La Paz in one word? Eclectic.
From dried lama fetuses at the witch market to a puzzle-piece metal Che Guevera statue, La Paz screams eclectic. Check out Calle Jean for old-style colonial architecture and some of the best Andean folk music. Save room for dessert as the famous Bolivian sweet tooth rears its delicious head with jello-like confections topped with whipped cream on every street corner and Coca Cola accompanying every meal.
La Paz is the world's highest city sitting at 3500 m above sea level and the altitude is not for the faint of heart. Keep an eye out for the bulge of Coca leaves in the cheeks of locals, it's said to help cope with the altitude.
Bolivia's capital has a reputation for being a tad sketch, but a little common sense goes a long way. The street life is hectic with vendors, traffic, and people wandering as one. It takes a while to understand, but there is a method to this madness. Once you realize that each street is known for a particular good, life becomes breezier. Buses essentially make up their own routes as they go, those in the know take taxis as their transport of choice. Their affordability makes them the best option! We recommend staying in a condo, but if you're looking to splash out a little, the wealthier neighbourhoods catch the best weather just below the city.
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