La Paz is the seat of government and the de facto national capital of the State of Bolivia (the constitutional capital of Bolivia is Sucre). Its metropolitan area, which is formed by La Paz, El Alto and Viacha, makes up the most populous urban area in Bolivia, with a population of 2.5 million. The city, located in west-central Bolivia 68 km (42 mi) southeast of Lake Titicaca, is set in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River. It is located in a bowl-like depression surrounded by the high mountains of the Altiplano. At an elevation of roughly 3,650 m above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. Due to its altitude, La Paz has an unusual subtropical highland climate, with rainy summers and dry winters. La Paz is also an important cultural center of Latin America, as it hosts several landmarks belonging to the colonial times, such as the San Francisco Church, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Plaza Murillo and the Jaén Street. La Paz wheelchair access is poor and those with a mobility impairment must do serious planning to visit this amazing city.
Attractions and Opportunities
Malecon La Paz
Museo de Antropogia a Historia de Baja California Sur
Museo de La Ballena
Playa El Coromuel