La Paz, in Bolivia, is the highest administrative capital in the world. A city as high as the clouds, resting between 3300 and 4100 meters above sea level with tremendous views. In La Paz you will find churches of the 19th century and museums of artifacts from the colonial era.
Without going any further folks, I present to you the 7 most beautiful things you need do while in La Paz, Bolivia
#1. Free walking tour in La Paz
A good way to see the city centro with a guide who will take you to the most characteristic places and explain local customs and habits. You’ll also have the chance to meet and chat with other people who are travelling around Bolivia and South America.
#2. El Mercado Rodriguez
The walking tour passes through it but it’s an interesting place and worth spending some time there.You’ll feel like you’ll want to take thousand of pictures but be careful because many of the locals don’t appreciate it, so, the best thing to do is ask first!
#3. Calle Sagarnaga
Folks, this is really getting interesting. As we keep discovering the beautiful city with our guide, we knocked into this very big colorful street full of a lot varieties to buy, one of the best place to buy handicrafts such as alpaca woolen clothes, typical Andean material, jewelry and so on. It took us more than 4 hours to decide on what to pick & buy because they looked lovely. 9 top things to do in La Paz, Bolivia can’t get better than this!
#4. El mercado de las brujas
The witch market. In this market you can see objects that shamans traditionally use to make offers to Mother Earth, la Pachamama. It’s interesting but at the same time a bit disturbing as it is full of dead lama fetuses that are buried before building a new house, apparently it brings good luck!
#5. Mi Teleferico (Cable car)
Get on one or more lines of the Mi Teleferico and you’ll have a great view of the whole city of La Paz! In the 90s, the idea of constructing a cable car connecting 2 cities, La Paz and El Alto was initiated but never accomplished.
The cable car was finally opened and started operating in 2014. Since then it has been a big tourist attraction and less consumption on fuel. Thanks to the President of Bolivia Evo Morales Ayma for giving us such a beautiful view of La Paz from sky high.
#6. La Feria 16 de Julio
El Alto is a city half an hour from La Paz (where the airport is) and it hosts one of the biggest markets in all South America! It’s on from Thursday to Sunday and you can literally find any type of thing one could possibly sell! Try to get a map of the market once you get there because it really is enormous and you could easily get lost.
#7. The Death Road
Another big attraction is the death road. It lasts about three hours and you get down by bike to the Yungas, between the Andean highlands and the eastern forests. Despite the name it is not very dangerous (if you can ride a bike properly) and it is one of the main tourist attractions. There are several agencies that organize it, they hire you a mountain bike and all the equipment you need.
Alright fellows and for all the lovers of graffiti art this is where the camera rolls doesn’t stop even if you want! This is not a guide tour, this is me exploring the hidden streets of la Paz only to discover several beautiful graffiti art works around the city. Asking some locals around can help you also discover more beautiful street art works.
The best neighborhood to go to clubs is Sopocachi. On Thursdays you can see a show of the afrobolivian music called Saya in club “Malegria” and on Tuesdays you can go practice some salsa at Mongos, where you can attend salsa classes and then dance to a live band.
If you want to go to more traditional places and listen to some Andean music or some Bolivian cumbia, you must hang out in the centre, mainly San Francisco and nearby streets.
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