La Paz is the administrative and political capital of Bolivia. It is among the fastest growing cities in Bolivia, the largest business hub and definitely the starting point to visit Bolivia. The city itself is full of touristic attractions, surrounded by mountains including the majestic Illimani. It’s geographic and urban settings allows easily orientation to the newcomer in town.
Geography, La Paz is located northwest of Bolivia with an area of 133,985 km2, its capital is the city of La Paz, the seat of the Central Government located at 3640 meters above sea level, its boundaries are: on the north by Pando, south to Oruro, on the east Beni and Cochabamba and west by the Republics of Peru and Chile.
It is located between 16° 30' 00 " south latitude and 68° 08' 00" west longitude of Greenwich. The department of La Paz has approximately 2.741.554 inhabitants (2012 census). It is divided into 20 provinces and 272 cantons.
The department of La Paz is divided into three geographic regions: the Andean highlands formed by the region of Lake Titicaca, Isla del Sol, Island of the Moon and the Suriki, is the wettest region of high Andean plan (650 mm. Of rainfall, annual average).
The sub-Andean zone, formed by the northeast flank of the Eastern Cordillera Real or down to the tropical plains of the north, the climate is humid and results in lush vegetation. This area is commonly known as the Yungas.
The Amazon area, adjacent to the departments of Beni and Pando, lush tropical vegetation that make this area a place for adventure tourism and ecological.
Climate, it is extreme mountain climate with throughout the year. The annual average is 6,3° C.
La Paz has an average annual rainfall of 512 mm, with January being the wettest month of the year. Rainfall is concentrated seasonally from December to April. On average, the warmest month is November while the coldest month is July.
Spring in the city is cold to cool with some rain. The spring season in La Paz goes from September 21 to December 21 with an average high of 20° C (59 F) and a low average of 1° C (33,8 ° F).
Given La Paz’s altitude and proximity to the equator, the temperature does not vary extremely between seasons but does vary greatly throughout the day. It is important to know that nights are cold and days are warm. Always carry a sweater since whenever night falls or rain comes it can get chilly. Typically May - August are colder months than the rest and October - January are the warmest.
Places to Visit
Tihuanacu ruins, considered the cradle of South American civilization, the remains of the civilization that inhabited this city more than 3000 years ago, we demonstrate its high technical and artistic level.
Moon Valley, located just 15 miles away from the city of La Paz, is a very unique landscape filled with rock formations that have been formed through thousands of years of erosion.
Andean Summits, from La Paz, you can discover stunning peaks and glaciers, the majority of more than 6,000 meters above sea level Illimani, Huayna Potosi, Condoriri Illampu Sajama... A few hours away, the Cordillera Real.
Los Yungas, wooded valleys and subtropical warm, situated between the mountains and the forest, close experience with nature in full.
Lake Titicaca, many legends surrounding this lake and contributes to their mystery. You can glide through its waters aboard a reed raft, surprisingly for its high strength and impermeability, or stroll through the islands of the Sun, Moon and Suriqui are unique experiences that will make you live emotions really amazing.
“Witches market”, also know as “Mercado de las Brujas”, found on Calle Santa Cruz and Linares, pretty close to San Francisco church. A very unusual market where you can find anything from local handcraft shops up to curious merchandise like herbs, folk remedies, as well as a few more unconventional ingredients intended to manipulate the various spirits worshipped by the local Aymará people.
Located in the heart of the city, named after Pedro Domingo Murillo (1759-1810), it is the cenetr of the political power over the years. Just by the square there is the Cathedral, Government Palace and the Congress.
Calle Jaen, one of the few places in the city with preserved colonial buildings, currently housing several interesting museums.
Other sites of interest
Museo Nacional de Arqueología
Permanent exhibition of valuable pieces of Tiwanaku , Chiripa , Mollo , Inka and eastern Bolivia cultures. This ( the oldest in the city of La Paz) repository maintains collections of Mons . Lndaburu and Cnl . Diez de Medina and recent excavations material . Address: No. 93 Tiwanacu between Bravo and Federico . Zuazo . Phone: 2441894 / Opening hours : Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm . and 15 to 19 pm. , Saturday from 10 to 12:30 hs . and 15 to 18 pm. , Sunday from 10 am to 13 pm.
Museo Nacional de Etnografía y Folklore
Ethnological , folk and ethnographic collections. It offers to the visitors a perspective of the Bolivian cultures through two rooms: living Uru - Chipaya and Cultural Convergence Tarabuco room . Archives and libraries are part of the most valuable sections of this repository. Address: Calle Ingavi 916 esq. Jenaro Sanjinés . Phone : 406140-406692 / Opening hours : Tuesday to Friday from 9-12 pm. and 15 to 19 pm. , Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 13 pm.
Museo de la Revolución Nacional
Photo exhibition of the events of the Revolution of April 52. Coffins of past presidents like German Busch , Gualberto Villarroel and Juan Jose Torrez . Murals with the theme of revolutionary struggle by painters Miguel Alandia Pantoja and Walter Solón Romero. Address: Plaza Villarroel, final Av Busch / Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:30 to 12:30 pm. and 15 to 19 pm., Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 12 pm.
Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos
Permanent exhibition of a private collection of costumes of peoples of the Andean region of the country. Address: Plaza Benito Juarez between Cuba and Guatemala . Phone: 280758 / Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:30 to 12:30 pm. and from 15 to 18:30 pm., Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 12 pm.
Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas
Traditional house , customs and historical events of the city of La Paz. Characters made of clay and scale models ( XVI to XX centuries). Address: Sucre Street esq. Jaen, Riosinho Park. Phone: 280758 / Opening hours : Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm . and 15 to 19 pm. , Saturday and Sunday 10 to 12:30 hs.
Museo Nacional de Arte Sacro de la Catedral
Seventeenth-century religious art . Permanent exhibition of paintings, pictures, vestments, silverware, vestments and furnishings of the Diocese of La Paz. Address: C. Socabaya No. 432. Phone: 203 236 / Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 to 12:30 pm. and 15 to 19 pm. , Saturday 10-12 hours.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Plaza
Located in a beautiful house of the nineteenth century, declared National Monument, now converted into a Museum of Art with paintings and sculptures by local and international artists. Av . July 16, El Prado. Phone: 335 905 / Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 9-21 pm.
Museo Nacional de Historia Natural
In natural sciences. Collections of paleontology, mineralogy, botany and zoology. Address: Cota Cota c. 26 University Campus. Phone: 795 364 / Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 8.30 to 16.30 pm.
Museo Tambo Quirquincha
Permanent display of photographs of La Paz and old colonial and republican silverware. Besides the Chola room, visitors will find masks, sculptures and paintings of the Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts "Pedro Domingo Murillo". Address: Evaristo Valle Street between Tiquina and Santa Cruz Plaza Alonzo de Mendoza. Phone: 390969 / Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. and 15 to 19 pm., Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 12.30.
Museo del Litoral Boliviano
Teaching the events of the Pacific War occurred in 1879. Rooms clothes, uniforms, weapons, photographs, maps, documents, pictures , flags and banners of the military conflict. Address: Calle Jaen No. 789. Phone: 280758 / Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. and 15 to 19 pm., Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 12.30.
Museo de la Coca
An unbiased and objective vision of the coca leaf. Photographs, texts and mannequins report their history, their crops, medical research on traditional uses and also about the problems that entails. Address: Calle Linares No. 906, near the corner Sagárnaga / Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11 to 18 hours.
A space dedicated to children . Workshops, games, music , theater and dance. Address: 100 Roosevelt (curve against former zoo). Phone: 280 658 - 280487. Box No. 1696 - La Paz, Bolivia. / Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 to 18.30 hs.
Museo Nacional de Arte
It is housed in an eighteenth century baroque style. In its rooms a collection of colonial art masterpieces ( Melchor Perez Holguin, Leonardo Flores and other painters of the La Paz school) is displayed, along with a series of angels and virgins Andean, colonial sculptures and furniture. In the halls of contemporary art are the most important artists of the twentieth century: Cecilio Guzmán de Rojas, Arturo Borda, painters of the generation of 52 and the most prominent of the current Bolivian plastic. It also has a select collection of Latin American art. Address: Calle Comercio esq. Socabaya, Plaza Murillo. Phone: 408 542 / Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. and 15 to 19 pm., Saturday and Sunday 10-13 hours.
Museo Casa de Murillo
Republican collections of colonial art, crafts, ethnography, furniture, objects and iconography of the last century presidents and Don Pedro Domingo Murillo exhibition. Address: Calle Jaen No. 790. Phone: 280758 / Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. and 15 to 18:30., Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 12:30 hs.
Museo Histórico Militar
It has an exhibition of relics, trophies, flags, uniforms, weapons War, Campaign Battle of Ingavi Confederation, Pacific War, Campaign Acrey Chaco War. Address: Army Military College. lrpavi. Phone: 795 863 / Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9-12 pm. and 15 to 18 hours.