Are you heading to La Paz and want to have the best time ever? Read along and find out on what you shouldn’t miss out.
DRINK BRAIN JUICE
Alright. It’s not really brain juice, but surely looks like it. You can get those tiny brain fruit (probably peach) on the street for around 3 BOB. They’re incredibly sweet and not less weird. Try one and get your sugar intake for a week.
VISIT THE BLACK MARKET
Hundreds of tiny little markets are waiting for you on the hilly streets in El Alto. Get used clothes, overpriced nuts, fresh fruit juices, kitchen ware, herbs, tons of fireworks, cheap electronics and probably heaps of stolen stuff for little money.
I recommend to buy lots of smoke bombs and fireworks you can use for your pictures on the salt flats. The round smoke bombs suck! Get the big ones that look like explosives- they rock. But don’t bring them when you cross the border to Chile or you’ll end of being stuck in a bureau for ages with an online entry in your passport that you tried to smuggle in explosives haha.
LIGHT UP FIREWORKS ON YOUR HOTEL’S ROOF
Careful- you might not make yourself popular, but if you’re fast enough you’ll be gone before someone discovers you!
We set them off on the rooftop of Montecarlo hotel in the city center and just got down the minute the manager went up. I guess we’ve entertained the city and though I have to admit I was dying inside, once those rockets flew up the sky, we had the best time ever!
Grab some beers and shoot them up- it’s worth it!
WATCH WOMEN FIGHT AT CHOLITA WRESTLING
Nice one! Women in long rainbow skirts with braided hair beat the shit out of each other in spectacular fashion. It’s not allowed to bring alcohol inside, but you can bribe the dude on the door and can sneak some in.
Make sure to buy popcorn inside and bring oranges as you can throw the peel at the fighters whilst shouting at them until you lose your voice.
At the end of the fight some men will come on stage and fight their way towards the audience. Expect guys being thrown in chairs right in front of your feet whilst an animated Bolivian audience throws water at them. Awesome! Don’t miss out on that.
Tours can be booked in La Paz at every agency- you’ll be picked up at your hostel and will be directly driven there. You can also head there on your own, but the price difference is not much and it’s easy to get lost on the way.
Entry is 50 BOB at the door.
BIKE DOWN THE DEATH ROAD
Windy roads and steep cliffs await you whilst you downhill 2000m down from the snowy tops to the much warmer climate below. The scenery is breathtaking.
Tours provide you with warm clothes, gloves, downhill gear and rather shady bikes. You’re driven up to the top and ride your way down for the next 4 hours.
The first part is a paved road with the snowy mountains in the background. After an hour you’ll get to the gravel and the cliffs.
It’s not as dangerous as it sounds unless you slip and fall down the cliff. The road was used for trucks once, but has been closed for tourism.
The tours provide you with short stops and food on the way. It’s also possible to do some zip lining on the way for around 70 BOB extra.
The day starts at 7am and ends at around 6-7pm with a massive buffet.
I can recommend the tour, but it’s definitely not as dangerous as it sounds. Prices range between 60 and 90 US Dollars. Make sure to check the bikes (a good agency asks for your height and whether you want a fully or a hardtail) I’d recommend a fully as it only goes down and you don’t need to ride much uphill. More suspension- more fun!
GET A SLING SHOT
… and shoot stuff! Easy as that.
You find them at markets for around 20 BOB.
EAT SOME FOOD FOOD AT THE GREEN KITCHEN
Oh we loved this place! Healthy fresh food with lots of vegan options, nice ginger or strawberry juices and wraps to die for.
LOCATION: Sagárnaga Street 315 (La Paz/ Zona 1)
RIDE WITH A TELEFERICO
For only 3 BOB you can see La Paz from above. The whole city is connected by cable cars. It’s definitely worth a ride.
TOUCH DRIED LLAMAS AT THE WITCHES MARKET
Ewww yeah. That’s what it is. Dried dead llama babies dangling down from the walls. Supposed to bring luck, Bolivians bury them under their houses.
The witches market is a tiny street in the city center and a rather touristic place. If you want to curse your ex boyfriend bring some hair and money and I’m sure you’ll find some black magic somewhere over there. Bad vibes, interesting dead animals and lots of magnet for your fridge will await you there.
Alright. I guess you’re set. If you want some more action, go and visit a Cocaine Bar and get a free cocktail once you powder your nose. I heard of a lot of people who went there, but keep in mind that the police in Bolivia is annoying. They do check on tourists – even for weed and they love to bring their sniff dogs. If you’re feeling lucky and enjoy the company of people who love to talk about themselves the cocaine bar is called “Route 36”.