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La Paz
Travel Planning
La Paz

La Paz at a Glance

With its lowest elevation at 10,170 feet, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. Get used to the altitude by moving slowly at first and taking things one at a time. Fortunately, this bustling city does have its relaxing pleasures. Sit in a trendy cafe buzzing with activity and enjoy a slow cup of coffee with a view of the towering Mount Illimani. Visit a busy market to peruse fruit, vegetables, textiles and handicrafts. Once you've gotten the lay of the land, come back for purchases of your favorite items. 

 La Paz clings to cliff sides and some areas of the city can be quite striking and photogenic. Take the city at a slow walk and enjoy the tumbling flowers and houses that defy gravity. Museum visits and a taste of local cuisine will help you understand the culture and the lifestyle of the Bolivians who live here. 

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High Season
May - October
Low Season
November - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport El Alto International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists must apply for a tourist visa in order to visit Bolivia. They must also have a valid passport and an international certificate of vaccination. For more information, travelers of all nationalities should contact the Bolivian Consulate. American citizens can learn more about requirements by visiting the U.S State Department's website. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Plaza Antofagasta Terminal de Buses
      • Light Rail / Rapid Transit La Paz Teleferico
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Summer in Bolivia runs from January to May and can be miserably wet, muddy and mosquito filled. Higher elevations like La Paz can have extreme heat during the day and freezing temperatures at night. It is important to bring the proper clothes for your trip. 

      Safety Concerns Scammers are on the lookout for tourists in La Paz. Fake police, fake tourist police and fake helpful locals are some angles people use to scam tourists. While in La Paz, avoid areas where strikes are occuring, especially transportation strikes. Tempers can run high and violence could erupt. 

      Health Concerns Tourists are required to carry an international certificate of vaccination, so it is wise to contact your doctor about vaccines and the certificate at least two months before your trip.You will need a Yellow Fever vaccine and malaria pills. Boil or otherwise purify your water before drinking it.