La Paz

Top places to see and top things to do in La Paz

  • By Allan K
  • Destinations
  • 30.05.2017

La Paz’ official name is Nuestra Señora de La Paz, and this is Bolivia’s 3rd largest city by population. La Paz has more government departments than the country’s capital, Sucre. La Paz is the highest administrative capital in the world, located at about 3,650 meters above the sea level, though it goes as low as 3,200 meters and as high as 4,100 meters. There are many things tourists can enjoy in the city, so here is a quick selection.

Mount Illimani
This mountain has 4 peaks, and is always covered in snow. The peaks can be seen from many spots in the city, therefore remember to have the camera ready if you see nice angle.

Calle Jaen
This place is one of few still keeping its colonial buildings, therefore architecture lovers will feel very inspired for pictures here. They are renovated and now they host several museums.

National Ethnographic and Folk Museum
This museum will teach you basically everything you need to know about the Bolivian culture. It doesn’t matter what aspect you’re looking for: historic, current, the one on the streets, in schools, or other.

Shopping
Tourists find here a shopping paradise. Sagarnaga Street and the Witches' Market are popular shopping areas for tourists and for those who want to cast a spell. Ayni Bolivia sells all sorts of handicrafts.

Enjoy folk music
The Andean culture is rich in folk music. In La Paz the best way to enjoy this type of specific music is in the peñas, nown for most tourists as music clubs.

Ride the cable car
The locals call it teleferico and while it has only 2 routes available right now, more will be created. Hopefully you’re not scared of heights as to admire the city from above.