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Living in La Paz, Bolivia:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit La Paz, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked three people living in La Paz what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


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Wistupiku is one of the many api shops that are distributed throughout the city. Api is a drink consumed in Bolivia, especially in La Paz, which is made of purple corn and has a sweet flavor. Pastel de queso is a special type of Bolivian empanada that is very popular in La Paz. Mi Teleferico is one of the longest aerial cableways of the world. It was built because of the unique mountainous geography that La Paz has and the many underground rivers that do not allow to build a subway. The solution was the Teleferico.

Having both names in Spanish and Aymara in La Paz is one of the many examples of cultural blend that took place between native cultures and the Spanish culture. Another example of this cultural blend can be seen in the famous Basilica de San Francisco, which is a catholic church that follows the architectural style of Andean Baroque. The Calle Jaen, one of the oldest streets that La Paz has, contains houses of revolutionary heroes that date back to more than 200 years ago. The Alasitas is a festival where Bolivians go to buy all sorts of miniatures that represent things they want to have.

The Illimani is an inactive volcano that is now covered in snow. It is visible from most spots in La Paz and has become the most prominent symbol of the city. Many neighborhoods and streets in La Paz have Aymaran names. The name of the Irpavi neighborhood comes from the word Irpana, which in Aymara means to guide. The Aymaras were a culture that used to inhabit parts of La Paz before the Spanish colonized this territory.

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