Embark on an exciting city tour of La Paz and all its sights and sounds, including Jaen Colonial street, museums, Plaza Murillo, the Witches Market and much more.
La Paz City Tour (B)
The city of contrasts, both topographically and culturally. Topographically, La Paz has an impressive setting and the view is staggering. It lies at the bottom of a huge canyon with triple-peaked snow-covered Illimani Mountain providing a dramatic backdrop. The multicultural and multiethnic contrast is also fascinating. In no other capital of Latin America are there such differences between their inhabitants; from indigenous women in traditional bowler hats and voluminous skirts, selling Andean crops on the sidewalks, to businessmen hurrying to their modern office buildings. La Paz also holds an important colonial port; Jaen Colonial street is one of the most preserved colonial streets home also to four small museums clustered together; the Precious Metals Museums houses impressively presented salon of pre- colonial silver, gold and copper works and pieces from Tiwanaku. The Murillo Museum, once home of Pedro Domingo Murillo, a leader in La Paz Revolution of July 16, 1809 against Spanish colony, displays a collection of colonial art, furniture and household items. In the colonial city center stands the Plaza Murillo, home of both the Presidential Palace and the Parliament building, around this square a fair number of colonial buildings still survive. Also in the colonial city center there is the Witches Market. Provides a fascinating window on the usually secretive world of Aymara mysticism and herbal medicine. The stalls here are heavily laden with a colorful cornucopia of ritual and medicinal items, ranging from herbal cures for minor ailments like rheumatism or stomach pain to incense, colored sweets, protective talismans and dried llama fetuses. These items are combined in packages known as mesas or "pagos" and burned or buried as offerings to placate the various tutelary spirits and magical beings that are believed to hold sway over all aspects of daily life. There's no clear border between the medicinal and magical. One of the most awesome things to do in Bolivia is certainly taking a ride in a Cable Car in La Paz. It is the world's first cable car used on a primary transport network rather than subways or trains. Situated La Paz in a deep valley, the topography is steep full of hills all over the city, the city itself in area-crowded and chaotic; so, soaring above in an eight-person cabin with panoramic and spectacular birding eye views of the sparkling city.