La Paz Sights

Heading into La Paz from the airport, the city’s main thoroughfare changes names several times: Avenida Ismael Montes, Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, El Prado, Avenida 16 de Julio, and Avenida Villazón. The street, a colorful blur of trees, flowers, and monuments, is often clogged with pedestrians and vendors, especially on weekends. On Sunday it’s blocked off to traffic completely. At the end

of the Prado, the street splits into Avenida 6 de Agosto and Avenida Arce, which lead to the residential areas of San Jorge and Sopocachi, where many of La Paz’s bars and restaurants are located. Continue down the hill on 6 de Agosto and you will eventually reach Obrajes and the Zona Sur.

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Iglesia de San Francisco

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Considered one of the finest examples of Spanish-colonial architecture in South America, the carved facade of the Church of San Francisco...

Mercado Negro

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Near the intersection of Calle Max Paredes and Calle Graneros, the streets are filled with peddlers hawking clothing, handcrafts, and...

Mercado de las Brujas

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On Calle Linares, just off bustling Calle Sagárnaga, you'll find the Witches' Market, where indigenous women in tall bowler hats sell...

Museo Nacional de Arte

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The 18th-century palace that houses this museum is almost worth the visit alone, with three floors overlooking a central stone patio...

Museo Nacional de Etnografía y Folklore

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Not to be missed, the excellent National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, popularly known simply as MUSEF, provides the most complete...

Museo de Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia

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This museum, founded by local musician Ernesto Cavour, is the most complete collection of musical instruments in the nation; if you think...

Palacio de Gobierno

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The imposing Presidential Palace was guarded by tanks and machine gun-toting soldiers until 1982, when the constitutional government...

Teatro Municipal

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A handsome building both inside and out as a result of an extensive restoration, the Municipal Theater regularly stages traditional dance...