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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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