Latin America Travel & Tour Information
La Paz Travel Information
The city of Nuestra Señora de La Paz, shares the staus of capital city with Sucre (the Constitutional capital) but is no doubt the highest capital city in the world. Founded in 1548 under the perpetual eye of the snow-capped Illimani Mountain, it conjugates the past: museums, churches, culture; with the present: shops, services and hotels; all this harmonically expressed by its diverse architectural styles.
Here is some advice on places to visit to make sure you get to know the city's main sights: Murillo Square and the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Congress and Government Palaces; San Francisco, San Pedro and Santo Domingo churches; the National Arts Museum; the colonial Jaén Street; Murillo's House Museum; the Tiwanaku Museum; the Marina Núñez del Prado Museum; the colorful stall at the indigenous markets on Sagárnaga and Linares Streets and the Pre-Columbian Precious Metals Museum.
The 6,088m-high snow-capped Huayna Potosí Mountain, a part of the eastern Andes, rises a short distance to the north of La Paz. The town of Zongo is the start for the adventurous climb to go skiing, paragliding and to observe the glacier. Mountain biking fans will surely as if in paradise along this mountainous region's snaking routes. Why not attempt the 'World's most dangerous road' on a mountain bike guided by professional!
La Paz Department has a lot to offer during your stay, just to mention three of its attractions would be enough to cast a spell on any visitor: Lake Titicaca, the world´s highest navigable lake; the ruins at Tiwanaku; and Madidi National Park, a romantic affair with nature.
"The lake that wished to become a sea," such a poetic way to call Lake Titicaca, which harmonizes with the overwhelming experience of visiting and exploring it. Its water surface covers 8.500 km² (3.900 km² within Bolivia and 4.700 km² within neighboring Peru). At 3.900 meters high and one hour away from La Paz, the lake was the core of Andean civilization.
Copacabana by the lake shore, is a starting point to reach "El Calvario" and "Horca del Inca" lookouts for great vantage points over the lake. This city fuses pre-Columbian architecture and the legacy of the Spanish colonization; the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Candelaria constitutes one of the best examples. After exploring each one of its corners and absorbing the peaceful energy of the town, the trip continues sailing further down south to the Island of the Sun, flanked by magnificent hills. The picturesque town of Yunami will be your first stop and close by lie the ruins of Pilkokaina, the former Inca King's residence on the island. Further on, there is a millennium-old stone staircase, the Three Fountains, the traces of the Sun and the Sacred Rock.
Next visit is Tiwanaku further inland, capital of a culture that has existed and dominated for 27 centuries. Stunning constructionsn such as a Semi-subterranean Temple, Akapana's Pyramid, Kalasasaya, Kantatayita, Kerikala and Putuni are clear testimonies of what once existed, also living in the objects found there. Nothing rose out of the blue here, everything was planned and calculated down to the last detail, all the temples are astronomically oriented, every structure carved and painstakingly decorated.
Every step along Madidi National Park unveils new surprises. You may run into a 'yaguareté' (jaguar) swimming across the river, an exotic "tunqui" (a bright orange headed bird), boas, anacondas, dense bush with thousands of different plants. Due to the importance of the Park's natural heritage, it is regarded as one of the planet's largest ecological reserves.