La Paz, Bolivia
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What to Do
The Worlds Most Dangerous Road ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yungas_Road) is a must-do if you are visiting La Paz. While the name is scary, if you can ride a bike, you can ride the road.
Beutiful scenery as you ride past a 600m cliff, descending from 4700m at La Cumbre, down to 1350m in the Yungas Valley, this is seriously one of the best experiences you can have in the area.
There are a few companies that offer the ride, at vastly different prices, but really, you have to ask yourself how much you are willing to risk on a road this dangerous.
By far the best company in town is Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking ( http://www.gravitybolivia.com). New bikes, English Guides, First Aid training
There are many institutes in La Paz that teach Spanish, however there are two that I can personally recomend.
1) Speak Easy Institute: Offering an intensive 15 hour survival course, this is a lower-cost, straight-to-the-point option that will teach you some usefull Castellano.
2) Pico Verde: The best of the Best in La Paz. Pico Verde offers everything from Homestay (With real Bolivian Families!), to Apartment rentals (good, english-speaking landlords/ladies), to a sliding scale of prices for Private tutoring (more hours a week=less Bs (bolivianos) per hour!). If you want a knowledgeable tutor, with lots of material, and an understanding of HOW to learn a a language, chose Pico Verde!
Where to Stay
1) Bacoo Hostel: This awesome hostel has both a Jacuzzi and a Spa. Weekly BBQ´s in a garden with hammocks, and a bar that is open every night. There is food available all day, as well as WiFi, and both a pool table, and pingpong table.
2) Viajero Hostel: In-house laundry service (awesome!), as well as internet, and an in-house travel agency, this hostel is ¨nothing special¨, but a decent place to crash for a few nights.
3) Bash n´Crash: A New Hostel, opened at the beginning of May, 2011, featuring a kitchen, internet, and a Party Feel. If you want to try something different from the Loki or Wild Rovers, but still want to be in the party scene, Bash n´Crash is for you!
There are three main hostels in La Paz, Bolivia.
1) The Wild Rover
- The Wild Rover is certainly a party hostel! Equiped with a full bar, and a true Irish spirit, if you want a place to get the party started in La Paz, the Rover is the place to be.
2) The Loki
- More of a party hostel than even the Rover, the Loki is equiped with a full Bar, and it´s own club like atmosphere. Serious partiers, lodge here.
3) The Adventure Brew Hostel (And ABH2)
- Those travellers who are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere should check out the Adventure Brew! Beautiful 4th floor Bar, with a chill, family feel, this is the place to stay if you want to go out at night, but still have somewhere peaceful to stay at night.
What to Eat
1) Maphrao On: Delicious dishes from thailand, India, and all of Asia. Delicious aromas waft from this unique restaurant, set with authentic artwork and a relaxed atmosphere.
2) La Guinguette: A combination of classical French cooking, and modern decoration. One of the newest Restaurants in La Paz, offers delicious food, and a bit of a cult following!
3) Swiss Fondue: Lauded as the worlds highest swiss fondue, it has a relaxed atmosphere with pictures of switzerland to make any and all chocolate conosurs feel right at home.
4) Arabica: The best coffe in La Paz. WiFi, newspapers & Magazines, and even a rotating art exhibition. This is the place to relax with a kaipirinha or a good coffee.
1) Marrakech: Traditional Moroccan food, combined with delicious aromas make this a relaxing place to grab a unique meal.
2) Asosan: Truelly Authentic Japanese cuisines. Everything from quality sushi platters, to teishokus, as well as teriyaki,and delicious curry.
3) Namas Te: Delicious and wholesome Vegetarian and Vegan cuisine. Coupled with a lively atmosphere, and unique art (as well as WiFi), making this one of the most relaxed places to enjoy La Paz.
4) Kansas City BBQ: Famous for their real pit BBQ, and slow smoked tender ribs (get there early, or there wont be any), they also feature juicy 1/3 lb gourmet burgers, delicious pizzas, and original sweet and spicy BBQ sauce.
More amazing restaurants in La Paz, Bolivia!
1) Tierra Sana: A newly opened vegetarian restaurant offering both Lunch, and dinner! Dig in!
2) Star of India: Boasted as the highest curry house in the world, this is the place to get your curry! They even have ¨The worlds hottest Vindaloo¨ that comes with a free t-shirt (if you finish it!).
3) El Lobo (The Wolf): Everything from traditional Bolivian food, to a variety of international dishes, also known for its delicious (and real) coffee!
4) Pizzeria Italia: Hands down the best pizza in La Paz. With multiple locations, and everything from llama meat, to fish, to traditional pizzas. Also serves coffee and a large selection of Beer and Wine!
There are many great restaurants in La Paz, from traditional Bolivian food, to Indian, English, American, and Asian cuisines.
1) The Steak House: If you are looking to sink your teeth into someof the best Steak this side of Argentina (and they even have real Argentinian Steak as well), the Steak House is the place to eat. A relaxed, western atmosphere, and great service (something somewhat lacking in Bolivia), if you are in La Paz, you need to eat here!
2) La Cueva: Delicious Mexican food to take you to the next level!
3) Sol y Luna: Dutch and international food is served here in a cozy enviroment. Live music and a pool table make this an excellent chill-spot.
4) Olivers Travels: Half Bar, Half restaurant, a very unique place to grab a bite and a beer!
Where to Party
Dancing / Discos / Clubs
1) Reineke Fuchs: Crazy name, and one of the oldest bars in La Paz. Offering a huge selection of liquors, and a variety of international beers, this German-Themed Pub is one of the best places to experience the nightlife of La Paz.
2) Irish Pub: A traditional Irish Pub with multiple floors, and meals all-night. Get your Guinness here!
3) Under Construction: A Brand new club in La Paz, offers live music, salsa nights, and famous DJ´s. Delicious cocktails make this a must-see for the nightlife lover.
4) Forum: Dress-up and hope you get in. This somewhat-exclusive club is open Friday & Saturday nights (and for special events). Getting in here is bragging rights.
La Paz has an amazing variety of bars and clubs, take your pick!
1) Mongos: Long-standing club that is very popular with travellers and tourists. They also serve great steak!
2) Hard Rock Cafe: Open all week long, and packed to the brim on weekends, this is a happening place to party and get your dance on!
3) Ttkos: Located underground in a trippy cave-style atmosphere, Ttkos has specialty nights every night of the week (except Monday!). Reggae Tuesdays (Awesome! Live bands!), Other reality Wednesdays, World Party Thursdays, Big Party Fridays, and saturdays! They also serve a special drink that comes in a bowl. Secret ingredients abound.
4) Blue House Club: Variety of music, crazy atmosphere, and a dress code! If you are in La Paz, and want to party, you have to check out the Blue House!
What to Avoid
Scams & Petty Theft
There are alot of taxi drivers that giving fake bills that are rolled inside of the real one...
it means that if you give 50 and you need to pay 20 you get bill of 10(real)that cover a bill of 20(fake).you can reconize the fake bill because its from plastic and its wrote on in Banco the Fortuna instead of Banco the Bolivia.