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The highest capital city of the world, the City of La Paz is the administrative capital of Bolivia. The first glance of La Paz is definitely one that will take your breath away. The city is built in a canyon eroded by a river and you can see buildings clinging to the edges of the canyon with the rows descending downwards. Visitors should spend quality time in the city to enjoy the details and explore its many faces and they will also take some time to get adjusted to the high altitude of the city.

The first Masjid of the City of La Paz was built in the year 2006, Masjid As Salaam. The Muslim population in the city is small but you can always enquire with the locals about the Masjid and they will readily help you out. Visitors can enquire at the Masjid to find out about the availability of halal food too. If not then there are a few vegetarian Indian restaurants functioning in the city where you can relish different curries. Around the downtown area of the city, you can find several upscale restaurants.

The city has numerous museums and galleries that you can visit throughout your stay. The Plaza Murillo is the highlight of the city. Here you can see the government and legislative palaces including the Presidential Palace. The archaeological site of Tiwanaku is worth a visit. Here you can see the ancient pre-Inca constructions and also visit an on-site museum. The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Coca Museum are also good to visit. If you wish to learn about the local folklore, then visit the Folklore Museum.

The road from La Paz to the Amazon is considered to the most dangerous road in the world. It descends to around 3350 metres. For those looking for some thrill a ride along this road is highly recommended. Every corner of the delightful city of La Paz is worth seeing. There are numerous viewpoints in the city from where you can enjoy fabulous views. Some of these viewpoints include Mirador Killi Killi, Av. Camacho, Mirador Monticulo and the Parque Laikacota.

La Paz is one of the best places to shop in Bolivia. Whether you are contemplating buying souvenirs, leather goods, electronic items or any other thing, you can find it in the markets of La Paz. Usually the markets in La Paz are connected to one another creating a maze like atmosphere. The Mercado 16 de Julio is possibly the biggest market in La Paz where you can find everything ranging from food to electronics. The Witches Market is one of the most unusual places to visit in the city. Some of the must buy items include the hand painted wood carvings and hand knitted Alpaca wool goods. The Sagarnaga Street is where you can find several souvenir shops.

La Paz offers an excellent public transport system. You can either take a bus usually called as micros or you can opt for shared vans popularly called as mini buses. Shared taxis are also a common means of transport in the city. The best way to move around the city conveniently is to hire an individual taxi. You can also enjoy walking around some of the places.

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Bolivia Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: La Paz

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Santa Cruz de la Sierra

GEOGRAPHY

Bolivia is landlocked country situated in South America. With a total area of 1,098,580 square kilometres, Bolivia shares borders with Brazil, Paraguay, Argentin, Chile and Peru.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 10.9 Million. Muslims account for about 0.1% of the population.

CLIMATE

The climate of Bolivia vareis from region. Summers are generally warm while winters are very cold in the west, and it snows around the mountain ranges.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Spanish, Quechua and Aymara are the three official languages. English is widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT -4hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8 AM to 4 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM


HOLIDAYS

Independence Day: August 6th
May Day: May 1st
All Saints Day: November 1st
Christmas: December 25th
New Year's Day: January 1st

CURRENCY

Bolivian Boliviano

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 110
Medical: 118
Fire: 119

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