Things To Do in La Paz – La Paz is a stunning city, nestled among the Andes Mountains, and is the tallest capital city in the world. As Bolivia’s largest city, there’s a lot to do in La Paz: great museums, stunning mountain views, and the opportunity to get around by cable car instead of the boring public bus. Warm clothes are a must if you are planning a vacation to this city, even during the summer. You may also need some time to get used to the altitude before taking a tour here.
Hike Huayna Potosi
The First Things To Do in La Paz is Hike Huayna Potosi. Experienced hikers and hikers may want to try Huayna Potosi, but only for those who are used to the altitude. Located about 24 km (15 miles) from La Paz, it is the most popular spot for hiking in the area. A trip through the glacier is not recommended for beginners, although some beginners have done so. Mt. Potosi is 6,000 meters (nearly 20,000 feet) high. The climb is usually done for 3 days. The first day is used to prepare themselves and physically, then hikers usually leave around 3 am to start the ascent to the summit on the last day.
Visit the San Francisco Basilica (Things To Do in La Paz)
Construction of the church, dedicated to St. Francisco of Assisi, began construction in 1548. In 1610, heavy snow caused the church to collapse; more than 170 years passed before this church was rebuilt. This church is a cultural fusion of indigenous Bolivian and Catholic art. Its Baroque exterior is decorated with original symbols, including birds, snakes, and dragons. The interior has a small cedar chapel decorated with gold leaf. Beautiful views of La Paz can be seen from the roof of this historic church.
Take a walk on Calle Jaen
The Next Things To Do in La Paz is to take a walk in Calle Jaen. This place close to Plaza Murillo, is a cobblestone street considered the best colonial street in this city. The narrow street is lined with brightly colored houses built in the 16th century. Boutiques, cafes, and places of entertainment also color this street. Named after Bolivian revolutionary Apolinar Jaen, Calle Jaen is also home to some of La Paz’s most important museums, such as the Museum do Pre Metales Precioso; The Museo del Libral Boliviano, commemorating Bolivia’s defeated battle against Chile, and the Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas, which contains colorful artifacts from the history of La Paz.
Day trip to Tiwanaku (Things To Do in La Paz)
Located 72 km (44 mi) west of La Paz, near the southeastern shore of Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku was one of the most important precursors to the Inca Empire. It grew to urban proportions between the 7th and 9th centuries, becoming an important regional power in the southern Andes. At its peak, the city had between 15,000-30,000 inhabitants. Although only a small part of it has been studied, Tiwanaku represents the greatest megalithic architectural achievement in pre-Inca South America.
Ride Mi Teleferico
Travelers looking for other ways to get around La Paz might want to consider Mi Teleferico or My Cable Car. It’s a great way to enjoy the view of the city from above. This state-of-the-art cable car system opened in 2014 with three lines serving 10 stations; additional routes are also planned. When opened, it was the world’s longest aerial cable car system at 10 km (6.2 mi). The Red and Yellow Lines connect La Paz with nearby El Alto, a city that will take your time if reached by a regular car.
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Visit the Valle de la Luna (Things To Do in La Paz)
Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) is located just a few miles outside of La Paz. Not really a valley, but a stunning collection of gorges and towers reminiscent of a lunar landscape. The clay and sandstone here were formed by erosion over thousands of years. Because they are rich in mineral content, the rock formations present a colorful scene, from cream to deep purple. This moon valley has something that the real moon doesn’t have: cacti.
Cycling on Yungas Road
Dubbed “The Most Dangerous Road in the World” the Yungas Road stretches from La Paz to the Amazon rainforest region of Bolivia in the north of the country. From here, the road climbs for about 4,500 meters (15,000 feet) before descending about 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) into the town of Coroico. The road can prove dangerous for those traveling by car, but Yungas is still a favorite thing to do in La Paz, especially for mountain bikers.