Pick up a copy of the free monthly booklet Jiwaki (available in bars and cafes) for a day-by-day rundown of what’s on. Otherwise, watch hotel noticeboards for bar and live-music posters, or check the newspapers.


La Paz’ cultural centers often show foreign-language films. Most movies are in English with Spanish subtitles and cost around B$30. There are several cinemas along El Prado.


Typical of La Paz (and most of Bolivia) are folk-music venues known as peñas. Most present traditional Andean music, rendered on zampoñas (pan flutes), quenas (cane flute) and charangos (ukulele-style instrument), but also often include guitar shows and song recitals. Most only have shows on Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 9pm or 10pm and running into the wee hours. Admission ranges from B$25 to B$100 and usually includes the first drink; meals cost extra.