni and Tupiza, wherever it is not unusual for ATMs to have no cash or not be working correctly. Also, quite a few tourists get caught out arriving in Uyuni for a Salt Flats Tour and face difficulty withdrawing funds for the entrance payment. So, our La Paz Bolivia Travel Guide suggests taking cash with you to avoid such issues.

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  1. Your second day in La Paz is free to explore after a brief guided walk with your leader. The city is renowned for its markets, especially the Mercado de Hechiceria (Witches’ Market), which sells potions, incantations, stones and artefacts. Ask a local about their significance – most people are happy to explain. Perhaps visit the Coca Museum, which isn’t too far from your hotel in the Rosario district. You might like to take part in one of our Urban Adventure day trips, such as the Food With Altitude or To 3600 Metres, and Beyond tours. Late in the afternoon, leave La Paz on an overnight bus to Uyuni (approximately 11-12 hours). There are comfortable recliner seats on the bus, but it can be cold on-board so it’s important to bring warm clothing and wear base layers. There’s usually a toilet on the bus and the driver will also make a couple of stops along the way. Arrive in Uyuni Town. This remote town sits on the edge of the high Altiplano, a wilderness area extending for hundreds of kilometres towards the border with Argentina and Chile. The area is notorious for being extremely cold, so it’s important to pack warm clothing and base layers. Upon arrival to Uyuni (early morning) venture out on a three-day 4WD excursion. Be prepared for a busy few days ahead. The first stop will be at a rusty Train Cemetery before you continue on to Salar de Uyuni – the world’s largest salt flats. While this may be a typical stop for many travellers, it’s also often a highlight. Make the most of your time on the salt flats taking lots of photos and explore Inka Wasi Isla, which is a rocky island covered in cacti and coral-like structures.

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