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High up in the Andes, the earth suddenly falls away to reveal a huge, bowl-shaped canyon, with a city spread across its floor and clinging to the steep sides.

La Paz will quite literally take your breath away with its glorious location, overlooked by the snow-capped peak of Mount Illimani. It is a bustling and friendly place that is fascinating to wander around.

Aymara women dressed in voluminous skirts and bowler hats, with children swaddled in multi-coloured blankets tied on their backs, fill the cobbled streets with their market stalls; your purchases here could be anything from local handicrafts to coca leaves to mysterious potions from the Witches’ Market.

Adventures around La Paz

La Paz, BoliviaChacaltaya is a ramshackle lodge that proudly claims to be the world’s highest ski-’resort’. Perched on a clifftop at 5,600 metres, the breathtaking views include that of the regal Huayna Potosí. Skiing is not recommended here, but mounting a bicycle and descending over 3,000 metres in 55 kilometres into the subtropics certainly is.

This is just one of the several exhilarating downhill bike journeys that can be done from La Paz.

Another, that starts at the windy La Cumbre pass, ends several thrilling hours later in the warm, somnolent town of Coroico. Your journey (which can also be done by car) takes you through magnificent scenery: jagged mountains and frozen streams give way to the citrus groves and coffee plantations of the Yungas sub-tropical region.

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Suggested itineraries featuring La Paz

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in La Paz, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of La Paz

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    Places near La Paz

    Accommodation choices for La Paz

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit La Paz. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • La Casona, La Paz

      La Casona

      Medium

      A short distance away from the San Francisco cathedral, La Casona is in an excellent location for exploring the city of La Paz.

    • Hotel Europa, La Paz

      Hotel Europa

      Medium

      This hotel has 110 rooms that are both modern and charming, located conveniently in the heart of the commercial and financial centre of La Paz.

    • Standard room, Hotel Presidente, La Paz

      Hotel Presidente

      Medium

      Located in the heart of downtown La Paz, the El Presidente has large and well appointed rooms, plus restaurant, bar and pool.

    Ideas for experiencing La Paz

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting La Paz, and which use the best local guides.

    • The World's Most Dangerous Road , near La Paz

      Tour to Coroico

      La Paz

      A thrillingly panoramic trip that sees you descend from jagged mountain tops and iced streams to lush sub-tropical jungle complete with tropical birds and plants.

    • Tihuanaco Ruins

      Tiahuanaco Ruins Excursion

      La Paz

      Tiwanacu was, during its splendor period, the largest city in the World and it is considered to be "the Cradle of the American Civilizations".

    • Witches Market, La Paz

      La Paz City Tour

      La Paz

      On this tour you have the opportunity to visit sights as diverse as the Witches Market, where bowler-hatted local ladies sell everything from medicinal herbs to dried llama foetuses.