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La Paz’s lively streets and markets are an attraction in their own right – spend a while wandering around soaking up the unique atmosphere, starting in the main thoroughfare El Prado (which starts off as Av. 16 de Julio, then becomes, Av. Mariscal Santa Cruz, then Av. Montes) where you’ll find greenery, flowers and fountains.

The city’s historic centre, and most attractive colonial architecture, is east of here, as are many of the city’s museums. Some of the best include the collection of exhibitions on the cobbled colonial street of Calle Jaén and the Museo de Etnografía and Folklore. The Museo de la Coca, in the main tourist area west of the Prado, explains Bolivia’s historic spiritual link to the coca leaf.

The uncontrollable sprawl of La Paz’s commercial markets climb west up the hills from El Prado, where you’ll find women in traditional dress selling their wares. This is the area to really explore, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of the majestic Mount Illimani, jumping out from behind a building. If views are your thing, head out to one of the city’s miradors to get a proper glimpse of this fascinating city. Around La Paz, there are the ruins of Tiwanaku, and hiking and biking opportunities abound in the surrounding hills and valleys.










16 Mar 2010

 
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Museo de la Coca

This museum documents the history of the coca plant, largely in Bolivia, from ancient times through to the present day. The displays are mainly...

Museum
La Paz, Bolivia

Mercado Sopocachi

Olives, wine and a good selection of cheeses can be found in this covered market, alongside filleted fish, chickens and every part of meat that...

Market
La Paz, Bolivia

Cine Teatro Municipal 6 de Agosto

The Cine Teatro Municipal 6 de Agosto reopened its doors in September 2008 after a complete refurbishment. Here you can catch monthly film festivals...

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La Paz, Bolivia

Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos

Wonderful exhibit!! Lovely house. Incredible experience. I just loved all the weavings and colors, and specially all the...

Museum
La Paz, Bolivia

Circuito de Museos Municipales Calle Jaen

On the prettiest street in La Paz you’ll find a collection of the city’s most attractive museums, jointly known as the Circuito de Museos...

Museum
La Paz, Bolivia

Museo de Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia

Another museum on the picturesque colonial street of Calle Jaen, this private collection exhibits musical instruments from across Bolivia on the...

Museum
La Paz, Bolivia

Museo al Aire Libre

In the middle of the large roundabout in front of the stadium in the residencial district of Miraflores, you’ll find the so called ‘Museo...

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La Paz, Bolivia

Museo San Francisco

The Convento San Francisco was founded in 1548, under the name of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles. The city of La Paz was founded in October of the...

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La Paz, Bolivia

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo ‘Plaza’

Housed in one of the most beautiful buildings on the Prado, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo is a private art museum displaying work by Bolivian and...

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La Paz, Bolivia

Museo Nacional de Arqueologiá

The Museo Nacional de Arqueologiá displays artifacts from the Tiwanaku and other pre-Columbian cultures. There’s a description of the process of...

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La Paz, Bolivia

Museo de Textiles Andinos

A great little private museum found in the residential zone of Miraflores, El Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos exhibits weavings and textiles...

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La Paz, Bolivia

Museo de la Revolución

This small museum is dedicated to the Bolivian revolution of 1952. There are pictures from pre-revolution Bolivia and the Chaco War and a detailed...

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La Paz, Bolivia

Museo Tambo Quirquincho

Just up from Plaza San Francisco, on Calle Evaristo Valle, is the Museo Tambo Quirquincho. This beautifully restored...

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La Paz, Bolivia

Museo Nacional de Arte

The Museo Nacional de Arte is housed in a former 18th century palace, the Palacio de Los Condes de Arana. The baroque...

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La Paz, Bolivia

Peñas

For cultural entertainment, try one of La Paz’s peñas. These offer a show of folkloric dancing, live music and dinner, starting in the early...

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La Paz, Bolivia
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