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Daily Life in La Paz (Self Guided), La Paz

Life in La Paz is very different from that elsewhere, if you take into account the elevation of the city and the bowl that La Paz sits in. Here you will find friendly people, going about their normal activities, such as working, playing sports, studying, shopping, going out at night, praying, and much more. A few of La Paz’s attractions include:
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Daily Life in La Paz Map

Guide Name: Daily Life in La Paz
Guide Location: Bolivia » La Paz (See other walking tours in La Paz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: valery
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Plaza de Murillo
  • Iglesia de San Francisco in La Paz
  • Witches' Market
  • Mercado Negro
  • Biblioteca Municipal "Mariscal Andrés de Santa Cruz"
  • Coliseo Cerrado
Plaza de Murillo

1) Plaza de Murillo (must see)

The Plaza Murillo is a romantic, tranquil place to hang out for couples and locals that appreciate the beauty of the colonial architecture, which includes the Palacio Quemado and the Congreso Nacional. There are also several eating places around the plaza and even a theatre. From time to time, you may see exhibitions by local painters, and you meet a lot of native street sellers, shoe shiners, etc. There are always various older Bolivians here, relaxing and having their daily chit-chats.
Iglesia de San Francisco in La Paz

2) Iglesia de San Francisco in La Paz (must see)

This building has as its core - the original San Francisco Church - started in 1548, one year before La Paz was established. The church collapsed under a heavy snowfall in 1610 and was renovated in 1784. This church's Baroque frontage is a unification of local and Catholic art, and is abundantly ornamented with original figures, such as dragons and tropical birds. Several traditions and styles merge in the Plaza de San Francisco, which is opposite the church. A contemporary statue of rock columns and limestone in the square facade honors three large civilizations of Bolivia.
Witches' Market

3) Witches' Market (must see)

The Witches' Market is the most common gathering spot for all locals in La Paz. Situated on Calle Jiminez and Linares, locals go to the Witches' Market to get llama fetuses and dried frogs for Aymara ceremonies, and little soapstone sculptures and aphrodisiacs. Placed amidst the dynamic traveler's market, the Witches' Market displays its clients' herbs, folk medications and a diversity of unique items used to control the many spirits that occupy the Aymara world.
Mercado Negro

4) Mercado Negro (must see)

La Paz’s Mercado Negro is an extensive network of quirky market stalls, and there are a lot of black market goods sold here, along with everything else under the sun (it seems). It’s one of the most captivating Andean bazaars ever for the variety and the amount of goods sold. Entire streets are filled with household goods and garments. Each collection of things is placed in a certain area, so once you find the type of items you are looking for, you can just compare the items and prices. You can begin shopping at the crossroads of Calle Max Parede and Calle Graneros.
Biblioteca Municipal "Mariscal Andrés de Santa Cruz"

5) Biblioteca Municipal "Mariscal Andrés de Santa Cruz"

The Mariscal Andrés de Santa Cruz Public Library was founded in 1838. As a source of free public information, it constitutes a local first step to information, makes available the essential environment for life-long study, cultural growth and self-determining decisions made by individuals and social groups. They have the belief that this library is a living and strong center for learning, culture and knowledge, and that it is an important instrument for nurturing harmony and spiritual interests throughout the population.
Coliseo Cerrado

6) Coliseo Cerrado

The Coliseo Cerrado of La Paz is suitable for practicing volleyball and basketball, as well as dances, concerts and other shows. After a recent renovation, a synthetic floor was installed in both its main field and in the training area. It has boxes in the stands, a number of administrative offices, a cafeteria and various areas for other sports, some of which require little space. These include table tennis, chess, gymnastics, etc.

Walking Tours in La Paz, Bolivia

Create Your Own Walk in La Paz

Create Your Own Walk in La Paz

Creating your own self-guided walk in La Paz is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Self-Guided Tour

Museums Self-Guided Tour

La Paz has many great museums, of which Coca Museum is undoubtedly one of the main tourist attractions. Other museums are smaller, but well set-up and visitors can spend there many hours walking through the impressive display of Bolivian culture. The Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos has a large exhibit of antique textiles. Here are these and other museums in La Paz that you might like to...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Sightseeing Tour in La Paz

Sightseeing Tour in La Paz

There are a lot of things to see and do in this wonderful South American city. Various museums, churches and other impressive old and cultural tourist attractions, both restored and untouched, wait to be seen. You can stroll through restored colonial buildings, museums, an old cemetery, and much more. We will point out a few of the many attractions you may visit in La Paz.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Landmarks of La Paz

Landmarks of La Paz

La Paz has a large number of monuments, plaques, water fountains and busts distributed along the main streets of the city, roundabouts and squares. The figures in bronze, marble, stone or other materials, which are placed in plazas, avenues, streets and sometimes in the most improbable corners, can be viewed or photographed at anytime, despite the time of year. A few of the top landmarks of La Paz...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
La Paz Introduction Walk

La Paz Introduction Walk

Set amid the Andes over 3,500 m above sea level, La Paz is the most elevated capital in the world. Complementing the city's dramatic setting is the large number of historic, cultural and architectural attractions. This orientation walk comprises several landmarks dating back to the colonial era, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza Murillo, the city's unique Witches' Market,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Museums in San Sebastian

Museums in San Sebastian

La Paz offers tourists many cultural opportunities. This current tour is dedicated to museums in San Sebastian area of La Paz, located on small, charming streets, full of historic architecture, all within a pleasant walking distance:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
La Paz's Historic & Contemporary Buildings

La Paz's Historic & Contemporary Buildings

Contemporary skyscrapers and unique historic buildings are just an example of what one may discover on this walking tour of La Paz. Below is the list of some of the architectural jewels of the city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles