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Plaza San Francisco
Vacation Travel Guide

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

Loki La Paz Hostel
Loki La Paz Hostel
2 out of 5
Av. Americas 120, La Paz, La Paz
The price is $10 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Located in Downtown La Paz, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Tambo Quirquincho Museum, Mercado Lanza, and Calle Comercio. Plaza San Francisco and Witches' ...

4/5Very Good! (40 reviews)

"It felt very safe and secure. The room were cleaned often and the elevator meant there was no hiking up and down the stairs (as there were in other 5 level hostels). The entertainment was great on the 6th and 7th floors and the staff were always very helpful!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Loki La Paz Hostel
Hotel Europa La Paz
Hotel Europa La Paz
4 out of 5
Calle Tiahuanaco N. 64, La Paz
The price is $63 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Museum of Archaeology and Plaza Murillo. Mirador Killi Killi and Witches' Market ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (315 reviews)
Trust

"Generally very good but this is the first time I have had the room checked prior to departure and I stay in hundreds of hotels as I am a pilot.A bit stressful due to a 5:50 checkout for an early flight !"…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Hotel Europa La Paz
Hotel Sagarnaga
Hotel Sagarnaga
2.5 out of 5
Sagarnaga 326 Zona Rosario, La Paz
The price is $30 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9

Located in Downtown La Paz, this hotel is steps from Coca Museum, San Francisco Church, and Witches' Market. San Francisco Convent and Museum and Municipal House ...

3.8/5Good! (253 reviews)
Good budget accommodation

"Good budget accommodation in the heart of La Paz. Easy walking distance to everything. ATMs, good restaurants and laundry services right outside. Breakfast could be improved or at least changed up each day. Good hot water and WIFI, hairdryers on request. Would stay again."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Hotel Sagarnaga
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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Best Lodging Options Near Plaza San Francisco

Loki La Paz Hostel
Loki La Paz Hostel
2 out of 5
Av. Americas 120, La Paz, La Paz
The price is $10 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Loki La Paz Hostel
Hotel Europa La Paz
Hotel Europa La Paz
4 out of 5
Calle Tiahuanaco N. 64, La Paz
The price is $63 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Hotel Europa La Paz
Hotel Sagarnaga
Hotel Sagarnaga
2.5 out of 5
Sagarnaga 326 Zona Rosario, La Paz
The price is $30 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
Hotel Sagarnaga
Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa
Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Edificio Multicine Pisos 5 & 12, La Paz, La Paz
The price is $118 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Stannum Boutique Hotel & Spa
Qantu Hotel
Qantu Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Illampu No. 740, La Paz, Pedro Domingo Murillo
The price is $53 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Qantu Hotel
Hostal Naira
Hostal Naira
3 out of 5
Calle Sagarnaga #161, La Paz
The price is $55 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Hostal Naira
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 $94 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
La Casona Hotel Boutique
Hotel Presidente
Hotel Presidente
3.5 out of 5
C. Potosí Nro. 920, La Paz
The price is $97 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Hotel Presidente
Las Brisas Hotel
Las Brisas Hotel
3 out of 5
Calle Illampu 742, El Rosario, La Paz
The price is $31 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Las Brisas 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.