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Originally founded with the name of La Villa de Nuestra Señora de La Paz (honoring the Catholic Virgen del Carmen), or La Paz (After the "Paz- (castellian language) " or "Peace Agreement ", was signed), which took place in October 20th 1548, after a battle amongs spaniards was settled ) 38 kilometres away from the "valley" where the actual city seats now in the small village of "Laja" nowadays a forgotten place in the middle of the high plateau. The reasons of it's original location change have to do with gold nuggets existing inside the river (Choqueyapu) this river runs today under the central areas of this city. This valley was formerly called "Chuquiago" by the older Aymaras who used to live here, many relate the name "Chuquiago Marka" to this story but the fact is that "Marka" just means "The place". La Paz is the administrative capital of Bolivia as well as the capital of the La Paz Department. Bearing the Government, Representatives and Congress House, it is also where most of the Political and Legal powers are kept. It is the world's highest administrative capital city of the world at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,811 feet). It's unique topography and narrow streets make your visit an unforgettable experience, this city features about 7 viewers located in different spots, each of them give you a complete different sight wich gives you the impression of looking into another city each time. The official capital of Bolivia though, is Sucre as the nation was founded on August 6 1825 after Simon Bolivar declared this new nation his "favorite" reason why the actual country's name (Bolivar-Bolivia) Because Mcal. Antonio Jose de Sucre fought frantically for this part of South America, his name was given to the first official Capital city of this "new nation" Sucre.
Today La Paz has over 1.5 million people, not to mention the population of "El Alto de la Paz" the youngest Bolivian city recently founded in March 6th 1985 which has about a million more! This city used to be another "Neighbourhood" of La Paz city but after they overpassed half of million inhabitants it, was given a "City title" This is where the airport locates and if you arrive into La Paz, by road the first city you see.
Owing to the high altitude, the temperature is consistently cool in La Paz. The temperature doesn't vary a great deal during the year, with an average daily maximum of roughly 18 °C and an absolute high of 27 °C in September. Average minimum temperatures vary somewhat more due to the fact that the drier and sunnier April to October period causes colder nights, just above zero (record is -3 °C), as opposed to around 6 °C from November to March. The city has a dry climate, with most rain falling from November to March. Average annual precipitation is just over 500 mm.
El Alto International Airport (LPD) functions as the main gateway for La Paz. Airlines flying to La Paz include LAN Peru (Lima, Iquique, Santiago de Chile), Aerosur to Cobija, Cochabamba, Cusco, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Sucre, Tarija, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza and Sao Paulo-Guarulhos and TACA Peru to Lima.
TAM (not to be confused with Brazilian TAM Airlines), Aerocon and Amaszonas have other flights to domestic destinations.
|Arthy's Guesthouse||Avenida Montes No 693||GUESTHOUSE||83|
|Central Guest House||Calle Obispo Cardenas 1451||Guesthouse||-|
|Copacabana Hotel||Av. 16 de Julio No 1802 (El Prado)||HOTEL||-|
|Cruz de los Andes||216 Calle Aroma||Guesthouse||83|
|HI-Onkel.Inn 1886||Calle Colombia Galeria Colonial||Hostel||79|
|Hostal Provenzal||Calle Murillo #1014 esq. Tarija||Guesthouse||80|
|Hostal Republica||Comerico 1455 entre Loayza y Bueno 10253||Guesthouse||79|
|Hotel El Dorado||Av.Villazon S/N Casilla 77||HOTEL||82|
|Hotel Fuentes||Calle Linares # 888 entre Sagarnaga y Santa Cruz||Hotel||77|
|Hotel LP Columbus||Av. Illimani esq. Plaza del Stadium No 1990||Hotel||83|
|Loki Backpackers La Paz||Calle Loayza 420 Zone Central, La Paz||Hostel||80|
|Los Balcones Blancos||Nicolás Acosta 477. San Pedro||Guesthouse||78|
|The Adventure Brew Hostel||Av. Montes 503||HOSTEL||81|
|Wild Rover Backpackers||Calle Comercio1476,||Hostel||85|
|Hotel Select Comfort***||Calle Jose Maria Serrano # 17||Hotel||-|
|Avenida Hotel||Av. Montes nº 690 esq. Bozo||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Naira||Calle Sagarnaga No 161||GUESTHOUSE||83|
|Hotel Milton||Calle Illampu esquina Calderón No. 1126-1130||Hotel||86|
|Panamerican Hotel||Calle Mexico # 1555||Hotel||-|
|Estrella Andina||Illampu #716||Hostel||86|
|Morro Hostel||Munoz Cornejo 2707/2708 Sopocachi||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Las Brisas||743 Illampu Street Zona Rosario||Hotel||82|
|Residencial Latino||Junin no 857||HOSTEL||82|
|Eva Palace Hotel||Calle Sagarnaga nº 173||Hotel||-|
|La Torre GuestHouse||Calle 13 st. and 14 de Septiembre Ave. Obrajes||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Sol Andino||Aroma St #6||HOTEL||81|
|Bacoo Hostel||Alto de la alianza 693||Hostel||79|
|Bash and Crash Hostel||Ingavi street No 681||HOSTEL||75|
|Hotel La Paz||Avenida Sucre N°1081 - La Paz - Bolivia||HOTEL||-|
|The Adventure Brew B&B||Av. Montes 533||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Savoy||Calle Chuquisaca No. 675 Zona San Sebastian||HOTEL||-|
|Pirwa Hostel La Paz||Av. Montes 641 Two blocks of bus terminal||HOSTEL||80|
|La Colina B&B||Alto Auquisamana Calle Jazmines No. 17||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Isidoros||Calle Cobija Nro. 120||GUESTHOUSE||78|
|Camino Real Hotel||Av. Ballivian No 369||HOTEL||-|
|Boutique Eco Resort & Spa "Allkamari"||VALLE DE LAS ANIMAS S/N||Hotel||-|
|Lion Palace||Calle Linares 1017||HOSTEL||78|
|Hotel Sajama||Illampu 775 El Rosario||Hotel||-|
|Casa Fusion Hotel Boutique||Calle Miguel de Cervantes, 2725 (Sopocachi)||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Berlina||Av. Illampu 761||HOTEL||-|
|Cozy House in Miraflores||Av. Simon Bolivar, Pasaje 1880, Nº 1785 Miraflores||APARTMENT||-|
|Los Pinos Bed and Breakfast||Calle 27C, Los Alamos #55Los PinosLa Paz, Boli||GUESTHOUSE||-|
There are internet cafés practically everywhere, they typically cost about 3Bs/hour, or about $0.50 per hour. Wifi is not as common as in many other Latin American countries, but more and more places offer it now, either free (sometimes for a limited amount of time) or at a cost. Avoid using your cellphone (with your home SIM card) when there is no wifi, as that's extremely expensive.
See also International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Bolivia is: 591. To make an international call from Bolivia, the code is: 0010. Emergency numbers include 110 (police), 118 (ambulance) and 119 (fire). Note that 911 forwards to the police (110).
Bolivia has three cellphone companies, Entel, Tigo, and Viva. If you are staying for a while, consider buying SIM cards for your cellphone. They are quite cheap and you get good network coverage in all main cities and towns. Entel sells good-priced international call possibilities for their SIMs. For example, you can buy 10 minutes for Bs20 (to be used in one day, disconnects automatically after expiration). You will need to register the SIM card at a local office of the telecom. You will need a photocopy of your passport and the mobile phone that you will use.
Practically every single town in Bolivia has an Entel office (almost always located in the main plaza). From here, you can make local, long-distance, and international calls. It's actually much more economical to make your international calls from an Entel office than to use an international calling card. To make local calls from a public phone, you need a phone card. You can buy them at any Entel office or any kiosk on the street. The average local call costs about Bs2 for 3 minutes.
Correos Bolivia is the national postal service of the country. It offers a wide range of services at very reasonable prices. Services, speed and reliability are not up to the level it should be though and it can take several weeks for a simple card to arrive in Europe or North America. Most post offices in Bolivia are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 8:00pm, Saturday from 8:30am to 6:00pm, and Sunday from 9:00am to noon. It costs Bs5 to mail a letter to the United States, Bs7 to Australia, and Bs6 to Europe. From time to time, you can buy stamps at kiosks and newspaper stands. There are no public mailboxes, so you'll have to mail your letter from the post office. If you want to send packages overseas it's best to use an international courier company like DHL, TNT, FedEx or UPS, as they offer fast and reliable services at competitive prices.
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Ask goodmike a question about La Paz
Most of the time for the last 8 moths I have lived in this chaotic yet wonderful city, I have lots of friends from la paz who have taken me merely everywhere, as I am a very adventurous traveler!so if you wanna know more about La Paz, fell free to ask I will be pleased to help!
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