5 Things to do in La Paz
La Paz in Bolivia is a fascinating place to visit and there are so many things to do and see that you will wonder where to start. Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for!
This article will provide you with five of the top things to do in the highest administrative capital in the world. There are so many, it was hard to narrow these choices down to just five!
5-Take a walking tour and/or cable car tour of the city
Many companies offer walking tours and these are usually advertised as free even though they require a nominal fee of twenty Bolivianos plus tips. The tour by HP is the best in my opinion and extremely informative. The history of La Paz is mind-blowing and they will entertain you with stories of a volatile political picture. A visit to San Pedro Plaza is a must to see the infamous prison; you can even meet crazy Dave at the Plaza each day at 1pm. Crazy Dave spent 16 years in San Pedro prison and tells his life story to tourists daily.
The cable car tour is also extremely informative and you will see the city from the sky, viewing it’s distinct neighbourhoods, unusual cemetery quarters, and snow capped mountains all around. This is a truly unforgettable tour.
4-Eat at Gustu Restaurant
This is definitely an experience to remember. Gustu is the Quechuan word for flavour and this restaurant certainly delivers what it promises. You will eat an interesting array of local foods from surrounding areas of Bolivia. From condor eggs, to aligator, to whole baby crabs, chilli coated larva, and the inside of palm tree. This is an explosion of flavour and texture and something I would highly recommend. It isn’t cheap but it is probably the least expensive place in the world to taste such an exciting fifteen course experimental fine dining menu.
3-Visit the Chacaltaya mountain and Valle De La Luna
This is a relaxed and inexpensive day trip from La Paz. Chacaltaya is the highest ski resort in the world. Summer glacier skiing was possible until 2009 when the glacier melted away. The summit is just over 5300m and the views are incredible, even in heavy snow. The trek is easy as the tour companies drive you most of the way there and then you just hike to the top.
Valle De La Luna (The Moon Valley) is the other half of the day trip and you will travel south of La Paz to this out-of-this-world landscape which truly looks like the surface of the moon. Millions of years of weather erosion and climate change have created moon-like structures and they are well worth an hour’s exploration.
2-Climb Huayna Potosi Mountain
Huayna Potosi is known as one of the easiest 6000m+ mountain climbs in the world. Although I wouldn’t describe it as easy, it is definitely achievable even if you have little to no experience in the mountains. A good level of fitness is needed and definitely some time acclimatising to the high altitude as this is likely going to cause you problems otherwise. The hike is tough but so rewarding when you reach the summit for a spectacular sunrise. Check out this link https://www.backpackandbushcraft.com/climbing-Huayna-potosi for a blow by blow account of the experience.
1-Cycle Death Road – the most dangerous road in the world
Yes, I would say it is as scary as it sounds but it is also a great way to spend a day taking in scenery ranging from snow capped mountains to warm green jungle as you descend thousands of metres by bike. One warning; however, is to check the companies out very carefully. Many tour operators offer this activity but some have very poor equipment and safety records. From experience, I strongly recommend Gravity. Check out the reasons why here https://www.backpackandbushcraft.com/cycling-death-road-with-gravity
and find out how it felt here https://www.backpackandbushcraft.com/cycling-death-road
There are so many other great things to do in La Paz so I absolutely suggest you make time to visit.