La Paz

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Aymara rituals, colonial architecture and modern nightlife, combined with markets and museums you won’t find anywhere else, make this Bolivia’s cultural capital.

In the Old City of La Paz, with its colonial heritage and ancient customs, you may feel like you have stepped back in time. The indigenous Bolivians still wear handwoven costumes and bowler hats, but the modern city dwellers also embrace new comforts and trends from all over the world. Visitors are often surprised to find a good mix of interesting restaurants, bars and art museums.

La Paz is officially called La Ciudad de Nuestra Señora de la Paz (The City of Our Lady of the Peace). The regular street protests remind visitors that La Paz is the seat of government of Bolivia, but its constitutional capital is Sucre.

With the El Alto International Airport at 13,313 feet (4,058 meters) above sea level, La Paz can literally take your breath away. Acclimatize before walking to the many attractions in the steep inner-city streets, otherwise take a taxi or shared “mini bus.”

Start in the city’s historical heart, Plaza Murillo, to admire the Presidential Palace, Cathedral Murillo and National Museum of Art.

In Calle Jaén, a cobblestoned street, small museums display Bolivia’s rich culture. Find gold and silver artifacts in the Museo de Metales Preciosos and discover Latin American sounds at the Museo de Instrumentos Musicales. Nearby is the Museo de la Coca, displaying the traditional uses of the coca plant. At the Witches’ Market, indigenous Aymara women sell herbal remedies and curious offerings.

Enjoy street performances and handicraft shopping on Plaza San Francisco and climb the clock tower of the San Francisco Church. It overlooks Calle Sagárnaga, the city’s long-time travelers’ hub. To enjoy panoramic views, get a taxi to Mirador Laikakota. See how the more affluent lower city is overshadowed by slums clinging to the mountain slopes.

La Paz is the gateway to the snowcapped Illimani mountain, ragged peaks in the Valle de la Luna, almost impenetrable jungle of the Amazon Basin, shimmering salt flats of Uyuni and the mystical islands of Lake Titicaca.

Where to stay in La Paz

Hotel Europa La Paz
Hotel Europa La Paz
4 out of 5
Calle Tiahuanaco N. 64, La Paz
The price is $91 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Museum of Archaeology, San Francisco Church, and Plaza Murillo. Mirador Killi Killi ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (324 reviews)
"Great price for hotel quality. Great pool."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Hotel Europa La Paz
Suites Camino Real
Suites Camino Real
4.5 out of 5
Av Ballivian 369 Esquina Calle, La Paz
The price is $99 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
Situated in the suburbs, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Japanese Garden and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Valle de la Luna. Hernando Siles Stadium and Plaza ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (176 reviews)
"Luxurious rooms. Quiet, well-appointed, modern, attentive staff, gourmet breakfast, dining, and room service."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Suites Camino Real
Ritz Apart Hotel
Ritz Apart Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Plaza Isabel La Catolica Nro. 2478, La Paz
The price is $111 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
Located in Downtown La Paz, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Plaza San Francisco, La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral, and Plaza Murillo. Witches' Market and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (138 reviews)
2nd stay at the Ritz
"2nd time staying. High-end apartment with excellent customer service. Staff very attentive and helpful. Really enjoyed our stay. Highly recommend"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Ritz Apart Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Ritz Apart Hotel
Ritz Apart Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Plaza Isabel La Catolica Nro. 2478, La Paz
The price is $111 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
Located in Downtown La Paz, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Plaza San Francisco, La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral, and Plaza Murillo. Witches' Market and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (138 reviews)
2nd stay at the Ritz
"2nd time staying. High-end apartment with excellent customer service. Staff very attentive and helpful. Really enjoyed our stay. Highly recommend"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Ritz Apart Hotel
Casa cerca de Obrajes
Casa cerca de Obrajes
La Paz, La Paz
Situated in La Paz, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Costumbrista Juan de Vargas Museum, Calle Jaen, and Museo del Litoral Boliviano. Murillo House ...
Casa cerca de Obrajes
Monticulo Apart Hotel
Monticulo Apart Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Calle Macario Pinilla 580 Sopocachi, La Paz
Located in Downtown La Paz, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza Murillo, and National Museum of Art. Witches' Market ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3 reviews)
El hotel es bueno me gusto su ubicación
"El hotel no está en el centro de La Paz, pero me gustó su ubicación porque es una zona bastante tranquila y cerca al centro, el desayuno estuvo bien, y la comodidad de las habitaciones también. El personal fue bastante amable con nosotros, nos guardaron muy amablemente nuestras maletas durante nuestro ..."

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018

Monticulo Apart Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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