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

  • 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

  • 90%


    City of stars

    nice city, gorgeous view at night. pretty secure and the people are quite nice except the vendors which do not seem tgo want to sell anything and might seem a bit rude from time to time.

    Insider Tip:Go up the teleferico to see the whole city at night. Eat at the mercado. And enjoy!

  • 90%


    La Paz

    I love this city! La Paz is crazy- hidden in a gorge/valley with the sprawling mass of El Alto surrounding it, it really does take your breath away. The markets and cultural norms are fascinating to watch come to life and the colonial influence can be seen as you cross the different sections of the city. Evo is certainly making his mark among the people- let's hope he keeps raising the minimum wage!

    Insider Tip:The Redcap walking tour is great- loads of information about Bolivia as a country over the last hundred years or so- absolutely fascinating. The Rellenos in the market are brilliant- like a mini shepherds pie to take away.... add hot sauce for excellent flavours! Read 'Marching Powder' to realise anything and everything can happen in Bolivia! The public transport cable cars are an innovation- apparently the red line gives you the best views of the city (we didn't have time to go unfortunately)

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