"A little glimpse of La Paz" Top 5 Page for this destination La Paz by SirRichard

La Paz Travel Guide: 376 reviews and 879 photos

In any guidebook you can read that La Paz is the highest capital in the world (3632 m). But is hard to describe in a book the feeling of vibrant chaos, traffic, street stalls, noise, slopes up, slopes down, people everywhere... life itself!!

La Paz was a nice surprise in my recent trip to Peru...

In fact, I didn't have the intention of visiting La Paz. I just wanted to cross the border of Peru to visit Tiahuanaco ruins. But once there, I thought: hey, why not? is just 1 hour away, so I changed my plans and took the La Paz minibus (see pic), and spent there an afternoon and a night, leaving the next day in the morning to Copacabana, to the shores of Titicaca lake again.

Everywhere I walked by in this huge city I got the feeling of being in a giant open air market. It was like all the shops had taken all their stuff out and had every item in street stalls. There were markets everywhere: Black Market, Witchery market, Lanza market...

  • Last visit to La Paz: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Great page!

  • Jun 14, 2009 at 4:05 AM

    hey really nice pics, btw i am from La Paz Bolivia and this picture is absolutely amazing, you can get the feeling just looking at this pic. Hope you enjoyed your time in La Paz (though just one afternoon it was not enough).

  • el_ruso's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2005 at 8:24 PM

    great photos and well written, too. thanks for sharing your experiences!

  • chancay's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2005 at 7:20 AM

    did yo use a taxi with the wheel left and controls on the right?t hat is funny.Yes, really a bit scary , everywhere security...but it seems that it is not possible anymore without it...those policemen are sitting bored around whole day ;-) GREAT PAGE!

  • Jun 12, 2005 at 6:17 AM

    La Paz is among the places I want to visit sometime. Thanks for the info provided!


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