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Sightseeing in La Paz - what to see. Complete travel guide

La Paz is a city in Bolivia. This is the virtual capital of the republic located in the center of the South America continent. The official capital of Bolivia is Sucre. La Paz is located in Andes, on the territory of the Bolivian plateau, in the canyon of the La Paz River that is included into the basin of the Amazon River. La Paz is the highest-altitude capital of the world. It is located 3400 meters above the sea level, while some quarters of the city are located 4100 meters above the sea level. The city’s airport is located on the same height.
La Paz is not by chance considered the cultural center of Bolivia. The city is characterized by many interesting traditions and customs. La Paz is called a city of contrasts following modern … Open
The city was founded in 1548. When translated from Spanish, the world La Paz means “peace”. Starting from 1898 La Paz is considered the virtual capital of Bolivia. Here are located the residence of the president and the government of the country.
Due to mountain relief the city has an interesting shape – it looks like a giant cup, in which the roads into the city go up, while the roads from the city go down. The city has got such an interesting shape due to its unique location. Many years ago a giant volcano crater was located here. It stopped acting millions of years ago. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
La Paz is sure to please fans of tours with a variety of interesting historical buildings and museums. On the main town square, they will find the Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora … Open
Among the main sights of the city is the president’s palace Palacio Quemado (the name is translated as «Burnt Palace»). This name was given to the palace after it had been burnt by the Indians during the uprising in 1875.
The historical center of La Paz is the location of Murillo Square. The square is the location of the monument devoted to the freedom fighters. Here you can also see the Capitol (National Congress). The square is surrounded by numerous colonial houses and churches that are rich in sculptures (San Francisco Church, San Pedro Church, Santo Domingo Church).
One of the main entertainments for visitors to La Paz is exploring the region's amazing natural attractions. Of special interest are excursions to Poop Lake, one of the highest-attitude salt … Open
In order to observe the exhibits of the Indian colonial art, you can visit the National Museum of Arts. Casa de Murillo Exhibition Hall is a wonderful place to see pictures and sculptures. You can also attend theatres and see the bulls fighting on the arena of the city.
The starting point of many excursion programs is the Murillo Square. It bears the name of one of the national heroes - the fighter for the independence of Bolivia, Pedro Domingo Murillo. Around the square are very beautiful administrative buildings, many of which were built in the 19th century. On the square there is a monument dedicated to the national hero. On the days of national holidays, there are always interesting events here.
1. Not far from La Paz there is a large international airport, which receives regular flights from Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. The airport is about 10 km away from the city. 2. In … Open
Not far from the square, the charming colonial street of Salle Jaen originates. It is famous for its beautiful historical buildings, many of which have remained intact from colonial times. In many old buildings, there are interesting museums and art galleries, as well as artisan workshops and souvenir shops. This street is completely at the disposal of pedestrians, which makes walks on it even more comfortable. The main attraction of this street is the house of Pedro Domingo Murillo, which was converted into an interesting museum.
The busiest and most interesting place in the city is Sagarnaga Street. It contains a huge market. On this street, there are hundreds of shops, craft workshops, cheap hotels and restaurants. It is here that budget tourists in search of affordable housing and original souvenirs are most often sent to. Still on this street, there are popular jewelry stores offering silverware.
Not far from the city center is its most famous natural landmark - the Moon Valley. It is a very complex hilly terrain with a lot of unusual geological formations. Here you can see unusual rocks which due to the play of shadows and sunlight, at different times of the day look different. This unusual natural place has been a constant place for holding the original national holiday – Skulls Day for many years.
La Paz, Bolivia Nature lovers should definitely visit the Madidi National Park. Its area is about 19,000 square kilometers. This park is considered one of the most diverse ecosystems of our planet. There are only 900 species of birds in its territory. It contains more than 150 species of mammals, and more than 70 species of reptiles. This amazing park is visited by researchers from all over the world.
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♥   National Park 'Tunari' , 5.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Tuni Condoriri' , 37.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around La Paz from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

North Yungas Road

From the series “Most Spectacular Mountain Roads”
The trail starts at an altitude of 330 meters above sea level and gradually rises to an altitude of 3600 km. By an unspoken rule the advantage have those vehicles that climb the hill. In 1995 the Death road has been recognized as the most dangerous one in the world. Travellers who’re planning to ride by car should take into consideration that a significant portion of the transport stream is massive trucks and buses. Numerous cyclists also complicate the situation. Inexperienced drivers are not recommended to set out in the rain. … Read further

Sightseeing in Bolivia: things to see

The most famous nature sight of Bolivia is, probably, Lake Titicaca that is also the "highest navigable lake" in the world. It addition to magnificent nature and beautiful skyline, the lake has one more secret. In 2000, during one of numerous exploration campaigns, an ancient Indian temple was found on the bottom of the lake. The temple was built approximately 1500 years ago. Therefore, a sight of international level is buried deep under waters of Lake Titicaca. … Open
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When asked about the primary aim of traveling, different nationals stated different goals. For example, Australians are craving sightseeing, Americans want to visit their loved ones and improve their mood, and British tourists need more sunshine in their lives. When traveling for work, the survey respondents named comfortable beds and room service to be one of the most important factors. Read this

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