La Paz Travel Guide

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La Paz is the highest capital in the world, and probably the most scenic one. Lying huddled at the bottom of a huge canyon with the 6400m Illimani mountain as a backdrop.

From 3600 to 4100 meters high, it bustles with almost two million inhabitants. Lots of them still wear traditional dress. Just like folklore, food is everywhere: from salteƱa stands to fruit salad bars in the markets, to fancy french restaurants with low-low prices. A visit to the whiches market, the black market and an El Alto market should not be missed. there are a few pretty colonial streets and buildings and worthwhile musea.

La Paz asks for some adjustment. It's a really buzzy place and just walking around might be challenging because of the altitude, especially if you're arriving from low altitudes. Don't try to do too much on your first day, drink coca tea or chew it or try sorochi pills. If all that doesn't help, get to lower altitudes. The fastest option is Coroico, but you might not want to come back.

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February 21, 2007 change by joosts (2 points)

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