City Guide: La Paz
Get the inside track on Bolivia's high altitude capital La Paz with our first-hand city guide.
The world's highest capital fills a giant canyon in the valley of the Andes with chaotic and crowded streets, at a dizzying 3,660 metres above sea level. The snow-capped Illimani mountain provides an awe-inspiring and ever present backdrop to one of the most mis-appropriately named cities in the world - don't expect a lot of peace in La Paz. What you can expect though are brilliantly frenetic streets filled with sights, sounds and smells that will stay with you long after you leave. Once you have got your breath back, explore the Plaza Murillo, cathedral and San Francisco church in the very heart of the city, as well as colourful Jaén street and the weird and wonderful Witches Market. No visit would be complete without a trip on the world's longest and highest urban cable car, whilst just outside the city centre, the other-worldly Moon Valley makes for a convenient and surreal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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Our guide Andy was excellent and very helpful as well as our driver throughout our stay in Bolivia.
We have been impressed by the reception and assistance of your partners throughout the trip.
'All went well, so thanks very much! Guides were very good, especially Emiliano in Buenos Aires. In Bolivia, the guide and driver were really kind and gave us a great journey out.'
We have been superbly looked after by Hector: Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, he made our stay in Bolivia hugely enjoyable. We will recommend Veloso Tours to our friends.
For 4 weeks, we have been almost entirely at the mercy of the arrangements you put in place. We visited 7 different places and travelled 23,000 miles with never a worry and hardly a hitch.
We had a wonderful time in Bolivia and loved every experience. Thank you for arranging for Carlos Campuzano to guide us. We enjoyed his company enormously. We recommend Veloso to all our friends.
We had a most fantastic holiday. Guides were all very knowledgeable, they took us around interesting places, and took into consideration our age and fitness levels making each part enjoyable.
The bizarre Witches Market is an intriguing sight and one of the strangest markets in Latin America.
Glide over La Paz for a birds-eye view from the city's sophisticated public cable car system,
Just outside La Paz, this collection of sandstone spires and cacti create a unique landscape, easily explored on foot.
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Discover rural life, traditional boat building techniques and pre-Columbian heritage on a visit to Lake Tititcaca.
Visit the ancient pre-Inca ruins of Tiahuanaco near Lake Titicaca, among the oldest and most mysterious in the world.
Enjoy stunning views of this subtropical region and visit a thriving wildlife refuge on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest.
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