City Guide La Paz, Bolivia

Visiting La Paz

Officially known as La Paz de Ayacucho, Bolivia’s biggest city isn’t the official capital (which is Sucre), instead the ‘administrative’ capital. This makes it the highest capital in the world at an altitude of 12,000 feet.

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La Paz City Reviews

  • 70%


    it is a nice place to visit if you want to see very traditional people and not too much technology, the traffic is crazy, the transport is way too old, but is super secure, people are super friendly, you can go around and walk by yourself, in half day you will walk all the city mains, it is also a central point to go to other places like uyuni, tiwanaku, copacabana, etc.and everythin is super cheap.

    Insider Tip:La paz is at a very high altitude which might cause you a little problem with your breathing but just go at your own pace and try to recover your breath, in that way you´ll be okey and won´t get sorochi, and in a couple days you´ll kind of get used to it

  • 70%


    Review of La Paz

    Great city. Inexpensive compared to many of the other cities in SA. Plenty to see and do in the city. But also the starting point for the Death Road biking tours. This tour is highly recommended and is great fun.

    Insider Tip:The Steakhouse at the four corners does a great steak cooked in a variety of ways. Definitely recommended to try this place at least once while in La Paz.

  • 60%


    Not much to do here, but a great launch pad.

    Shopping is mad cheap. buy your shit here and sent it home for cheap too. La Paz doesnt have too much to offer, but its worth partying a night or two and heading off to the pampa, death road, nearby ruins, Uyuni, Suvcre, Potosi... you name it. Bolivia's at your feet.

  • 60%


    Death Road - A must!

    If you're into radical sports, bikes and danger. YOU MUST DO THAT TRIP. it was fantastic! Very worth!

    Insider Tip:Altitude Tour is a great company.

  • 80%


    La Paz - city of altitude sickness

    Nice city! Lot of people don't like La Paz, but I loved La Paz. Very good vibe of the city, pretty cheap even thought not as cheap as people say, well at least for me! However you can haggle with people and get better price! Night life was not very interesting to me, only seen 2 clubs. One was Hard Rock Cafe which has got nothing to do with rock at all and it was packed!!! The other one had a good reggae!

    Insider Tip:Haggle with people! You will get even better price. Food is quite cheap! 15 for 3 meal course. Just keep looking for it! Do not pay silly prices! Its a rip-off!

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