Ancient indigenous traditions and culture are alive and well in this highland Andean city. An eclectic mix of old and new is the cornerstone of La Paz’s charm, which continues to attract visitors year after year. Explore the bizarre Witches Market or mingle with colorfully dressed cholitas in a city that still preserves the intriguing cultural traditions of yesteryear.
This massive cable-car public transit system was built to ease traffic congestion in the city’s hectic downtown streets. For the traveler, it provides a wonderful opportunity to admire the city’s incredible topography from the air. At only BOB3 per ride ($0.40), it’s a pretty good deal too.
La Paz was awarded a spot in the top 10 Ultimate Party Cities by Lonely Planet in 2009, and to be frank, it was onto something. With an array of crazy backpacker hostels, sophisticated cocktail bars, swanky hidden pubs and thumping live music venues, La Paz has drinking holes to suit every taste.
The Death Road
A must-do activity on any thrill-seeking adventurer’s bucket list, the Death Road is an immensely popular mountain biking descent down a notoriously dangerous former highway. Just be careful not to fall off the edge, as it’s several hundred feet to the bottom.
With easy road and air access to Bolivia’s best attractions such as the Salar de Uyuni, Lake Titicaca, Sucre and beyond, it’s logical that this strategically located city would form part of any Bolivian itinerary. Many travelers pass through more than once while exploring this inspiring country.
There are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with Pachamama (mother nature) just a stone’s throw away from La Paz. Whether it’s climbing some of the continent’s most beautiful mountains or trekking through isolated villages, there are plenty of nearby adventures to choose from.
After a funky alpaca jumper, beanie or scarf? Calle Sarganaga and the surrounding area has some excellent quality alpaca goods at the cheapest prices available anywhere on the continent. After all, donning excessive amounts of colorful alpaca accessories is the quintessential South American traveler’s experience.
Bolivians love a good street parade. This is especially true in In La Paz, where there are literally more parades than days of the year. Some are huge events that bring the whole town to a standstill, while others consist of just a few friends from the neighborhood. Either way, there’ll be plenty of colorful costumes, music, dancing and merrymaking involved.