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La Paz, the city that touches the clouds, is located high up in the Andes Mountains and is popular as the de facto capital of Bolivia. Located between heights of 3300 – 4100 meters above sea level, the city is also known to be the highest capital in the world. The sheer altitude of La Paz makes it a unique travel destination, but that’s not all there that it has to offer. La Paz is home to breathtaking 19th century churches, magnificent natural surroundings, old world markets and wonderful museums.
You are bound to end up in La Paz while travelling to Bolivia, if only to use it as a port of call to travel to other destinations that the country has to offer. However, irrespective of your preferences or itineraries, it is always advisable to spend a day or two in the city. The beautiful town centre of La Paz might boast of all modern day activities and attractions, but it still retains its old world atmosphere, thereby making it one of the most unique attracting in the country. You can also choose to spend your day in any one the exotic looking beaches and the inviting waters (no guarantees on their cleanliness though!).
The very sight of La Paz is known to draw the breath away. Not only is it possible to see the majestic Mt. Illimani looming in the background, you can also enjoy the unique architectural wonders which make the buildings seem to be spilling out of the sides of the canyon. The altitude makes warm clothing desirable throughout the year and the climates are also known to be harsh in the summer months due to the infrequent rainfalls. The winter months are considered to be much better, but it can be quite freezing at night.
Any journey to La Paz requires time and patience before you can expect the city to unfold its majesty and diversity in front of you. Wandering through its old world alleys and beautiful markets, checking out its interesting museums or having coffee in bustling cafes and exploring the unique Witches Market are some of the best things to do, but you need to ensure that you acclimatize your body to the temperature and the altitude before you can actually begin to enjoy the city.
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|1. Iglesia de San Francisco
||What is it? People congregate in the plaza in front of
this imposing church, a mixture of Spanish and mestizo
architecture. Construction began in 1549 but it was only finished
in the mid-18th century, the architecture emphasising natural
forms. On Saturday mornings it is often possible to see colourful
Indian wedding processions leading to and from the church. The
Plaza San Francisco is also an interesting place to pass the time
and watch Bolivian life go by.
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|2. The Witches' Market (Mercado de Brujas)
||What is it? Situated in a maze of narrow alleyways is one
of the more bizarre markets in the world. An unusual collection of
merchandise is sold here, from herbs and remedies used in Aymara
traditions to potions, charms, and dried llama foetuses. Stretching
up and around it is the traditional market scene selling a huge
variety of goods for everyday needs, as well as Andean art and
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|3. Museo de Coca (Coca Museum)
906 Linares Street
|What is it? This is a relatively new museum that
describes the place of coca in the traditions and culture of the
Bolivians. From as far back as they can remember, coca has been a
part of their culture and has a place in legendary history when the
gods and goddesses used the divine coca leaf to alleviate hunger,
cold, fatigue and pain. At first the chewing of leaves was
restricted to use in religious ceremonies and by upper-class
families but the Spaniards soon became aware of its stimulating
effects. They began to promote it widely among the Indian labourers
to increase output and numb the senses against the hardships and
anxieties they faced. The displays are very provocative and
educational, and also include the use and exploitation of coca in
the soft drink and pharmaceutical
Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm
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