How to Spend 24 Hours in La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz
La Paz | © Gary A. Valenzuela
Harry Stewart

The fascinating Andean City of La Paz should really be explored over several days or weeks. With a myriad of things to see and do in this Bolivian city, not to mention the numerous natural wonders that lie just a stone’s throw away; let’s take a look at the ideal way to spend 24 hours in La Paz.

Start the Day with a Traditional Bolivian Breakfast

La Paz has many interesting breakfast options that are quite different to your typical morning meal back home. Start the day with a quick breakfast snack, preferably a salteña or tucumana, before hitting the streets for a long day of sightseeing. These baked delicacies are sold all over the city, so it shouldn’t take long to track one down.

Salteñas

Check Out the Micro Center

Travel downhill and cross the bridge over the busy Av. Perez before going uphill again towards Plaza Murillo. Here you’ll some of the country’s most important political buildings, including The Palacio Quemado (The Burnt Palace) which received its unusual nickname after almost being torched by fire during one of Bolivia’s many revolutions, as well as The House of Congress and The City Cathedral. Next, head a block uphill, turn left and keep walking until you reach Calle Jaen, the most attractive and well preserved colonial street La Paz has to offer. Stop for a coffee break at ETNO ponder checking out one of this street’s many museums and galleries.
Where: Plaza Murillo, Socabaya, La Paz, Bolivia and Calle Jaen, Socabaya, La Paz, Bolivia

Plaza Murillo

Time to Hit the Town

Now the day’s sightseeing is done, it’s time to relax with dinner and drinks. One of the best things about La Paz is its huge variety of quality international restaurants and trendy bars, dotted all around the city. Those looking to splash out should consider visiting Gustu, the city’s most upmarket restaurant. Otherwise, you’ll find plenty of fine options in the center, and in the Sopocachi neighborhood. After dinner, the natural course of action is to visit a bar or two and check out a live show, or even a local DJ.

La Paz by Night

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