In an irregular landscape, La Paz is a vibrant city, growing and expanding in all directions. With diverse cultures and social levels, La Paz is a city of contrast.
It is one of the most populated urban centers in Bolivia and, being located in the occidental part of the country, it borders Chile and Peru.
It is the most important center of the Aymara culture and main access to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.
In the surroundings are the ruins of Tiahuanaco, one of the main commercial and cultural centers of Pre Inca times. This legendary site preserves some monoliths, ceramics and constructions that were by some, the origin of the Incas.
The northern part of the department shows an amazing transition from the highlands to the Amazon. The contrast is really incredible since the highlands have a desert like scenery while the Amazon has many rivers, forests and warm lands where nature shows its generosity.
La Paz has about 1.5 million inhabitants. The main languages spoken in this area are Spanish and Aymara.
POPULATIONThere are about 790.000 inhabitants in La Paz city
La Paz has different climate environments according to each zone’s altitude.
While the center of town is at 3,650 meters above sea level, Aranjuez is at 3,300 m. El Alto (where the international airport is located) is at 4,082 m The average temperature in winter is 15ºC (59ºF) and 22ºC (72ºF) in summer. In summer, rain falls most afternoons, while during winter, days are slightly cooler, but the sky is mostly clear and sunny.
HOW TO GET THERE
La Paz has a major International airport. Local flights are available to most cities in the rest of Bolivia. By land there is also good transportation to most of the main Bolivian cities.
WHERE TO STAY
There is a variety of Hotels and Hostels, with a wide range in both price and quality.
WHAT TO BUY
La Paz offers a wide variety of Bolivian handcrafts, from woven sweaters, to fine textiles and the traditional small souvenirs.