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

  • 30%


    What are you doing in La Paz

    As we were in the process of bribing our Bolivian border guards to get back into Peru, our new Argentinian stranger-friend who was helping us bribe them said to us, "What the heck are you doing in Bolivia". I have been to many third world cities, but La Paz has got to be one of the least rewarding experiences I have ever had. Also, the pollution here is horrific, the smog doesn't go anywhere, it just stays.

    Insider Tip:Don't go to Bolivia.

  • 60%


    explore its hidden treaures.

    a city that at first seems dirty and claustrophobic, but as you explore you will find it has wonderful hidden charms.

    Insider Tip:be careful with the altitude. if you are not fit it will be an issue for you. be careful at night. it rains alot here in the summer.... ALOT

  • 100%


    Most interesting large city in S America

    I've hated most large S American cities I've been to (Montevideo, Lima, Santiago, Buenas Aires, Quito) but La Paz is the exception. It has a lot more interesting setting (three 6000+ meter peaks surround it) and you can see indigenous (Aymara) culture on display here. The Teleferico (cable cars) are great.

  • 50%


    Great activities around La Paz

    La Paz is a big city with quite some pollution and very heavy traffic. Nevertheless it's worth a visit for a couple of days and even longer considering the many activities such mountain biking death road you can do from La Paz.

    Insider Tip:Mountain bike Death Road

  • 70%


    So much to see and do

    La Paz is a nice change after spending so long in small Bolivian towns. Everything you could want or need is there.

    Insider Tip:Take the cable car just for the ride

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