GENERAL DESCRIPTION

La Paz, in Bolivia, is the highest administrative capital in the world, resting on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau at more than 3,500m above sea level. It stretches to El Alto city in the highlands, with snow-capped, 6,438m-high Mt. Illimani as its backdrop.

FABIO'S REVIEW

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If I decided to live in Bolivia, I would probably settle in La Paz or Sucre. La Paz doesn’t have major tourist attractions, but compared to the other Bolivian cities I stayed in, it had the fastest internet and the best variety/quality of services. The costs are higher than other Bolivian towns, but still dirt cheap compared to Western prices.

Tourist wise, I recommend the following places:
- the Witches Market (Mercado de las Brujas) on Calle Linares. It’s a small dirty road but you can find some fun stuff, such as coca-based products (candies, potions, teas), corpses of lama pets and many more goodies. You might not want to carry these back to the US or Australia…
- The church and museum of San Francisco, and the adjacent Sagarnaga Street, which is La Paz' main tourist strip.
- Calle Jaen has some well-preserved colonial buildings and museums.
- Plaza Murillo contains the government buildings and the main cathedral.
- The “Teleferico” is a cable way offering interesting views of the city (similar to what I experienced in Medellin and Quito).

There are also wrestling matches between “cholitas” (the short/fatty local women wearing the Charlie Chaplin hats): I was told, too late, that such matches are arranged in El Alto only on Sundays, and was unable to attend.

LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

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CALLE JAEN

Calle Jaen steep, narrow cobblestone alley is lined with brightly colored colonial houses, cafes & museums.

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IGLESIA SANTO DOMINGO

Iglesia Santo Domingo is one of the oldest temples in the city of La Paz. It has a mestizo baroque style and is characterized by abundant decorations with fauna and flora motifs of the subtropical region of La Paz, as well as winged faces of angels in the columns. On the entrance door we can find an angel with viceregal dress and on top the old figure of God resplendent on clouds.

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LA PAZ CITY

La Paz city, located in west-central Bolivia 68 km (42 mi) southeast of Lake Titicaca, is set in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River. It is located in a bowl-like depression surrounded by the high mountains of the Altiplano. The city's dramatic setting can be taken in during rides on Mi Teleférico, the aerial cable car system.

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PLAZA MURILLO

The Plaza Murillo is the central plaza of the city of La Paz and the open space most connected to the political life of Bolivia.

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WITCHES MARKET (MERCADO DE LAS BRUJAS)

The Witches' Market, also known as El Mercado de las Brujas and La Hechiceria, is a popular tourist attraction located in Cerro Cumbre, a mountain clearing in La Paz, Bolivia.

CALLE JAEN

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Calle Jaen steep, narrow cobblestone alley is lined with brightly colored colonial houses, cafes & museums.

IGLESIA SANTO DOMINGO

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Bolivia-(2015-March)---La-Paz---Iglesia-Santo-Domingo---2685-cover

Iglesia Santo Domingo is one of the oldest temples in the city of La Paz. It has a mestizo baroque style and is characterized by abundant decorations with fauna and flora motifs of the subtropical region of La Paz, as well as winged faces of angels in the columns. On the entrance door we can find an angel with viceregal dress and on top the old figure of God resplendent on clouds.

LA PAZ CITY

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La Paz city, located in west-central Bolivia 68 km (42 mi) southeast of Lake Titicaca, is set in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River. It is located in a bowl-like depression surrounded by the high mountains of the Altiplano. The city's dramatic setting can be taken in during rides on Mi Teleférico, the aerial cable car system.

PLAZA MURILLO

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Bolivia-(2015-March)---La-Paz---Plaza-Murillo---3612-cover

The Plaza Murillo is the central plaza of the city of La Paz and the open space most connected to the political life of Bolivia.

WITCHES MARKET (MERCADO DE LAS BRUJAS)

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The Witches' Market, also known as El Mercado de las Brujas and La Hechiceria, is a popular tourist attraction located in Cerro Cumbre, a mountain clearing in La Paz, Bolivia.

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