Supporters attend a rally in support of Bolivian President Juan Manuel Santos in La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, June 11, 2017.
La Paz is the capital city high in South America and has a unique location in the mountains of the Andes. It lies in a bowl - like a hollow, surrounded by high mountains and high altitudes and is laid out in a gorge of the Choqueyapu River. The city, located at an altitude of 2,500 meters above sea level and 1,000 meters below sea level, is located at the foot of a deep, wide gorge formed by the Cho QuyingapU River, and the center of this city is in the deep and wide gorges it creates.
La Paz is an important cultural center of Bolivia and houses several landmarks from the colonial era, such as the Bolivian National Museum, the National Palace and the Royal Palace. It is closely connected to political life in Bolivia and has always been the centre of events in LaPaz.
One of the best places to visit by cable car is El Alto with its beautiful views of La Paz and the mountains to the east.
El Alto is located near the borders with Peru and Bolivia and has long been an important trading port. With 2.3 million inhabitants, the conurbation of La Paz, el Alto and Viacha is the most populous urban area in Bolivia. With an area of 1.5 million square kilometers, LaPaz is the second largest city in the country and serves as the headquarters of numerous Bolivian companies and industries. LaPaz generates over 80% of Bolivian gross domestic product (GDP) and over 90% of its exports. It is home to the second largest number of people with a median income of more than $1,000 per capita and served as the headquarters for numerous Bolivian companies and industrial enterprises. In addition to being one of Latin America's largest urban centers, it is also the third largest in population and the fourth largest of all South American countries, accounting for the highest percentage of GDP of any major city on the continent, behind only Bolivia and Peru.
La Paz, with its 835,000 inhabitants, bears the name of the political and economic center of the Bolivian capital, but technically, the honor belongs to Sucre. LaPaz is considered the capital, although it is technically the official capital of Bolivia and hosts more government offices than any other city.
As the seat of government of Bolivia, La Paz is the seat of the Palacio Quemado, the presidential palace, and houses the Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Institute for Economic Research and Development (INE).
Tiwanaku is located further from the city center on Lake Titicaca and is a must-see when visiting La Paz. Located in the heart of the Bolivian National Park, just a few kilometers south of LaPaz, the complex was once the center of a large agricultural empire and was located at the intersection of two major rivers: the Tumba River and the Tiwanaki River.
When El Alto was officially recognized as a separate municipality of La Paz in 1986, it became the fastest growing city in the country, populated mainly by Aymara migrants from the surrounding Altiplano until its official annexation by the Bolivian government in 1990. When Bolivia's independence from Spain was finally secured in 1825, and Argentina's attack was seen as the beginning of the end of its colonial rule by Spain, LaPaz was already the largest city and capital of Bolivia with a population of more than 1.5 million people. The traders in La Paz became rich through the trade in coca and yungas from the mines in Potosi, but the city also flourished off the coast of Lima and Buenos Aires as a signpost for mines. Lapaz soon became an important commercial and commercial center in the area for which Bolivia was known since colonial times.
Before the independence of Bolivia, La Paz was a Spanish colonial power and also belonged to the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. Indian country in South America, Bolivia is the most Indian of all South American countries, but is not visited as often. You will experience the language (mainly Quechua) and the culture and customs up close.
Although Bolivia and La Paz are small and modest countries, they have a tremendous attraction and it must be a must to travel to LaPaz to spend a few nights here. The beauty of Lake Titicaca, which is part of the border between Peru and Bolivia, is absolutely incredible. While you can visit it in Peru, you will enjoy it here in Bolivia, as it is the largest lake in South America.
For logistical reasons, our Bolivia trip included at least one night in La Paz, but we would recommend you stay longer than you might be able to. If you can't see and do everything, the city is the place to explore the rest of Bolivia and chill out right away. Plaza Murillo is a great starting point as it is always full of locals and tourists while offering a good view of Lake Titicaca and some other attractions. Before you book your tour in Bolivia, we recommend you use the search and comparison platform findlocaltrip.com for tours in South America.