Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in La Paz

Calle Jaén Museums

These four small museums are clustered together along La Paz’ finest colonial street, and can generally be bundled into one visit. Buy tickets at the Museo Costumbrista.Also known as Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), the…
Top Choice Seafood in La Paz

La Espinita

Get down to 'the bones' with a hearty Andean lunch of four favorite fried fish in a delicious home-made batter, all served with crisy ispi (little sardine-sized buggers) on top, and sides of potato and mote (big cor…
Top Choice Italian in La Paz


We don’t know where (or how) they get their fresh ingredients, but this candlelit underground restaurant has figured it out, offering up dish after dish of thoughtfully prepared, well structured and delicately balan…
Top Choice Gallery in La Paz

Fundación Solón

This building was once home to Walter Solón Romero, one of the nation's most important and politically active artists. Known for his elaborate murals and fascination with Don Quijote, Solón paid the ultimate price w…
Top Choice Market in La Paz

Mercado Uruguay

If you don't mind the hectic settings, your cheapest food scene is the markets. The comedor (dining hall) at Mercado Uruguay sells set meals (of varying standards), including tripe and ispi (similar to sardines).
Market in La Paz

Mercado de Hechicería

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 d…
Church in La Paz

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 heavy snowfall around 1610, but it was rebuilt between 1744 and 1753. The second…
Church in La Paz


Although it’s a relatively recent addition to La Paz’ religious structures, the 1835 cathedral is impressive – mostly because it is built on a steep hillside. The main entrance is 12m higher than its base on Potosí.…
Cemetery in La Paz

La Paz Cemetery

As in most Latin American cemeteries, bodies are first buried in the traditional Western way or are placed in a crypt. Then, within 10 years, they are disinterred and cremated. After cremation, families purchase or …
Religious in La Paz

La Festividad de Nuestro Señor Jesús del Gran Poder

Held in late May or early June, El Gran Poder began in 1939 as a candle procession led by an image of Christ through the predominantly campesino neighborhoods of upper La Paz. The following year the local union of e…