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.

6 Tiwanaku

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.

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