La Paz

  • Accommodation:
    • Camino Real Aparthotel
  • Transport:
    • Bolivia’s buses (Flotas) are run by a variety of private companies and supply all the main routes in the country
    • The most basic and simple way to get around the city is catching a taxi. It’s best to ask your hostel/hotel receptionist what the far might be in in advance, soy u have a rough idea
    • Make sure you confirm the price of the fare before getting into the taxi
    • Radio Taxis are the safest option as they are operated by a legal taxi company
    • Cable cars are a great and easy way to travel around. They city has 4 lines of cable cars (red, yellow, green, and blue). Pay at the cable car kiosks
  • Things to see:
    • Valle de la Luna
    • Plaza Murillo
    • Calle Jaen
    • Coca Museum
    • The Witches’ Market
    • San Francisco Church
    • Mirador Killi Killi Viewpoint
    • Plaza Abaroa
  • Tips:
    • There is a cable car that goes up to the Christ statue in Cochabamba
    • There are often blockades and strikes that prevent buses from running or cause delays
    • Bus companies tend to be lenient with their departure and arrival times
    • If you do have luggage that you want to store under a bus, make sure you get a ticket for each piece of luggage
    • The Witches’ Market has got a lot more touristy, meaning there’s less genuine products and more souvenir stalls. However, there are still a few ‘witches’ shops left selling dried llama fetuses & other folk remedies & potions
    • BIG TIP: Joe really suffered from altitude sickness in the city, so the key is to take your time and let your body acclimatise. We purchased (lots) of coca sweets and drank plenty of hot tea with mugs crammed full of coca leaves