1 Fiesta del Gran Poder
La Paz’s biggest religious fiesta, during which thousands of extravagantly costumed Aymara dancers parade through the streets.
2 Plaza San Francisco
This lively square is the unofficial city centre for La Paz’s indigenous communities, and also home to the city’s most beautiful colonial church.
3 Calles Sagárnaga and Linares
La Paz’s “gringo alleys” are the best place to buy clothes, weavings, instruments and other handicrafts from all over Bolivia.
4 Mercado de Hechicería
This most colourful and compelling of La Paz’s innumerable street markets sells all manner of Aymara ritual paraphernalia and herbal cures.
5 Feria de Alasitas
In the last week of January the streets fill with colourful stalls selling miniature items that are bought and sold to bring prosperity.
Just an hour away from La Paz, the ancient ruined city of Tiwanaku is one of the most monumental and intriguing archeological sites in South America.