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

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: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: valery
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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.
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Witches' Market

2) 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.
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Iglesia de San Francisco in La Paz

3) 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.
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Biblioteca Municipal "Mariscal Andrés de Santa Cruz"

4) 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.
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Coliseo Cerrado

5) 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
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: 5.2 km
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
Walking Tour of La Paz's Historic & Contemporary Buildings

Walking Tour of 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
Top Shopping Locations in La Paz

Top Shopping Locations in La Paz

Shopping in La Paz is as easygoing as many other things that you may do in this historic city. Walk through the stalls, which are located in various areas of it, or visit the many shops in the heart of the city. On the paved streets of Calle Linares, Mercado de Las Brujas, or the Witches Market, you'll find Bolivian food, ethnic items, and many other things of interest. Don't miss the...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation 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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in La Paz for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best La Paz has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as La Paz, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.