Get into the heart of La Paz with your experienced local guide who will take you around to the best highlights of the city and show you what real life is like for most Paceños (La Paz residents). Begin the day at Plaza Murillo with its beautiful architecture for a perfect introduction into Bolivia’s history and culture. Learn about the current social and political situation in Bolivia as we walk by Murillo Square with the Presidential Palace and House of Parliament. We will be stopping to sample a traditional mid-morning snack.
Next, we will visit the outside of San Pedro Prison from the book “Marching Powder” with your local guide who will explain why this prison is so famous and will also share a few strange bone-chilling stories about this infamous prison. After walking by the prison walls we will then head towards several local markets to learn about Bolivian staple foods and exotic fruit from the rainforest which you will get to taste.
Next, visit El Alto slums where you will be able to see firsthand the way of life of the majority of Bolivian citizens. Here your guide will take you the “Real” Witch Market where you will learn about the strange rites and rituals of witchcraft. Don’t feel shy about asking why on earth there are dried llama fetus hanging from every stall. You can also learn about the importance of the coca plant to Bolivian history as well as modern day uses of the plant from the production of coca tea to the illegal production and sale of cocaine in the region.
You will have an exciting return back to La Paz on a cable car; be sure to capture the views! We will be stopping by another market where you will have time to buy last minute souvenirs if you wish. Your exploration of La Paz will end upon our return to Plaza Murillo (around 12:30pm). We wish you safe travels onwards!
What to wear:
We recommend you to wear comfortable walking shoes as the streets in La Paz are rocky and sometimes unpaved. During rainy season they can become very slippery. Please avoid wearing sandals or flip flops for your safety. We also recommend you wear conservative clothing that does not call out for attention (avoid miniskirts/low-cut tops) as we will be walking in neighbourhoods rarely visited by tourists.