Mercado de Hechicería
Inca Land Tours
An established Peruvian budget operation specializing in tours out of Rurrenabaque and Coroico.
Specializing in horseback-riding trail rides in the Valle de las Animas and Muela del Diablo, Calacoto Tours also offers trips to Lake...
Iglesia de San Francisco
The hewed stone basilica of San Francisco was founded in 1548 by Fray Francisco de los Ángeles. The original structure collapsed under...
Also open for lunch (B$35) with no show.
Pepe’s Coffee Bar
This cheery, inviting, artsy cafe is tucked away on a sunny bend in the Witches’ Market. It’s a cozy place for coffee or cocktails. Big...
Mercado de Hechicería information
The city’s most unusual market lies along Calles Jiménez and Linares between Sagárnaga and Santa Cruz, amid lively tourist artesanías (stores selling locally handcrafted items). What is on sale isn’t witchcraft as depicted in horror films; the merchandise is herbal and folk remedies, plus a few more unorthodox ingredients intended to supplicate the various spirits of the Aymará world.
Here you'll find ingredients like dried toucan beaks, intended to cure ills and protect supplicants from bad spirits. If you’re building a new house you can buy a llama fetus to bury beneath the cornerstone as a cha’lla (offering) to Pachamama (Mother Earth). If you're feeling ill or being pestered by bothersome spooks, you can purchase a plateful of colorful herbs, seeds and assorted critter parts to remedy the problem. As you pass the market stalls, watch for wandering yatiris (witch doctors), who wear dark hats and carry coca pouches, and offer (mainly to locals) fortune-telling services.
Inquiries and photographs taken here may be met with unpleasantness – ask politely first.