Being the largest city in Bolivia, there is plenty to do and see La Paz. The city is easily navigable on foot and the Hotel Rosario is located in a very central location. Right outside the doors of the Hotel you’ll find a series of narrow streets, filled with small clothing markets, restaurants, handicraft stores and historical attractions.
If you’re wondering what to do in La Paz, some of our favorite attractions are within minutes from the hotel. We recommend consulting with our tour operator Turisbus, and taking one of our walking or driven tours of La Paz. Check out our tours page for more information.
Just around the corner from the Hotel Rosario, is the famous street market, Witches Market. In this open market you’ll find women dressed in traditional bowler hats and petticoats offering medicinal herbs and superstitious artifacts.
Originally named the Plaza de Armas, the Plaza Murillo is the beautiful open space between the Presidential Palace, National Congress and Cathedral. In the historical central plaza of La Paz, Plaza Murillo features a central statue of President Gualberto Villarroel and is a lovely place to rest on a bench and enjoy watching the daily life of the city.
San Francisco Church
Just a few blocks away from Hotel Rosario, the 16th century Church features elaborate baroque architecture and intricately carved stonework. Beautiful views of the city are available from the bell tower. The Iglesia of San Francisco features notable colonial-era religious art and is one of the oldest in the city.
Food and Veggies Markets
La Paz is full of street markets such as the Mercado Lanza, where local fruits, fresh vegetables, juices and warm breads are sold daily.
At El Alto’s Multifunctional Center you can go see the weekly wrestling match between Aymara and Quechua women dressed in traditional attire. For just a few Bolivianos, tickets are available and include souvenirs and snacks. The Fighting Cholitas jump in the ring around 5pm.
The small museum allows for guests to discover the history and importance behind the coca plant in Bolivia. Free samples are available at the Coca Museum, which is located in the San Sebastian district.
A popular shopping and outfitting area for tourists with top-notch dining and nightlife.
Just about 10 km outside of town, the Valle de la Luna, a lunar-like landscape of eroded stalagmites and valleys is an extremely popular attraction.
bout an hour and half outside the city, these ruins are an extremely important archeological site in Bolivia. Take a look at our tours page to see the half-day tours we offer of the ruins.
Take a walk back in time down one of the oldest streets in the city. Colonial buildings, museums and shops preserve the charm of past centuries, down this narrow, colorful street.
National Folklore Museum
Built in the 1700’s the Museo Nacional de Folklore features exhibits from the Chipayas and Ayoreos cultures. Exhibits like the 3,000 Years of Textiles display incredible examples of tradition and provide an authentic look at the diverse cultures of the Bolivian people.
Mirador Killi Killi
Just a few blocks away from the Plaza Murillo, Killi Killi is easy to reach and an excellent lookout point with spectacular views of the city. Buses can take you straight to the top, but the walk up through the park is not too strenuous and provides quite a sense of achievement when you arrive at the lookout point. Once a lookout point for the military and then revolutionists in the 1950’s, the incredible panoramic views of the city at Mirador Killi Killi are well worth the trip. This is often a stop during our La Paz and Moon Valley day tour.