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Sport and Recreation - Other Activity La Paz - Bolivia

They may not be a regular fixture at the world cup, but like most South America countries, Bolivia is loco about football. International fixtures, and matches with local teams Bolívar and Strongest, are held at the Hernando Siles stadium in Miraflores – see the local press for match schedules.

If you want to play football, there are some five-a-side pitches in the Parque Urbano Central ($6 an hour). There are also some smaller, concrete pitches ($1.50 per hour) on Avenida del Poeta, near the park.

There is a world class 18-hole golf course in Mallasilla, just past the Zona Sur in La Paz. For paintballing try Xpaint (Calle Ingavi near Calle Sanjines, Tel: 2-241-2163) or Adrenalina (

If you want to visit the gym, there are fitness centers all over the city where you can take a class or use the gym – try Gimnasio Energym (Av. Sanchez Lima, Tel: 2-242-1613) near Plaza Abaroa in Sopocachi. There are also lots of modern, well-equipped gyms in Zona Sur. Many of the upscale hotels with let you use their gym, spa and swimming pool for the day for a small fee. For massages and other pampering you could also try the Casa Luna (Calle Aspiazu 601, on corner with Calle Ecuador) or Blue La Paz (Av. Illampu 742, Hotel Las Brisas, Mezzanine office 1, Cel: 7959-4560), which offers hot stone massages, facials and other treatments. Casa del Sol (Calle Goitia 127, near Av. Arce, Tel: 2-244-0928) have regular yoga classes in the daytime and in the evening. They also put on other classes, such as Arabic dancing. For salsa classes, head to Hotel Torino (Calle Socabaya 457) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.30 p.m. You can sometimes find tango classes here too.

La Paz’s miradors are perfect places to go for a quiet afternoon walk and take in the scenery. The Mirador Montículo in Sopocachi has an attractive plaza, gardens and stunning views over the city. Mirador Killi Killi in Miraflores has good views of Mount Illimani and Miraflores – only go here in the daytime, as it gets unsafe later in the day, and it’s best not to go alone.

Mirador Laikakota, near the center, has good views and a children’s play area (children $0.15, adults $0.50). The adjoining Parque Urbano Cental has been recently remodelled, as is a great place to go for a stroll among the landscaped paths and wooden decking. There is also a new balcony bridge that runs from the top of the park, zigzagging down the hill – this is one of the best vistas in the city.

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Here are other activities in and around La Paz that may be of interest: San Pedro Prison,

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