Top Markets in La Paz

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You would think that since Bolivia is one of the most affordable countries in South America, that foreign travelers choose to do their shopping at the markets of La Paz simply because they’re cheap. While you can’t argue with some of the bargain deals to be found on the streets, the reason for digging out the Bolivianos while in the markets of La Paz is because they frequently offer items which simply can’t be found anywhere else on the continent.

Take for example the “witches market” which occupies a narrow alleyway set just off of the downtown tourist district. Legendary among South American travelers, traditionally dressed Aymara women sling everything from spices, to potions, to dried snakes and frogs. The most disturbing, however, are undoubtedly the hanging, dried llama fetuses which are still used in Aymara rituals and comprise the main reason why many travelers even venture down this alleyway. While the brujas (witches) aren’t fond of travelers photographing their wares, simply window shopping in the witches market provides enough mental photographs to fill an entire album of stories.

Witches market aside, since La Paz is home to millions of inhabitants it also features every conceivable type of outdoor market available. What makes the markets of La Paz so energetic and enjoyable, however, are the throngs of colorfully-dressed indigenous peoples hawking everything from handwoven textiles to underground, black market electronics. Bargaining is the name of the game in the markets of La Paz, and if you appear to be a foreign traveler, or don’t speak much Spanish, you can be assured that the price you’re initially quoted is sky-high compared to what a local person might pay. Nevertheless, with a little haggling both parties usually walk away from the alpaca wool hat or multicolored shawl with a sense of accomplishment and victory.

While the actual economy of exchanging money for goods is the beating heart of the La Paz markets, a La Paz traveler could spend an entire day enjoying the markets without actually purchasing anything at all. Sit back and watch as old men haggle with tourists while pushing overladen carts up a 45-degree street. Gaze at groups of colorfully-dressed women with babies on their backs as they carve wood or spin wool in a festering street-side stall. The markets of La Paz not only have astounding deals and unique souvenirs, but also simply pulse with an energy and an authenticity unlike any other market on the South American continent.
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Private Tour: La Paz City Sightseeing and Moon Valley

Enhance your sightseeing experience of La Paz on a 3-hour private tour of the beguiling Bolivian capital and the nearby Moon Valley. With a knowledgeable guide, witness the enchanting atmosphere of the Witches Market; admire significant landmarks like San Francisco Church and Plaza Murillo; and marvel at the natural wonder of Moon Valley. Gain fascinating insight into the city’s colonial history and peruse intriguing exhibitions in some of the capital’s museums. Relish the flexibility of this private tour and customize your itinerary according to your interests.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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La Paz Small-Group Food and Markets Tour

Sample Bolivia’s most iconic foods, market snacks and vibrant produce on a small-group, 3.5-hour culinary tour of La Paz. Get a glimpse of life in the historic city as you follow your guide to local restaurants and learn the essential ingredients, spices and techniques of the Bolivian kitchen. Try gourmet chocolate and organic, tropical fruits, eat freshly-caught fish from Lake Titicaca then sip a digestive traditional tea before finishing your tour with stunning sunset views of the city from a panoramic overlook.
  • Duration: 1 day 11 hours
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La Paz and Moon Valley Half-Day Tour

Cover the highlights of La Paz in this half-day tour. You’ll visit traditional markets and the San Pedro prison, then float above the city in a scenic cable car ride. Your next stop is the otherworldly Moon Valley, followed by the lookout point Killi Killi. You’ll see the landmarks of the city’s historic center and make a trip to the famous Witches’ Market before returning to your hotel.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Cable Car Tour of La Paz

Gain an alternative perspective of Bolivia’s colorful capital on a 3-hour cable car tour of La Paz. With a guide, you’ll climb aboard a cable car and soar to heights that offer panoramic views of the sprawling city. On arrival in the El Alto district, browse stalls brimming with bizarre produce at The Witches Market and then continue to south La Paz to admire the city’s modern architecture and mountainous perimeter. Learn about the fascinating culture and history of the Bolivian capital and receive personalized attention on this small-group tour.   
  • Duration: 3 hours
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La Paz Food, Wine and Beer Tour

Experience Bolivia’s best food, wine and spirits on a 3.5-hour, small-group gourmet tour of La Paz that explores the city’s traditional foods and cutting-edge cuisine. Follow your local guide through a vibrant food market, sample freshly-prepared treats, and learn the most important ingredients of the region’s distinctive cooking. Taste your way through a series of Bolivian classics at a nearby restaurant, mix a personalized cocktail with local ingredients, then finish your tour with cheese and a tasting of lesser-known South American wines.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day La Paz City Tour

Cover the best of La Paz in half a day with this guided tour. Begin with a panoramic view from Mirador Killi Killi, visit landmarks around Murillo Square, step into another universe at the Valley of the Moon, and catch a glimpse of Illimani by cable car. Explore the Witches’ Market and the Church of San Francisco. Sit back as your guide leads you from one site to the next.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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La Paz Half-Day Foodie Tour

Discover classic Bolivian flavors on a food tour of La Paz that explores local restaurants and vibrant markets. You’ll get a great overview of the country’s diverse foods with included tastings that go from the potatoes of the altiplano to Lake Titicaca trout, all while exploring La Paz’ downtown and hills.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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La Paz City Walking Tour Including Historical Streets

Get a comprehensive introduction to La Paz on this 2.5-hour city sightseeing tour. This walking tour has morning or afternoon departure times and includes a traditional Bolivian drink at its conclusion.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Tastes of Bolivia

Feast your senses on the flavoursome and fulfilling food of Bolivia on a 3-hour food tour of La Paz. Alongside your gastronome guide, you’ll visit an eclectic selection of local restaurants and street food stalls to sample the most traditional of Bolivian cuisine. On this small group tour, limited to 10 people, you’ll learn about the culinary culture of La Paz and receive personalized attention from your guide. Customize your tour according to the foo you and your group wish to eat.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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La Paz Small-Group Sightseeing Tour: Plaza Murillo, San Pedro Prison, and Witches' Market

See vibrant markets, colonial architecture and mountain views on a 3–4-hour sightseeing tour of La Paz with a small group that includes Plaza Murillo, San Pedro Prison and the Witches’ Market. Hear Bolivia’s rich history as you follow your guide through the heart of the city, and learn how inmates have created a parallel city in Bolivia’s most famous prison. Sample local cuisine and in a neighborhood market, ride a bus into the hills for stunning views of the city, then meet traditional shamans in a bustling spiritual bazaar.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Half-Day La Paz and El Alto Tour Including Cable Car

Experience the best of La Paz and El Alto on this memorable half-day guided tour. Visit local fortune tellers, travel on the highest urban cable car on earth and wander colorful markets filled with traditional items and savory snacks.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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$120.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Sucre - Walking City Tour - Half Day

Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia, Located in the south-central part of Bolivia, It has an elevation of 2,810 meters.This city showcases a glorious ensemble of white colonial buildings, spectacular rooftop terraces in the amazing houses and quaint garden patios, also its pleasantly warm climate and relaxed small town.Walking along the narrow streets of “La Ciudad Blanca” – Sucre it’s nice, because you can appreciate whitewashed churches, theatres and courthouses of the city which was named by the UNESCO “World Heritage Site” in 1991.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Walking Tour of La Paz

Experience the unique culture of La Paz while hopping from market to market on this 3-hour walking tour through the city. Explore Plaza Murillo, and stop by a few brightly colored markets. See streets lined with more kinds of potatoes than you even knew existed, and make a visit to the notorious San Pedro prison.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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