The Prado Capsule Hostel is located in the marvelous city of La Paz, at 3,600 masl, in one of the busiest areas, commerce, business and daily life in La Paz.
The Prado Capsule Hostel is found on the avenida 16 de julio in the district known as the ‘Paseo del Prado’ (Prado Avenue), connecting Avenidas Mariscal Santa Cruz and Villazón in the central district of La Paz City. This La Paz stretch was formerly known as ‘el Paseo de la Alameda’, a tree lined avenue which was a meeting place for olden day ladies and gentlemen. (old and current photo of El Prado)
El Prado possesses a sculptural heritage and its surroundings are home to sculptures erected in honour of Simón Bolívar, Liberator of the Americas and the first President of Bolivia; Antonio José de Sucre, Liberator of the Americas and the second President of Bolivia; and Cristóforo Colombo and Cristóbal Colón. At the same time you can appreciate the ornamental Madre Patria and de la Juventud sculptures, amongst other historical attractions.
The district in which our hostel is located provides visitors with all the services they could need. The Pumakatari bus stop is located a few metres away, as well as the bus transfer station. Equally, 2 teleferico stations are close by, connecting the city centre to the south zone as well as the city of El Alto.
A diversity of public transport abounds on the Avenida 16 de julio (micros, trufis, taxis, radio taxis and minibuses), which also connect the city centre to the south zone and the city of El Alto as well as to the Bus Terminal and Airport.
What to visit in La Paz?
La Paz possesses buildings, monuments and emblematic places that you won’t be able to stop looking at. The San Francisco Basilica - a baroque, mestizo style church constructed in 1549; is one of them. Another very popular place to visit is the Witches’ Market where the worlds of witchcraft and Aymara medicine converge. In this curious place you can find amulets, medicine and herbs as well as clothes and artesanal objects originating from the Andean mountains. You can’t forget to visit Plaza Murillo either, where the centre of Bolivian political power is found and which is home to the most important buildings in the country such as the Legislative and Government Palaces. (Photos of San Francisco, the Witches’ Market and Murillo Square)
The city of La Paz has unending entertainment options for all tastes. One of these is the Urban Rush tourist attraction that will test your adrenaline levels with a 50 metre descent as well as a spectacular view from the 17th floor of one of the most central buildings in the city.
Valley of the Moon
The Valley of the Moon is located 10 kilometres from the city centre, and gained its name due to giving visitors the sensation of being in a small tundra of the Moon. The Valley of the Moon is a product of natural erosion generated by wind, rain and subterranean waters that have warped the structure of materials and deposits originating in the name the ‘Badlands’. The Valley of the Moon is a landscape characterised by canyons, rills, cliffs, gullies, canals and other geographic forms.
To get to the the Valley of the Moon from the city centre, it’s suggested to to take one of the minibuses 231-273, which can be taken in Calle México, or the number 11 bus (Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz). (Photo of the Valley of the Moon)
If you want to get out of the city, you can travel 1 ½ hours along the Pan-American highway (which connects Bolivia to neighbouring Peru) into the La Paz altiplano, where you will find the archeological ruins of Tiwanaku, a culture which accomplished important developments in science, technology, agriculture and architecture between the years 1500 BC to 1200 AD. Buses that take tourists depart every half hour from the general cemetery district of the city. Visiting hours to the ruins are between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Due to Tiwanaku’s close proximity to La Paz City, tourists can do the round trip in one day. (Photo of Tiahuanaco)
Lake Titicaca and Copacabana
Bolivia is home to Lake Titicaca, one of the highest salt water lakes in the world at 3,810 metres above sea level, with one part of the lake corresponding to Bolivia and the other to Peru. The Bolivian side of the lake is located in the Department of La Paz, 3 horas bus ride from the city. Buses and minibuses that provide service from the city depart from the general cemetery district, with fares ranging between 15 and 25 bolivianos. (Photograph of the Lake)
The La Paz department possesses magical and captivating geographic diversity as its attractions are not only limited to the beautiful altiplano, but also include the warmth of the rainforest. Without doubt, the Yungas will catch the gaze of tourists who enjoy the tropics, the jungle and extreme sports.
The trip to the Yungas begins by arriving at one of the peaks of the Cordillera Real, at an altitude of 4,500 metres above sea level. From there, you slowly descend down a new wide, asphalted highway, passing through the mist, mountains and green valleys until arriving in Coroiro, a Yungueño town located at 1,782 metres above sea level, situated on a plateau on the flanks of the Uchumach mountain and surrounded by coffee plantations, citrus trees and forests.
There are several ways to get to Coroico - public or private transport, by doing the famous Camino del Inca (“el Choro” trek) as well as by bicycle.
Public buses depart from the Minasa Provincial Terminal (Villa Fatima district) and while not having a fixed schedule, buses depart every hour with the travel time to Coroico 3 hours. The first bus leaves around 6 a.m. and the last at 6:00 p.m., however it’s not recommended to travel later than 5:00 p.m. due to the fog and snow.
One of the most recommended options for adventure lovers is the Death Road bike tour, down the old access road to the Yungas. The Death Road begins at la Cumbre and goes all the way to Yolosa, located in the tropical Amazon zone. This bicycle descent is done in groups of 10 to 15 people led by experts, and the adventure takes around 7 hours on a mountain bike.
Besides biking, you can also enjoy rafting, kayaking and mountain climbing - outdoor recreational activities for those tourists who enjoy adrenaline fueled moments. (Photograph of the Death Road bicycle descent)