La Paz Journals

Coca Travels

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A travel journal to La Paz by SeenThat

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Coca Travels

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Attraction | "The Interview"

Coca Travels Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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If arriving from the Andean Plateau, the first sight of La Paz is unforgettable. The ground drops hundreds of feet, creating a wide amphitheatre surrounding the northern side of the Mount Illimani, one of the highest in the Americas. "La Hoyada" (the hole) – as locals call it – is completely constructed of precarious brick and adobe houses clinging to cliffs at the most unexpected and dangerous places, especially in the remote areas. Every year, a few houses slide down during the rainy sea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 17, 2010

Pepe's Coffee Bar

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Restaurant | "On Altitude Coffee and Mate de Coca"

Pepe's Coffee Bar Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Its location along one of the narrowest alleys in La Paz ensures a quiet and pleasant stay. This is surprising, since it is meters from Santa Cruz and Sagarnaga streets, both remarkably noisy. Moreover, being the only coffee shop in this side of the alley makes it the perfect meeting point. Pepe’s is located within an eighty year-old structure built in Spanish colonial style. It is a protected building, meaning its exterior cannot be changed. Yet, the regulations allowed the addition of tasteful inner arches which crate interesting and pleasant angles. The walls are decorated with original pai...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 17, 2010

Pepe's Coffee Bar
894, Jimenez Street
La Paz, Bolivia
+591 612 245-0788

Mama Coca

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Attraction | "A Feast of Color"

Mama Coca Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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The small shop is unavoidable. It occupies the inner corner of the Jimenez Alley – not far from Pepe’s and Coca Travels – and it can be reached from Sagarnaga and Santa Cruz streets. Most of its merchandise is visible from the street. Well, almost so, the altitude sun causes colors to fade away, enjoying the masks from the street is impossible. Only from inside the incredible merchandise can be fully appreciated. Mama Coca sells Carnival masks, designed and modelled by the owner. Due to the nature of the work, it is possible to contact Cecilia and her husband Eddy Valdez also when t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 17, 2010

Mama Coca
872, Jimenez Street
La Paz

Alexander Coffee

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Restaurant | "Jalapeño Blues"

Alexander Coffee Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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While in New Mexico, I did enjoy the jalapeño, which is used therein a wide range of dishes. "Christmas" they call it when the red and green varieties are combined in a single plate. Having been far from there for a while, the "jalapeño omelet" offered at Alexander Coffee caught my attention. Ordering it was unavoidable.I was out for a big breakfast; a single omelet wouldn’t have probably qualified for that. Studying the menu and interlacing it with my memories, I added hash browns and a "cortado." Overall, the result was very similar to one of the breakfasts offered at Helena...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2010

Alexander Coffee
Potosí Street corner Socobaya
La Paz, Bolivia

Inca's Room

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Hotel | "Why Here?"

Inca's Room Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Bolivia – especially La Paz – is developing fast, to the extant that large parts of downtown are under construction. In this mood, the Inca’s Room was inaugurated on January 1, 2010. I did visit it on several opportunities and found one of the best Bolivian hotels in its class.Inca’s Room is located on Illampu Street between Graneros and Plaza Eguino. Illampu Street is the main backpackers’ area in town, providing easy access to the Witches Market, Sagarnaga Street and adjacent attractions. Graneros Street is a large – and steep – clothes market, while Plaza Eguino is one of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2010

Inca's Room
Calle Illampu Nro 670 - Zona Central
La Paz, Bolivia
+591-2-2451747

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