La Pazâ€™s lively streets and markets are an attraction in their own right â€“ 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 youâ€™ll find greenery, flowers and fountains.
The cityâ€™s historic centre, and most attractive colonial architecture, is east of here, as are many of the cityâ€™s museums. Some of the best include the collection of exhibitions on the cobbled colonial street of Calle JaÃ©n and the Museo de EtnografÃa and Folklore. The Museo de la Coca, in the main tourist area west of the Prado, explains Boliviaâ€™s historic spiritual link to the coca leaf.
The uncontrollable sprawl of La Pazâ€™s commercial markets climb west up the hills from El Prado, where youâ€™ll find women in traditional dress selling their wares. This is the area to really explore, and if youâ€™re lucky youâ€™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 cityâ€™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.