La Paz

La Paz, officially known as Nuestra Señora de La Paz, is the administrative capital of Bolivia. La Paz is the highest capital of the world and is nicknamed as the ‘city that touches the sky’. This vibrant city is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bolivia.

Bolivia - La Paz

This city is full of some wonderful museums that are a constant reminder of its diverse past. The popular museums are Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas, Museo Nacional de Arqueología, National Art Museum and the Museo Del Litoral.

Amongst the most popular buildings in La Paz is the Presidential Palace, also known as Palacio Quemado/Burnt Palace because of the repeated episodes of fire in the past and the Cathedral (Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz). Another must see is Plaza Murillo/Casa de Pedro Domingo Murillo, house of martyr Pedro Domingo Murillo, that displays the colonial collection- furniture, textiles and art. Other attraction includes the architectural marvel of the stunning Baroque church- Iglesia de San Francisco and Iglesia de Santo Domingo.

There are many beautiful sites that are a must visit in La Paz. These include the ruins of the ancient city at Tiahuanaco; the coastal pilgrim town of Copacabana; wonderful hillside of Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) and the mesmerizing view of the world’s highest lake, Titikaka Lake.

Bolivia - La Paz

The trip to La Paz is incomplete unless you have climbed few of the towering peaks or went shopping at Mercado de las Brujas, also known as Mercado de Hechicería and Witch’s Market.

Subtropical highland climate of La Paz results in large diurnal temperature variation and a relatively dry climate. But due to its high altitude location it is consistently cool year-round.

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