The city of La Paz is the political-administrative capital of Bolivia; it is located in a valley surrounded by imposing snowy mountains, which gives it a fascinating character in the eyes of any visitor.
Starting from the undulating forms that go down to the sharp gorges where the rivers flow, the city hides corners full of art, culture and architecture that deserve to be discovered.
The tourist can, in an only day, stroll through alleys that seem to have been snatched from the colonial past, with the pavement in it that still resounds the horses’ hooves, houses with balconies artistically worked and those in which escape ghosts that seem to touch with its ample and luxurious Clothing for walkers. Streets where you will hear and live the legends of the day and night, and reach to modern commercial shopping centers and businesses’ where the commercial life range from the traditional markets crowded with Culture and color to international franchise stores and much more reach modern Comercial center and business.
The impulse of modernity came with the implementation of the public transport service such as Puma Katari buses provide a quality service, and the cable car lines that allow traveling to the city since a height in which you find an spectacular view of the city because you will able to appreciate it in all its magnitude. La Paz reveals the variety of landscapes that are amassed between hills gorges and esplanades during the day, and meet the overturned sky on the earth in a great spectacle of lights during the night.
On December 7, 2014, it was declared one of the seventh Wonder Cities of the world.
It is located next to the La Paz – El Alto road, its location is marked by a female figure, la “mamacoa”, is a privileged place to appreciate part of the city and the Illimani mountain.
METROPOLITANO LAIKACOTA PARK VIEWPOINT:
Located in the Central Urban Park, the most important green space of the city, allows observing the topography and physiognomy of the city.
MONTÍCULO PARK VIEWPOINT:
Located in the bohemian district of Sopocachi, visited by couples of lovers that protect at light of the moon that is born just behind Illimani Mountain in the winter months. Its entry is marked for a cover beautifully carved in stone.
KILLI KILLI VIEWPOINT:
Located in the neighborhood of Villa Pabon, in a strategic place from which can be appreciated the city in almost 360º, historical site that was headquarters during the siege that suffered the city in 1781.
ANDEAN CERMONIAL CENTER AND VIEWPOINT
Located in Alto Munaypata, from here you can see the city of La Paz and part of the city of El Alto city in addition to the Cordillera Real. It is one of the ceremonial spaces of the Aymara culture, more important of La Paz.
Located in the North zone, near to Riosinho Park. It is the older of the city and it is conforming for 12 seasons to remember the passion and crucifixion of Christ. It culminates in a chapel from which you can appreciate great part of the city.
ALTO PAMPAHASI VIEWPOINT:
It is located in the area of the same name; from there you can see the neighborhoods of Llojeta, Miraflores, Villa Copacabana and Villa San Antonio.
Slide from San Francisco to the hill, part of Sagárnaga street in which the main traders of handicrafts and traditional fabrics meet in an amalgam of looms, leather, ceramics and stone that dress of gala in the jewelry elaborated with pewter, silver and precious and semiprecious jewels in an amalgam of colors and Andean forms.
STREET OF THE WITCHES:
Crossing Sagárnaga Street is Linares Street, popularly known as Calle de las Brujas in which small shops and businesses are set which become the scene of Aymara tradition full of mystique and fantasy in which amulets of all class ingredients for offerings at Aymara ceremonies.
The street is located in the north of the city, it characterizes by the excellent conservation of the colonial architecture with traditional houses and the old paving, that is a street with much mystique because there abounds legends about it and still keeps a green cross to frighten bad spirits and ghosts that they roam at nights. This has several restaurants and traditional cafes so as historic and traditional museums.
MEETING OF MUNICIPAL MUSEUMS
COSTUMBRISTA JUAN DE VARGAS MUSEUM:
It is located on Sucre Street. It begins with a travel for the four most important museums of the city and collections of models and dioramas are made by the artist Walter Pérez that are collected in the museums, in which they show customs of the city and an endless number of historical ways. It also has a collection of traditional dresses of La Chola of La Paz, paintings and other objects.
MUSEUM OF THE BOLIVIAN LITORAL
Located on the traditional Jaén Street, it shelters documents and objects from a sad chapter of Bolivian history, the loss of its coasts on the Pacific. It exalts the figure of the national hero Eduardo Avaroa, along with uniforms, arms, standards and objects rescued from the warlike conflict.
PRECIOUS METALS MUSEUM:
It mainly shelters pre-Columbian goldsmithery; it is compounded of copper, silver, and gold works. La Sala of gold shelters the most valuable of this heritage with ceremonial pieces and ornamental use worked with even semiprecious stones. Moreover, the collection compounds of elements in stone and ceramics. It includes the construction of a chullpa (funeral tower).
THE HOUSE OF MURILLO MUSEUM:
Dedicated to the patrician Pedro Domingo Murillo, creator of the first Libertarian Cry of America, in July 1809, the house conserves the furniture of the time that constituted the heritage of the hero, as well as a valuable collection of paintings of the presidents of Bolivia.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF BOLIVIA MUSEUM:
It finds on Jaén Street, is conformed to the private collection of instruments by the artist Ernesto Cavour, it can appreciate a broad range of instruments that begins from the pre-Columbian era to our days, besides it is including peculiar instruments of Bolivia and of the world.
TAMBO QUIRQUINCO MUSEUM:
Located on Evaristo Valle Street, about the old mansion belonging to cacique Quirquincha, harboring a collection of colonial and republican silver, photographs, masks, painting and sculpture.
Located on Linares Street, it houses a sample on this millenary plant, its cultivation, production and derivatives.
ETHNOGRAPHY Y FOLKLORE MUSEUM:
Installed in Palacio of the Marqueses de Villaverde on the corner Ingavi and Genaro Sanjinés, a building of mestizo baroque style that harbors a very interesting sample of textiles from all over the Bolivian territory, as well as ceramics and folk costumes and masks from various regions. A modern building houses a vast collection of bibliography and audiovisual documentation on the ethnography and folklore of the country.
NATIONAL OF ART MUSEUM:
Located on Comercio Street on the corner Socabayo, in the Palacio of Francisco Tadeo Diez of Medina what dwells at the end of the 18th century. It has the most important collections of painting from the vice regal era to our days, with samples of the most important Bolivian values of all times. Highlights the collection of Baroque mestizo paintings by the artist Melchor Pérez de Holguín.
MUSEUM OF ART CONTEMPORANY SQUARE:
Located in 16 de Julio Avenue (El Prado), it exhibits a private collection of paintings, sculpture and ceramics of national and foreign artists.
NATIONAL OF ARCHEOLOGY TIWANAKU MUSEUM:
Located on Tiwanaku Street, in a mansion built with designs neotiwanakotas and specially managed by the investigator Arturo Posnasky.
Today there is an extensive collection of stone and ceramic pieces from pre-Columbian cultures, mainly Tiwanaku.
SAN FRANCISCO CULTURAL CENTER MUSEUM:
Located in Plaza San Francisco, it exhibits the artistic, cultural and religious heritage of the Franciscan Order, established since the 16th century in Bolivia. The tour includes cloisters, orchards, crypts and a visit to the roof from where you have a beautiful view of the city.
VALLEY OF THE MOON:
Located in the area of Mallasa, an area where nature has created capricious shapes that resemble the lunar landscape with peaks and deep cracks between which the tourist can walk enjoying paths and bridges adjusted to the landscape, in certain areas can observe viscachas, rodents of the Andean zone.
VALLEY OF THE ANIMAS:
Geological landscape located in the hills to the southeast of the city where erosion has formed hundreds of peaks and needles that rise to great height, from there you can have a privileged view of the Real mountain range.
Near Valle de las Animas, it is a canyon located between rock formations of more than 200 meters of height; a wide corridor extends for the whole canyon, by an extension of almost 8 kilometers.
Cactario is located in the way of access to the area of Mallasa, it is a green space in which you can find 3 species of cactaceae and bromeliads in a singular natural environment.
PALESTRAS OF CLIMBING IN ROCK:
In the neighborhood of Amor de Dios of the city are several rock formations of great magnitude, in which you can perform up to 30 rock climbing routes.
Natural monolithic formation of 150 meters, which stands out in the landscape of the south of the city, on the top of a hill similar to a huge wheel, to which it owes its name. The ascent to this place can be realized in any time of the year, the place is protagonist of several urban legends. However, from the place you have a unique view of the city.
The city has an extensive range of accommodation; transport and hosting services based on international dishes, fusion food and national gastronomy, several establishments stand out even at an international level.
Just 21.5 kilometers from the city, in the district of Hampauti is the lagoon of Pampalarama right on the slopes of the Cordillera Real beside Wilamankilisani hill and the Huayna Potosi mountain in which it established the tourist undertaking Albergue Pampalarama of the community of Chacaltaya that manages and operates the hostel.
A comfortable alternative to appreciate the snowy mountains and enjoy a beautiful landscape a few minutes from the city. The community also organizes boat rides and the surrounding wetlands.