Quick Tips: La Paz Travel Guide

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La Paz

A short and sweet La Paz Travel Guide


La Paz Overview

La Paz is a culturally rich Andean city with visible indigenous heritage and great food against a mountain backdrop that rivals the Himalayas nn

My Adventurous side says: Adrenaline rushes from treks, hikes, and death road mountain biking are plentiful. My Cultured side says: Indigenous Andean and Bolivian culture is rich and all around (unlike more European influenced parts of South America). My Flashpacker side says: This place is cheap and the travelers are a balance of cultured, dirtbagish, and fun

Go Here & See This…

  • Mirador Kili Kili: Incredible 360 view of La Paz and the amazing mountain backdrop
  • Sitting in Plaza Murillo: In places like this, just watching people and birds pass by is a wonderful and interesting experience

Eat Here

  • Gustu (super fancy): 19 course dining at a restaurant opened by a Norwegian chef. EPIC!!
  • Centre Commercial Lanza (local & tasty): A great place for juices and food, cheap, fresh, and delicious
  • Mercado Camacho (local & tasty): Great market with delicious palta salads, egg Sammy, and coca tea
  • Mercado Lanza (local & tasty): Another great palta sandwich
  • Rorigue Market & Cholitas (local & tasty):

Eat These

  • Saltenas (Empanadas): A cheap, delicious Bolivian snack available at small shops and street carts
  • Grilled Beef Hearts:u00a0A La Paz street food classic

Sleep Here

  • Wild Rover Hostel: Comfy beds and quiet sleeping space fit for a flashpacker, with the potential for partying not too far away

Awesome Experiences

  • Death Road Bike Tour by Mountain Bike
  • San Pedro Prison: Legendary stories and a tempting (but a little too sketchy) tour
  • Walking Tour: Any will do u2013 a great way to quickly experience La Pazu2019s real culture

Companies to Trust

  • Cruz Andina/Expediciones Sajama (travel agency): Provided a great experience on the Salar de Uyuni trek and delivered u201cSuper Mariou201d, or super hero of a driver/guide

Pro Flashpacker Tip

  • Take the Bolivia Hop bus to Copacabana, boat to Isla de Sol (for a hike), and finally to Cusco
  • Visit the swimming pool hostel near Coroica for a great lunch and atmosphere

HEADS UP!!!!

  • Border Crossing from Chile to Bolivia: There is a checklist of things to bring to the border crossing (yellow fever vaccination proof, passport photos, passport copies, crisp bills, etc.). We didnt have it but were lucky enough to get by with a $20 bribe, though I wouldn't try it again. Come prepared to the Bolivia -> Chile border crossing

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