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After soaking in the immense beauty of nature’s wonders that surround Uyuni, it’s time to explore one of the country’s capitals. Sitting at an altitude of 3,640 meters, La Paz is the highest capital in the entire world!
When traveling the 524 kilometer (326 mile) distance between Uyuni and La Paz, you have one option. You can travel on an overnight bus that will take you from Uyuni to the capital in less than 10 hours. All departures are scheduled late in the evening, so you’ll arrive fresh and rested in La Paz.
You can visit La Paz at any time of the year, but keep in mind that winters here are very humid. The best time to visit La Paz is between late April and early September because these months are warmer and less humid compared to the other parts of the year.
All buses that travel from Uyuni to La Paz are overnight, so there won’t be much to see outside of your window as you travel. You’ll arrive in La Paz early in the morning, the perfect time to grab one of the city’s breakfast delights.
During your stay in La Paz, there are many interesting and bizarre things to see and do. Start off by exploring the Plaza San Francisco, Basilica de San Francisco, and Plaza Murillo to get a feel of the city’s energy.
If there’s one thing you must see while you’re here, it’s Cholita Wrestling. This one of a kind event features Bolivian women jumping in a ring and battling each other wearing the most outrageous outfits and doing even crazier stunts. These shows are organized every Thursday and Sunday afternoon in the city next to La Paz, El Alto.
If that’s not weird enough for you, there’s another place that will surprise you even more! For those who are searching for wealth, a love potion, a lucky charm, or traditional natural medicine, the famous witches market is the place to go. Here, you’ll find some of the most extraordinary items to purchase, such as spiritual advice, and all different kinds of plants.
One of the city’s biggest tourist attractions is the massive cable car system, Mi Teleferico, that will take you from fancy suburbs like Zona Sur to the neighboring El Alto. All that while seeing the entire city from the air.
The town’s largest food market, Mercado Rodriguez, is where you’ll get a taste of the real Bolivia. While you shop for fresh delights here, you’ll feel like you walked into a hectic parallel universe where locals battle for your attention and bargain like there’s no tomorrow. If you’re looking for something other than food, then visit the Mercado 16 de Julio, a flea market in El Alto, where you can find everything you can and can’t imagine.
Just outside of the city, you’ll find the spectacular Valle de La Luna, a unique area with a labyrinth of eroded giant rock formations.
La Paz has a rich culture and many museums where you can learn about it. If you want to learn more about local traditions, the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (MUSEF) is the place for you. For those who are into contemporary art, Plaza Museum of Contemporary Art is a must-visit attraction. If you want to see an impressive collection of pre-Colombian precious metals, Museum de Metales Preciosos should be on your list of things to see.
Lake Titicaca is just 72 kilometers outside of the city. Near the southeastern shore of the lake, you’ll come across Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tiwanaku used to be the capital of the powerful pre-Hispanic empire that dominated the area of southern Andes between 500 and 900 AD. There are many tours starting from La Paz that will take you to Tiwanaku.
La Paz is also known for its tasty street food and a vibrant nightlife. Go out to a cozy pub, or visit one of the all-night dance parties. Finish your night out with a tasty choripan, a tasty snack made out of sausage wrapped into a piece of bread.
The fastest way to get from Uyuni to La Paz is on a Standard Bus by Trans Titicaca Bolivia which usually takes 9 hours to arrive and costs $33.
The cheapest way to get from Uyuni to La Paz is on a Tourist Bus by Uyuni Panasur, which costs $31 and takes around 9 hours and 30 minutes to arrive.
The most popular way to get from Uyuni to La Paz is on a Tourist Bus by Uyuni Panasur which takes 9 hours and 30 minutes to arrive and costs $31.
Traveling on a bus between La Paz and Uyuni is a convenient way to get to the country’s capital. The journey takes between 9 and 10 hours, and all buses travel overnight. For travelers on a budget, this is a great way to save on accommodation too. Buses are well-equipped with reclining seats, blankets, A/C, TV, and toilets on board. Drivers will make frequent stops for rest and food during your journey.
There are approximately 2 buses leaving from Uyuni to La Paz every day.