Located 3600 meters above sea level La Paz has been nicknamed the city which touches the clouds. It is nestled among the surrounding mountainsides. La Paz was set up in the year 1548. As Bolivia’s capital, it is a well-known stop for tourists to South America. The city has a colorful and vibrant culture which makes it unforgettable. The city has been built in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River. This is a list of things to do in La Paz.
1. Plaza San Francisco – Admire the historic architecture, see street performers and explore the food and craft markets in this bustling central plaza. In front of the Plaza, there is an imposing church called Iglesia de San Francisco, which combines Métis and the Spanish Baroque style. It is one of the main things to do in La Paz.
2. Calle Jaén – Nuestra Señora de la Paz r our Lady of Peace, was founded in 1548 by Spanish conquistadors on the site of an indigenous settlement. The Spanish architectural heritage is still very present in Jaén Street, a pedestrian street in the heart of La Paz. The narrow and paved road is one of the main tourist attractions of La Paz, rich in colorful buildings, lanterns, and wrought iron balconies. Several museums are also located on the street, including the National Museum of Art (see number 5) and the Museo de Litoral, which displays objects from the Pacific War (1879-1884). Bolivia ended the war after losing its coastal territory to Chile. Visiting it is essential among things to do in La Paz.
3. Witches’ Market (Bruges Market) – The Witches’ Market is located near the Church of San Francisco and goes through some narrow streets. This is one of the most unique places in La Paz with women selling everything from medicinal plants to alpaca blankets and warm Andean sweaters. It is a tourist market, but it also offers a fascinating insight into Bolivian culture. An enchanting things to do in La Paz.
4. Valley of the Moon (Valle de la Luna) – The Valley of the Moon is a fascinating geological anomaly due to its strange lunar landscape. The Valley of the Moon is one of the most popular attractions in La Paz and includes several kilometers of trails that lead through the huge stalagmites and trenches of the valley, which have been dug into the ground for centuries by wind and rain. In addition to its fascinating geology, the Valley of the Moon offers a breathtaking view of the Andes outside the city. The most fascinating among things to do in La Paz.
5. Ruins of Tiwanaku – Recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2000, Tiwanaku is an ancient archaeological site that bears the name of one of the most important ancient civilizations before the Inca Empire. The ruins of Tiwanaku are located next to the small town of Tiwanaku on the Altiplano on Route 3, which runs from La Paz to the west to Lake Titicaca.
6. Killi Killi – Mirador Killi-Killi is an observation point in La Paz, Bolivia, between Villa Pabón and Plaza Abaroa. Walk up the stairway, take a few minutes to catch your breath and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of La Paz.
7. El Alto Market – El Alto is a city that has exploded over the years (with almost 1.5 million inhabitants), while Bolivians from rural areas are moving to the city. It is one of the largest cities in the world at 4150 meters altitude. The largest outdoor market offers everything you can imagine and is a true Bolivian experience.