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La Paz Sights and Landmarks Guide, Bolivia

If you are in the Capital of Bolivia, La Paz, there are numerous things for you to do and see.  There are dozens of shopping areas, museums and parks to relax in.  Here you will discover a few of these hot spots in La Paz. 

Besides shopping for souvenirs, going shopping in La Paz is a unique experience.  There are many mercados or market places that you can visit which sell anything and everything.  On Sagarnaga Street you can find everything a tourist needs, whether it be souvenirs, local artistry, or places to stay and eat and travel agencies specializing in Bolivia.  

The most fun Bolivian market to go to is the Mercado de las Brujas or the Witches’ Market which sells a variety of items that would be used for local rituals from the Aymara indigenous tribe.  Such items you can pick up here are dried frogs, the fetuses of llamas and other herbs and figures to accompany the rituals. This street is next to the Sagarnaga Street. Other markets in Bolivia that you can venture into are the Eloy Salmon and the Black Market

La Paz conveniently has all of its major buildings and parks all in one convenient area so that within a few hours you can see all of what the inner city has to offer you.  One of the first places to go to is Calle Jaen where you will see a variety of Museums and buildings dating back to the colonial period under the Spanish rule. 

Then in Plaza Murillo you will be able to see the main Cathedral for La Paz as well as government buildings.  You can then see some of the best parks in La Paz including Parqu Laikacota which you can see the whole city from and Mirador Monticulo which is very romantic.  

La Paz has done a very good job of preserving its ancient culture and to document it. They have created various museums in order to display their customs and traditions.  One such Museum is the Tiwanaku Museum.  Other museums that have ancient cultural value include the Museum of Precious Metals, the Submerged Museum and the Musical Instrument Museum.  If you are interested in Bolivia’s history, you can go to the Museum San Francisco which includes a documentation of the entire revolution for independence in 1809.  There is also the Mmuseum of Contemporary Art and a fantastic museum, the Coca Museum which can tell you everything there is to know about the Coca plant.

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