Plaza San Francisco

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Plaza San Francisco

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See historic architecture, watch street performers and browse the stands of handicraft and food markets at this lively central square.

Architectural masterpieces and street performers, handicraft vendors and a food market make Plaza San Francisco one of the most animated public squares in La Paz. The square marks the point where the city’s colonial quarter bordered with the Aymara indigenous districts.

The square is a constant hive of activity and a popular meeting point of La Paz’s Aymara population. Observe the families and groups of friends that convene on the square’s steps to chat and share peanuts and other snacks. Find local vendors offering everything from handicrafts and colorful fruits, to art and herbal medicines. Let yourself be entertained by street performers, such as comedians and magicians.

Visit the San Francisco Church to see a fusion of baroque, mestizo and neoclassical architectural styles. Check out the façade’s stone carvings that portray animals and mythological creatures. Enjoy views of the square and La Paz’s cityscape from the church’s tower. Visit the adjacent Museo San Francisco, housed in a convent, to see religious and indigenous arts, period clothing and chalices.

On the upper level of the square stone carvings represent the country’s most significant historical eras: the ancient Tiwanaku people; the Incan Empire; and modern-day Bolivia. Walk pass the sculptures to the dazzling Lanza Market. Browse the stands for fresh local produce, including tropical fruits, cheese and freshly baked breads. Sample traditional Bolivian cuisine such as a salteña, a baked savory pastry filled with meat and vegetables.

At this central gathering place, it is likely that you will witness demonstrations and street parades. The strikes are held by political groups, teachers and striking workers and are part of every-day life in La Paz. It is safest to keep out of the way, but you are welcome to take photos of group celebrations.

Plaza San Francisco is in La Paz’s city center. Shared mini buses stop at the plaza and provide easy access from most areas in the city. Other major city attractions, such as the Museo de la Coca and the Witches’ Market, are a 5-minute walk from the square.

Top Hotels Close to Plaza San Francisco

Hotel Sagarnaga
Hotel Sagarnaga
2.5 out of 5
Sagarnaga 326 Zona Rosario, La Paz
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $33 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in La Paz. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
3.8/5 Good! (264 reviews)
"Clean hotel in a very convenient location. The staff was accommodating in every way. We used Hotel Sagarnaga as a base while traveling Bolivia. They allowed us to leave several bags in between stays. They also allowed us to make last minute reservations when making plans to travel around the country. ..."

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

Hotel Sagarnaga
Ritz Apart Hotel
Ritz Apart Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Plaza Isabel La Catolica Nro. 2478, La Paz, 4026
The price is $104 per night from May 20 to May 21
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in La Paz. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (140 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
Hotel Boutique El Consulado
Hotel Boutique El Consulado
3 out of 5
Calle Carlos Bravo 299, Corner of Tiahuanacu Street, La Paz
The price is $45 per night from May 20 to May 21
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in La Paz. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (92 reviews)
"Excelente atención, todo muy limpio y en buen estado !"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Hotel Boutique El Consulado
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Hotel Sagarnaga
Hotel Sagarnaga
2.5 out of 5
Sagarnaga 326 Zona Rosario, La Paz
The price is $33 per night from May 22 to May 23
Hotel Sagarnaga
Ritz Apart Hotel
Ritz Apart Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Plaza Isabel La Catolica Nro. 2478, La Paz, 4026
The price is $104 per night from May 20 to May 21
Ritz Apart Hotel
Hotel Boutique El Consulado
Hotel Boutique El Consulado
3 out of 5
Calle Carlos Bravo 299, Corner of Tiahuanacu Street, La Paz
The price is $45 per night from May 20 to May 21
Hotel Boutique El Consulado
Qantu Hotel
Qantu Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Illampu No. 740, La Paz, Pedro Domingo Murillo
The price is $38 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 16
Qantu Hotel
Hotel Presidente
Hotel Presidente
3.5 out of 5
C. Potosí Nro. 920, La Paz
The price is $99 per night from May 20 to May 21
Hotel Presidente
Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa
Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Edificio Multicine Pisos 5 & 12, La Paz, La Paz
The price is $96 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 5
Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa
La Casona Hotel Boutique
La Casona Hotel Boutique
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz Nº 938, La Paz, La Paz
The price is $105 per night from May 20 to May 21
La Casona Hotel Boutique
Las Brisas Hotel
Las Brisas Hotel
3 out of 5
Calle Illampu 742, El Rosario, La Paz
Las Brisas Hotel
Hostal Naira
Hostal Naira
3 out of 5
Calle Sagarnaga #161, La Paz
The price is $50 per night from May 20 to May 21
Hostal Naira
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.