Home‎ > ‎Bolivia‎ > ‎

La Paz travel pictures

Things to see in La Paz, Bolivia

The city of La Paz is a bit of an odd one. It is believed by many to be the capital, but officially it is Sucre. Still, it has the most government departments of the country and this is also politically the most influential city. It is the second largest as the most populous city of Bolivia is Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Still, for most people who visit Bolivia, La Paz is the city they fly either in or out (or both). The city is located at an altitude of roughly 3500 meter which varies considerably depending on your location, because the city is built on some high hills. If you fly into La Paz airport, which is located on a high point, you will immediately notice the altitude difference which does take some time to get used to. Combine this with some steep roads in downtown La Paz, you are likely to have to catch your breath regularly. The hills do provide a unique look and feel to this city.

La Paz has a nice old historical city center. It's central heart is Murrilo square where the Palace and the cathedral are located. This square tends for be full of life during the whole day. The area around it consists largely of colonial houses and other buildings which are typical for South America. Many of the streets here are low on traffic making them enjoyable to walk around. From here you can walk to the Avenue Mariscal which is a main traffic artery which runs through La Paz. Interesting is the San Francisco church which is located on this street and has a small, but attractive square located next to it. From there it is easy to follow the avenue and admire some of the impressive buildings and the many statues and monuments which can be found along the avenue. A small, but ancient sight to see are the ruins of Tiwanaku. These are located near the sports stadium and are some leftovers from ancient Bolivia. Although not very big and also not the most attractive area, they do give a first impression of the culture of the people that inhabited Bolivia long time ago.

The city of La Paz does not has a large number of known landmarks, but is remarkably enjoyable to walk around. Some of the big streets are noisy, but there are many smaller streets (often pedestrian only) with historical houses and other buildings. There are a few markets around town which provide a good opportunity to do some shopping. 

There are a few opportunities to get out of the city such as the mountains Chacaltaya  and Pico Austria. These are absolutely stunning and it is worth to spend a day seeing them. Alternatively there is the valley of the moon which is a moon-like landscape or take a bicycle ride along the world's most dangerous road.

La Paz has an airport which is located at a high altitude. Many will feel this because they are not acclimatized to the altitude as soon as they get of the plane and walk through the terminal. The alternative way of getting to this city is by bus and it is connected to other countries such as Peru. These are relatively comfortable. Most of the city can be explored on foot and most places are relatively close together. There is no metro system and public transportation is mostly buses. The temperature is comfortable throughout the year during the day with an average of around 25 degrees Celsius. However, at night this drops to roughly 5 degrees. The wettest months are November through March, but the rest of the year it is mostly dry.


La Paz travel photo gallery

 
Hills surrounding La Paz.

Hills on which the city is built.

 
Alley in a historical part of La Paz.

Alley in a historical part of the city.

 
Houses built on the hills.

Houses built on the hills.



The photo galleries of Bolivia contain pictures of: ChacaltayaLa PazPico AustriaSalar de UyuniUyuni and the Valley of the moon.


 
Pedestrianized in the old city.

Pedestrianized in the old city.

 
Historical city center of La Paz.

Historical city center.

 



Old houses against a background of residential areas on the hills.

Old houses against a background of residential areas on the hills.

 
Colonial architecture.

Colonial architecture.

 



The old town of La Paz.

The old town.

 
Amigos de la ciudad building.

Amigos de la ciudad building.

 



La Paz city theater.

City theater.

 
Genaro Sanjnes street.

Genaro Sanjnes street.

 



Museum of national ethnography and folklore.

Museum of national ethnography and folklore.

 
Santa Domingo church.

Santa Domingo church.

 
Government Palace of Bolivia.

Government Palace of Bolivia.

 



Plaza Murillo, La Paz.

Plaza Murillo.

 
Pedro Domingo Murillo monument.

Pedro Domingo Murillo monument.

 
La Paz metropolitan cathedral.

Metropolitan cathedral.

 



The cathedral on Plaza Murillo.

The cathedral on Plaza Murillo.

 
Front facade of La Paz cathedral.

Front facade of the cathedral.

 
San Francisco Church seen from Avenue Ismael Montes.

San Francisco Church seen from Avenue Ismael Montes.

 
View down  Avenue Ismael Montes.

View down Avenue Ismael Montes.

 
Old houses in La Paz.

Old houses.

 
Road leading to Plaza Alonzo de Mendoza.

Road leading to Plaza Alonzo de Mendoza.

 
San Francisco church and square.

San Francisco church and square.

 
San Francisco church.

San Francisco church.

 
Monument in a fountain.

Monument in a fountain.

 



Avenue 16 de Julio.

Avenue 16 de Julio.

 
Modern white church in La Paz.

Modern white church.

 



Statue of General Antonio José de Sucre.

Statue of General Antonio José de Sucre.

 
Monument in La Paz.

Monument.

 



San Pedro church, La Paz.

San Pedro church.

 
Tourist shop.

Bright colored tourist shop.

 
Shops in La Paz.

Shops in a narrow street.

 
A shop in an old building.

A shop in an old building.

 



An old shopping street.

An old shopping street.

 
Monument of Alonso de Mendoza and Mercado Lanza.

Monument of Alonso de Mendoza and Mercado Lanza.

 
Large white church in La Paz, Bolivia.

Large white church.

 
Modern church.

Modern church.

 



La Paz street scene.

Typical street scene with some colonial buildings.

 
Street crossing at Avenue Mariscal.

Street crossing at Avenue Mariscal.

 
Avenue Mariscal.

Avenue Mariscal.

 
Apartments built against the hills of La Paz.

Apartments built against the hills.

 
Legislative Palace of Bolivia in La Paz.

Legislative Palace of Bolivia.

 
Statue in front of an old house.

Statue in front of an old house.

 



Tiwanaku ruins.

Tiwanaku ruins.

 
Tiwanaku square.

Tiwanaku square.

 
Old statues of Tiwanaku, La Paz.

Old statues of Tiwanaku.

 
View of La Paz from Avenue del Ejército.

View of La Paz from Avenue del Ejército.

 
Statue.

Statue.

 
Statue in La Paz.

Statue.

 
Old building.

Old building.

 
Colonial architecture of Mercantil Santa Cruz building.

Colonial architecture of Mercantil Santa Cruz building.

 
Palace on the central square.

Palace on the central square.

 



Plaza Murillo and the cathedral.

Plaza Murillo and the cathedral.

 



The palace and the cathedral on Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia.

The palace and the cathedral on Plaza Murillo.

 
Historical building in need of some maintenance.

Historical building in need of some maintenance.

 
The old town of La Paz with the typical surrounding urban sprawl.

The old town with the typical surrounding urban sprawl.

 



National theater.

National theater.

 



Colorful building in the old town of La Paz.

Colorful building in the old town.

 
Merchant with large bags of food.

Merchant with large bags of food.


Internet sites with travel information about La Paz



Suggested photo albums on Mad Planet Earth

 
Images of the Valley of the moon (Valle de la Luna), an unique rock formation just outside of La Paz.

Photo gallery of La Paz, the capital of Bolivia with picture of the city hall, the cathedral and several sights across the city.
 
 
Picture gallery of Chacaltaya with views of the mountain, the path on the way up and some amazing views from the top.
 



Last update: 11/03/2014