La Paz Holidays

La Paz is the busy, quirky centre of Bolivia. With a population of nearly a million people it sits precariously on the side of a canyon and cascades down to the bottom – possibly the world’s most perpendicular city! At 3,600 metres above sea level it is also one of the highest, with temperatures to match. This is a truly fascinating place but exploring it may sometimes require an extra layer of clothing.
The extraordinary topography has resulted in the recent installation of the world’s longest urban cable-car network, Mi Teleferico. This is one of the great city rides and a must-do on if you are spending any length of time in La Paz. The cable-car views of this spectacular place and the snow-capped, 6,400m Mount Illiman in the background are breath-taking.
In true Spanish colonial style the historical centre is the main square, the Plaza Murillo. Here you will find the massive cathedral, finally finished in 1987 after 150 years of construction and uniquely built on a steep hillside. Next door is the Presidential Palace and opposite stands the Congress Building. This in its time has been a convent, a jail and a university.
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There is a strong ethnic cultural presence in this atmospheric city. For first-hand experience of its intriguing history visit the museums on Calle Jaen, the city’s most renowned colonial street. The museums are close together and combine to provide a fantastic excursion into the past. You will find incredible collections of pre-Columbian silver, gold and copper artefacts, colonial furniture, art and domestic ware, fine ceramic figurines – and a comfortable cafe in which to relax and take it all in.  
If you enjoy markets, La Paz is the place for you. Even by South American standards market life here is extraordinary and a real highlight. At the heart of this bustling activity are Mercado Negro and Mercado de Heshiceria. Don't miss the Witches Market, run by witch doctors called yatiri, selling everything magical from talismans to powders and potions - and much more. In the centre of the city stands Mirador Laikakota, a high viewing point with an extensive children’s playground and a brilliant 360° view of La Paz. There is also a perfect view of Illimani.
The food here is wonderfully varied and truly ethnic. Try the street food along the guided tour of stalls run by women specially trained in the hygienic preparation of local varieties. Look out for this brilliant project, called Suma Phayata, and sample freshly cooked indigenous fare.
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