I thought it was an accomplishment to land in La Paz at 3 am and not pass out from altitude sickness immediately. La Paz is the highest city in the world at 3650m (11,900 feet)! I decided to treat myself to a hotel for a couple of nights to enjoy a hot shower and a big bed with multiple fluffy pillows. Here are my recommendations for how to spend 2 days in La Paz, Bolivia.
La Paz was the jumping off point for me to schedule my Salt Flats tour. Read more about my Salt Flats Experience: 3 Day Guide to the Bolivian Salt Flats
What to Do in La Paz
On my first day, I headed to San Pedro square for the free walking tour. I had just finished reading Marching Powder, a story about the jail that is situated in the La Paz downtown, so I was intrigued to learn more about the town and the famous jail. You can read more about the history of the jail here
Valle De La Luna
This was my favourite place in La Paz. 10 km outside the city exists Moon Valley, a landform that is made up of eroded rock. There is a 45-minute walk throughout the area where you can pretend like you are on the moon! I took too many photos of this place… here are my favourites:
The Mercado de las Brujas (the Witches Market), there are stores that exist with potions and llama fetuses for rituals. I was told by our tour guide that many people still use these potions today to cure illnesses and find love. The coolest part of the Witches Market from my perspective that I found some great souvenirs and alpaca clothing!
Mercado in Plaza Mayor
If you enjoy food as I do, you’ll enjoy lunch at the mercado beside San Francisco church. Go up to the third level and ask for avocado sandwiches, chorizo sandwiches, and fresh juice and smoothies. You and your wallet will not be disappointed.
I hope that this helps you as you plan your 2 day trip to La Paz, Bolivia.