Best Things to Do in La Paz, Bolivia

Checklist for the best things to see and do in La Paz, Bolivia

View of Saint Francis Square from Hotel Presidente in La Paz, Bolivia

If you’re planning a trip to Bolivia, you’ll most likely start in La Paz, especially if you’re coming directly from the United States. If not, you’ll probably end up there at some point — maybe on your way back from Sucre or on the way to Lake Titicaca. We arrived to La Paz on our first day in Bolivia and spent the night there before leaving for our Uyuni Salt Flats tour the next day. We also spent our last night there before flying to Peru the next morning.

Fun Fact: La Paz’s airport, El Alto, is the highest international airport in the world. Takeoffs and landings require a longer runway due to the thin air. At 13,300+ feet above sea level, it’s already almost half as high as a plane’s normal cruising altitude!

Checklist for the best things to see and do in La Paz, Bolivia

If this is your first time in La Paz, here’s everything you need to see and do so you don’t miss any of the highlights! One day is enough time to do everything on this list.

Checklist for the best things to see and do in La Paz, Bolivia

Mi Teleférico

La Paz has the COOLEST metro system in the world!!! Instead of trains or buses, they have cable cars to get all over the city!!

Checklist for the best things to see and do in La Paz, Bolivia

The cable cars offer amazing views of the city!! There are currently 6 lines, but there are 5 more in the works. We took the red line up to the top where there was a scenic overlook.

Start at the red line station {GPS Location} (about a 10-15 minute walk from the center) and buy a round-trip ticket to ride all the way to top where you can get off, check out the overlook, then ride back down to where you started.

Checklist for the best things to see and do in La Paz, Bolivia

The Witches’ Market

The Witches’ Market is infamous for selling folk remedies and potions for rituals and offerings, but mostly we just saw a lot of vibrant, colorful textiles.

Checklist for the best things to see and do in La Paz, Bolivia

You can buy all your souvenirs here: super soft sweaters, blankets, scarves, gloves, socks and more made from baby alpaca wool.

Checklist for the best things to see and do in La Paz, Bolivia

Saint Francis Square (Plaza San Francisco)

Visit the Museum San Francisco to climb the church tower for a unique view of La Paz. Also check out the night market in the square here!

Checklist for the best things to see and do in La Paz, Bolivia

Plaza Murillo

Plaza Murillo is the central plaza in the heart of old town La Paz. Surrounding the square is the Presidential Palace, National Congress of Bolivia, and the Cathedral of La Paz.

Checklist for the best things to see and do in La Paz, Bolivia

Walking Tour

If you’ve got extra time in La Paz, you can take a walking tour around the city with Red Cap Tours to learn about the the people, history, and customs of La Paz. Tours start every day from Plaza San Pedro at 11 AM and 2 PM and last 2-3 hours. There’s no need to book in advance, you can just show up to the plaza. Look for the guide in the red cap.

Checklist for the best things to see and do in La Paz, Bolivia

Where to Stay

I highly recommend the Hotel Presidente! The rooms are so bright, spacious, and airy. The hotel is extremely well located right in the heart of old town La Paz, overlooking Saint Francis Square. As you can see from the first photo in this post, there’s an amazing view of the square from the hotel!! There’s an ATM literally right across the street. Breakfast and Wi-Fi are included. The coffee at breakfast was SO good — the best we had in Bolivia. They also have an omelet station for breakfast.

Checklist for the best things to see and do in La Paz, Bolivia

The bathrooms are very modern with lots of counter space. There was plenty of hot water in the shower.

Highly recommend the Hotel Presidente in La Paz!


Best things to do in La Paz, Bolivia