La Paz Travel Guide
La Paz © Donvittore
Sitting two and a half miles (4km) above sea level, La Paz is the world's highest capital. Visitors will encounter a city of enthralling contradictions, where efficient airlifts and shimmering hotel facades are as much a part of the experience as diesel engines and ramshackle brickwork. Illimani, the most well-known of Bolivia's lofty peaks, rises in the background.
Fruit sellers, trinket vendors, dapper businessmen, alpaca wool weavers and brightly dressed Andean women bring a distinct vibrancy to the city, making it a wonderful destination for people-watching. Tourists can also expect interesting museums, and modern hotels.
Regarding shopping, paintings, handcrafted silver jewellery and beautiful alpaca wool products are among the many items on offer. Thrill-seekers may enjoy the Death Road Mountain Bike tour, which involves a two-hour trip from the city.
Tour operator G.A.P Adventures has for the past 14 years specialised in unique, small group, grassroots adventure travel experiences in the world's most wild places, going off the beaten track into the heart of the destination to meet the locals who call it home. G.A.P. Adventures offers several expeditions to the Bolivian Amazon and Andes.
Intrepid Travel, one of the world's leading suppliers of small group adventures, focuses on getting off the beaten track, interacting with the locals and having real life experiences throughout Bolivia.