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Bolivia Travel: La Paz
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Bolivia Travel: La Paz   by Melissa Reichwage
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La Paz is dizzying, not only because of its high altitude, but for its eccentric beauty. What sets this capital city apart from the rest in South America are the sights, sounds, and smells of streets. Lying at the bottom of a massive canyon, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. The buildings cling to the sides of the canyon, and on a clear day the snowy peak of Mountain Illimani is visible. Wander through lively markets, fascinating museums, or chat with locals in a comedor but be sure to take your time, not only to acclimate to the altitude but to experience the city's many facets. You can golf at the highest golf course in the world, fly into the highest commercial airport in the world, or ski on the highest ski slope in the world. Just don't miss…

1. The markets. Every inch of space seems to be taken up by Aymara women in traditional bowler hats and voluminous skirts shouting at passing people to buy their goods. There is a vast array of handicrafts, entire markets devoted to faux designer labels, food and drink, bags of coca leaves, and everything else. There is even a Witches' Market where you can find everything you need to put a spell on a pesky hotel guest or annoying travel mate, or you can buy dried llama fetuses to bury in the foundations of a new house to rid it of evil spirits.

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2. The Valle de la Luna. The Moon Valley is one of the best excursions near La Paz. The route passes through the wealthy suburbs of Calacoto and La Florida, following the river road past some bizarre rock formations. Just before la Luna are the Aranjuez Forest, the Ancieto Arce cactus gardens and the Playa de Arnjuez, a popular bathing spot. Approximately 3 km from the bridge at Calacoto the road forks, take a sharp right to Caza y Pesca Club and Mallasilla Golf Course. Walk a few minutes east of the valley entrance with a comfortable pair of shoes on your feet. The valley is always much warmer than the city. Beyond the Valley is Achumani which offers good views of the valley and glimpses of the palatial mansions of the wealthy.

3. Sopocachi's nightclubs. Friday is the big night out in La Paz, while Thursday and Saturday are quieter. The two most popular drinks are beer and Singani, a spirit that is generally mixed 50-50 with Sprite or 7-up. Many of the best bars and clubs are in the area of Sopocachi, South of Plaza del Estudiante. For live music try Equinoccio, Café Montmartre, or Thelonius Jazz Bar.

4. Chacaltaya. Located 1 ½ hours from La Paz by car, Chacltaya is the world's highest ski resort. When there is a lot of snow, the roads become impassable. At 5,000 meters you have excellent views of Huyana and Potosí and on a clear day, all the way to Lake Titicaca.

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About the Author: This guide to La Paz was written by a Bolivia travel expert at Bolivia For Less available to help you custom design your exciting Bolivia vacations.
Carnaval de Oruro Bolivia is a must see festival   by Jerry Strauss

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Festivals makes the culture of any country and what better way to enjoy the local life and dwell yourself into the varied dances and customs by wearing the custom masks and dresses and be one amongst the locals. Festivals mark the joys and entertainment that people await to arrive every year and it pleases more than locals, the outsiders who come especially to such places to enjoy the culture of the place. The best travel destination guide is one of the best and reliable information center where you can get varied information on different destinations, their culture, their traditions and varied other places of historic importance. The Carnaval de Oruro Bolivia is one of the biggest cultural events for the city as it attracts more than 850,000 visitors every year. The festival continues for over 10 days and sees different celebrations in the form of parades, dances, music, drinking and enjoying the over all atmosphere of the place.
The best travel destination guide brings you the best and most comprehensive guide on Carnaval de Oruro Bolivia; the carnival originates from the Andean ancestral culture. The carnival this year is going to be held on 12th, 13th and 14th of February. The world looks over Oruro carnival as truly unique in nature, as it is considered to be a religious celebration. The carnival begins before 40 days before the Easter starts, it is one of the most looked upon events for the year. The geographic locations of the carnival according to the vacation guide states that Oruro has become a center of distribution for terrestrial transport services that includes different regions from Bolivia and also includes places like Chile and Argentina. You can reach Oruro by air through Buenos Aires, Santa Cruz - La Paz, there are regular flights from Buenos Aires to La Paz that stops at Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
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There are varied carnivals that take place in Bolivia, La Paz, Oruro, Tarija and Santa Cruz but the Oruro carnival is world famous and people across the world participate in this event with much vigor. The best travel destination guide gives you perfect information on the monstrous costumes that are worn and the places from where it could be rented, heavy masks are worn during the event with eyes bulging out, the devilish masks are worn by the devils wearing sparkling breast plates they were silk embroidered shawls around them. While the devil dance is on, China supay - devil's wife comes out who starts dancing in seductive dance to entice the Michael. The vacation guide recommends to wear comfortable clothing, do not wear valuable jewelry, and get yourself time to get acclimatized with the atmosphere of the carnival.

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Hotel LP Columbus, La Paz
A 37 room hotel in a new building located 500 meters from Plaza Murillo, in La Paz (down-town area!) The ideal location provides maximum comfort for both business and pleasure stays. Staff speak English, Spanish, German and Portuguese and are able to provide all of the necessary information you will need to make your stay in La Paz a great one. The hotel's restaurant is comfortably furnished with minimalist decor, it seats up to 60 guests and is open every day of the week. The restaurant provides the perfect venue for a quiet Buffet breakfast on the first floor (7:00-10:00 am).
Radisson Plaza Hotel La Paz
The Radisson Plaza is conveniently located near the financial district and U.S. Embassy in the heart of La Paz. Hotel amenities include a Business Center, a Health Club with a heated indoor pool and a whirlpool, two international restaurants, a piano bar and an Executive Lounge with an exceptional city view. Guests at the Radisson Plaza Hotel La Paz, Bolivia also enjoy easy access to local attractions, including Plaza Murillo and Devil's Tooth, as well as museums, shopping and government buildings. Stay at the Radisson and see what makes us one of the best La Paz hotels.
Suites Camino Real, La Paz
A blend of art and technology in its architecture and a modern concept in guest facilities and services are part of Camino Real Suites personality. Camino Real Suites offers a first class restaurant, business center, Health Club, meeting rooms and much more, meeting the expectations of the most demanding executive and tourist traveler. It is strategically located at the heart of the south side of La Paz within the most important residential and commercial area of the city. “La Tranquera” Restaurant invites you to enjoy international and national dishes for lunch and dinner particularly its barbeque specialties. Suggestions from our menu include a tempting selection of garrisons and a complete salad bar; plus our exquisite variety of desserts.
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Potosí is a city and the capital of the department of Potosí in Bolivia. It is one of the highest cities in the world by elevation at a nominal 4,090 metres (13,420 ft) and it was the location of the Spanish colonial mint, now the National Mint of Bolivia. Potosí lies beneath the Cerro de Potosí - sometimes referred to as the Cerro Rico ("rich mountain") - a mountain popularly conceived of as being "made of" silver ore, which has always dominated the city. The Cerro Rico is the reason for Potosí's historical importance, since it was the major supply of silver for Spain during the period of the New World Spanish Empire. This silver was taken by llama and mule train to the Spanish Main from where it was then taken to Spain on the Spanish treasure fleets. Cerro de Potosí's peak is 4,824 metres (15,827 ft) above sea level.
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Hostal La Casona, Potosi
Hostal La Casona is located in Potosi, close to Plaza Principal, National Mint of Bolivia, and Compania de Jesus. Nearby points of interest also include Cerro Rico. Hostal La Casona features a library, multilingual staff, and tour/ticket assistance. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Concierge services and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include laundry facilities. There are 25 guestrooms at Hostal La Casona. Wireless Internet.
Hostal Patrimonio - Potosí
Hostal Patrimonio - Potosí is located in Potosi, close to Plaza Principal, National Mint of Bolivia, and Compania de Jesus. Nearby points of interest also include Cerro Rico. This 2.0-star property offers small meeting rooms and secretarial services. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Concierge services and tour/ticket assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include laundry facilities. There are 22 guestrooms at Hostal Patrimonio - Potosí. Refrigerators and minibars are offered. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is provided. In addition to in-room safes, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Flat-panel televisions have cable channels.
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Santa Cruz de la Sierra, commonly known as Santa Cruz, is the capital city of the Santa Cruz department in eastern Bolivia. The municipality's population was 1,756,926 in 2010 (official estimate) and the urban population is 2,102,998 in 2010 (official estimate) which makes it the largest city in Bolivia. The city of Santa Cruz has benefited from a fast paced growing economy for the last 15 years. This has allowed for a multicultural and ethnically diverse city to develop. Despite its fast growth, the city preserves much of its traditions and culture. This is particularly reflected in its typical foods.
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Buganvillas Hotel Suites & Spa, Santa Cruz de la Sierra
An environment filled with natural beauty and infinite luxury. Our exceptional and personalized service, filled with aromas and a delicate service that allows you to create a perfect and irresistible escape at Buganvillas.  Come and visit our famous Spa at Buganvillas Hotel where more than 40 therapies combine beauty and welfare, merging in a long and expected calm. Walk though exotic locations, where flavor, color, history and culture combine in a seducing kitchen. Style, distinction, presentation and flavor in perfect harmony. Pure art, pure fusion… pure pleasure.
Camino Real Hotel Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Camino Real Hotel is located in the residential area of Equipetrol Norte and it is the most exclusive and attractive zone of Santa Cruz, only twelve minutes from the airport and five minutes from downtown. With a new hotel concept and the most beautiful architecture and tropical decoration in the country, that shows a rustic high class style, where they stand out beautiful gardens of show great tropical flora. The lobby represents one of the largest spaces; its eight hundred square meters are extended to offer their guests, different and comfortable environments, such as the gift shop, travel agency, an equipped business center, next to seven living rooms, surrounded by majestic interior palm trees.
Yotau All Suites Hotel, Santa Cruz de la Sierra 
The Yotau All Suites Hotel is one of the better places to stay in the Bolivia city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (often shortened to Santa Cruz). The Yotau All Suites Hotel offers its guests use of a complete business centre, with secretarial services, internet connections, and a bilingual staff. The meeting room and banqueting space are well equipped to host personal  professional , and international functions. The hotel restaurant, called Guapurú, is open 24 hours a day, serving national and international dishes as well as exotic drinks. Guests can relax in the Yotau All Suites Hotel’s indoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi or gym. 
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Sucre (population 247,300 in 2006) is the constitutional capital of Bolivia and the capital of the department of Chuquisaca. Located in the south-central part of the country, Sucre lies at an elevation of 2750m (9,000 ft). This relatively high altitude gives the city a cool temperate climate year-round.  
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Casa Verde B&B, Sucre
Our b&b / hotel in Sucre offers the perfect combination. The ambience of a bed & breakfast with the amenities of an upscale hotel.  We are conveniently located in the heart of historic down Sucre (Bolivia). Our Bed & Breakfast / hotel is an ideal destination for business & leisure travelers alike.  We offer exceptional, personalized service. We hope that a stay with us will evoke both luxury and style and leave you wanting to return soon. We know that traveling can be stressful at times and our goal is to make your stay a memorable and comfortable one.
Cruz de Popayán Sucre
Hotel Cruz de Popayan (WORLD HERITAGE SITE) is a beautiful and romantic 17th century old colonial house. We are located just in the middle of Sucre, capital city of Bolivia, people where charcas lived, the liberty of America did begin.The hostal has private rooms, private bathroom with hot shower, washbasin and toilet, Satelital TV , telephone, internet DSL at reception and wi-fi in the first courtyard. We provide money exchange, safety box, telephone for long distance calls and free tourist info. Our hostal is open 24 hours and we have English speaking staff. So do not think about it too much just come and visit us in Sucre!
Hotel de Su Merced Sucre
Our four-star hotel, built in 18th century, has a privileged location in the centre of colonial city, Sucre. Our hotel is famous for its beautiful antique furniture, nicely decorated rooms and peaceful sunny terraces full of flowers, which take you back to ancient times. From the highest terraces you may enjoy one of the best panoramic views over our ancient white city, the green mountains behind it and the bluest of skies.  We offer you not only the grand style of the colonial past, but also the convenience and comfort of the modern world, given that all our rooms have been designed to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. We guarantee our guests a fluent communication with our guests in English, French, Italian and even a little German.
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