Exploring La Paz In Two Days: Your Ultimate Adventure Itinerary

By Martin B

La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia, stands apart as a unique city, perched at an astonishing altitude of 3,650 meters (11,975 ft) above sea level. Surrounded by towering mountain peaks and steeped in indigenous culture, La Paz offers a unique blend of adventure and tradition. Here’s a guide to an unforgettable 48-hour adventure in this fascinating city.

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Day 1: Urban Exploration and Mountain Biking

Morning – Wandering the Witch’s Market: Start your adventure in La Paz by exploring the Mercado de las Brujas, or the Witch’s Market. This bustling market is filled with unique Bolivian artifacts, potions, and folk remedies. Be sure not to pass up the opportunity to experience a traditional coca tea, which can aid in acclimatizing to the high altitude.

Afternoon – Death Road Biking: For thrill-seekers, biking down the Yungas Road, famously known as Death Road, is an adrenaline-pumping must-do. Many tour operators provide guided trips down this narrow and winding road, offering breathtaking views of the lush forest below.

Evening – Local Cuisine at Calle Jaén: After a long and thrilling day, enjoy a meal at one of the local eateries on the colonial Calle Jaén street. Try “salteñas,” a traditional Bolivian pastry filled with meat and vegetables, or a plate of “llama anticuchos.”

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Day 2: Cable Cars and Moon Valley

Morning – Mi Teleférico Ride: Start your day with a scenic ride on Mi Teleférico, the city’s cable car system. The site offers awe-inspiring views of the city and the scenic mountains that encircle it. With a stroke of luck, you may even be treated to a sighting of the magnificent Illimani Mountain.

Afternoon – Exploring Valle de la Luna: Just a short drive from the city center, you’ll find the Valle de la Luna, or Moon Valley. The area is named for its otherworldly landscapes formed by erosion, and you can spend hours exploring the maze of canyons and large spires. You have the option to join guided tours or explore the well-marked trails independently.

Evening – Nightlife in Sopocachi: Head to the trendy Sopocachi neighborhood, where you can find a diverse array of bars, clubs, and restaurants. Dance the night away to Bolivian music, or simply enjoy a cocktail with views of the sparkling city below.