Gateway to Bolivia
The department (state) of La Paz is one of Bolivia’s nine departments and is located in Northeastern Bolivia near the borders with Peru and Chile. The department of La Paz is a synthesis of culture and natural diversity which makes it ideal for tourism. Here is where we encounter the mystical Lake Titicaca, magnificent pre-Incan ruins, pre-Columbian footpaths, and the majestic peaks of the Andean Cordillera Real mountain range. The department also hosts a paradise of tropical protected areas and nature reserves that extend from the cloud forest (Yungas) to the Amazon region where it borders on the Beni department.
The city of La Paz is the capital of the department and is the seat of the Bolivian government. The city averages 3,600 meters in altitude and is one of the highest cities in the World. La Paz is a multi-ethnic place where people from all over the country merge, as well as immigrants from all over the world. Here is where multi-ethnic and multi-cultural expressions combine to present a wide variety of religious festivals and tipical dressings from every region of Bolivia. As well as concerts, lectures, theatres and other artistic presentations. This ethnic and cultural diversity makes La Paz the most cosmopolitan city of Bolivia.
The city is located in an enormous canyon. The houses cling to the sides of this canyon and climb its slopes as it seem they might try to touch the sky. An in the city centre old colonial buildings are mixed with more modern constructions.
La Paz is unique, it is the political and cultural heart of Bolivia and one of the most important stops on any Bolivian tourist route.