Witch’s Market, La Paz

The indigenous markets of La Paz are a very famous tourist attraction for the city. Seemingly endless stalls of fruit, clothing, artwork, hand crafts, and all kinds of souvenirs abound. The most fascinating market for foreigners is the so called “Witch’s Market” on Calle Sagarraga and Calle Linares near the San Francisco church. Here, strange and arcane ingredients are commonly used by tradition shaman called yatires for their rituals as well as common people for their indigenous traditions and ceremonies. Unfortunately. Many people poach endangered animals and sell them freely in this market for their supposed spiritual powers so please do not buy any animal products (except for llama fetuses) from these markets. The markets feature all manner of natural cures and products from alpaca and llama fiber, leather, skins, tokens in gold, silver, bronze, tin, exotic woods, and from animal teeth etc. It is extremely rude to take pictures of people or the goods they are selling without their permission so be sure to ask first, the sellers often want a few coins in return for the right to take pictures. Near the market are a multitude of tourism businesses to help travelers go on all manner of adventures from La Paz.

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