"MERCADO DE HECHICERIA" La Paz Things to Do Tip by swesn

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The amazing Mercado de Hechiceria (or Witches' Market) located on both Calles Jimenez and Linares is the most interesting place to visit in La Paz.

This is a bizarre group of stalls selling all sorts of fascinating little charms which promise to improve your health, wealth, career, love life, protect you from demons, etc..., herbs, items used for praying and assorted rituals.

The most memorable item must be the llama foetuses... little dried-up blackish mini-sized llamas. This is considered to be good luck when moving house. You should bury it in the garden or under the foundation of the house to bring you prosperity. But do note that if you buy it, you might have some explaining to do at customs.

Do not miss this market as it is an important part of the Bolivian culture.

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  • Written Feb 8, 2008
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