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Introduction

La Paz

La Paz

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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.

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Sights and Activities

  • Valle de La Luna - Address: Valle de Mallasa Nuestra Señora de La Paz

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Weather

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.

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Getting There

By Plane

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.

By Bus

Buses connect Bolivian cities and also Santiago, Chile and Lima, Peru.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Arthy's GuesthouseAvenida Montes No 693GUESTHOUSE87
Central Guest HouseCalle Obispo Cardenas 1451Guesthouse-
Copacabana HotelAv. 16 de Julio No 1802 (El Prado)HOTEL-
Cruz de los Andes216 Calle AromaGuesthouse84
HI-Onkel.Inn 1886Calle Colombia Galeria ColonialHostel81
Hostal ProvenzalCalle Murillo #1014 esq. TarijaGuesthouse81
Hostal RepublicaComerico 1455 entre Loayza y Bueno 10253Guesthouse83
Hotel El DoradoAv.Villazon S/N Casilla 77HOTEL82
Hotel FuentesCalle Linares # 888 entre Sagarnaga y Santa CruzHotel82
Hotel LP ColumbusAv. Illimani esq. Plaza del Stadium No 1990Hotel82
Loki Backpackers La PazCalle Loayza 420 Zone Central, La PazHostel76
Los Balcones BlancosNicolás Acosta 477. San PedroGuesthouse78
The Adventure Brew HostelAv. Montes 503HOSTEL80
Wild Rover BackpackersCalle Comercio1476,Hostel82
Hotel Select Comfort***Calle Jose Maria Serrano # 17Hotel-
Avenida HotelAv. Montes nº 690 esq. BozoGuesthouse-
Hotel OberlandMallasaHotel-
Hostal NairaCalle Sagarnaga No 161GUESTHOUSE85
Hotel MiltonCalle Illampu esquina Calderón No. 1126-1130Hotel86
Panamerican HotelCalle Mexico # 1555Hotel-
Estrella AndinaIllampu #716Hostel86
Morro HostelMunoz Cornejo 2707/2708 SopocachiHostel-
Hotel Las Brisas743 Illampu Street Zona RosarioHotel83
Residencial LatinoJunin no 857HOSTEL83
Eva Palace HotelCalle Sagarnaga nº 173Hotel-
La Torre GuestHouseCalle 13 st. and 14 de Septiembre Ave. ObrajesGuesthouse-
Hostal Sol AndinoAroma St #6HOTEL83
Bacoo HostelAlto de la alianza 693Hostel82
Bash and Crash HostelIngavi street No 681HOSTEL79
Hotel La PazAvenida Sucre N°1081 - La Paz - BoliviaHOTEL-
The Adventure Brew B&BAv. Montes 533GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel SavoyCalle Chuquisaca No. 675 Zona San SebastianHOTEL-
Pirwa Hostel La PazAv. Montes 641 Two blocks of bus terminalHOSTEL81
La Colina B&BAlto Auquisamana Calle Jazmines No. 17GUESTHOUSE-
Hostal IsidorosCalle Cobija Nro. 120GUESTHOUSE81
Camino Real HotelAv. Ballivian No 369HOTEL-
Boutique Eco Resort & Spa "Allkamari"VALLE DE LAS ANIMAS S/NHotel-
Lion PalaceCalle Linares 1017HOSTEL80
Hotel SajamaIllampu 775 El RosarioHotel-
Casa Fusion Hotel BoutiqueCalle Miguel de Cervantes, 2725 (Sopocachi)HOTEL-
Hotel BerlinaAv. Illampu 761HOTEL-
Cozy House in MirafloresAv. Simon Bolivar, Pasaje 1880, Nº 1785 MirafloresAPARTMENT-
Los Pinos Bed and BreakfastCalle 27C, Los Alamos #55Los PinosLa Paz, BoliGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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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Quick Facts

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Population
1.502000
Area
470 sq. km
Coordinates
  • Latitude: -16.49901
  • Longitude: -68.146248

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    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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