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* The '''Self-guided Public Transport Tour'''. The best way to see the real La Paz is to jump on and off public transport minibuses and micros at random, go to the end of the line, turn around and jump off at any place that looks interesting. There is no way to get lost and each jump on and off costs about $US 0.15. Buy fruit and so on along the way and talk to people in the periferal zones. Quite safe.
*<see name="Lucha Libre de Cholitas" alt="" address="Polifunctional de la Ceja, El Alto" directions="From San Francisco, take any mini-bus bound to Ceja and stop 200m after the autopista toll." phone="" url="" hours="4pm" price="Bs 50" lat="" long="">The tourist entry ticket is pricier but includes some snacks and souvenirs. The show starts around 5pm with men fighting for the 1st hour before letting the Cholitas on the ring. You can go there with a tour or on your own with a mini-bus (Bs 2).</see>
[[Image:La paz valle luna.jpg |thumb|200px|Moon Valley (''Valle de la Luna'') in La Paz]]
*<eat name="Glam" alt="" address="Sanchez Lima Nº 2237" directions="" phone="+ 591 2 2423446" url="" hours="" price="85Bs" lat="" long="">High-end international cuisine at a price to match. The food is excellent, and the surroundings live up to the name, but you won't get much change from 400Bs for two people (including wine and dessert). Despite describing itself as a "jazz lounge", the resident DJ has never heard of Chet Baker, Miles Davis or John Coltrane, and seems to prefer elevator music ... though with a little prodding can be persuaded to put something more tolerable on.</eat>
*<eat name="Sergiu's Pizza" alt="" address="Calle 20 de Octubre, 7" directions="down Plaza del Estudiante" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Yummy cheap pizzas (12 bs for a big slice) and kebabs ("giros" - 10 bs)</eat>
*<eat name="Pescaderia Palacio Real" alt="" address="Calle Jimenez" directions="Just left of Calle Jimenez 626" phone="" url="" hours="" price=">Bs20" lat="" long="">Good value restaurant, packed with local just a few blocs from Calle Murillo. Fast service, tasty and cheap food in a popular atmosphere. Different kind of fishes available. Fried trucha with rice and patatoes costs Bs22 (Much better than in Copacabana).</eat>
* '''Mongo's''', Hermanos Manchego 2444. Since 1995 has remained one of the most popular places for travellers with a good mix of locals. It's a lively atmosphere every night of the week at this place. Open from 6PM-3:30AM. Serving the best in global cuisine, and well priced. Be careful, though, as many tourists (as of July 2009) have reported being duped by being charged much higher prices for drinks than listed on the menu. Check your bill carefully! Unfortunately because of it's popularity with tourists, Mongos has attracted pick-pockets as of late. A common trick to for a Bolivian to 'drunkenly' hug you in the bar, while he takes your phone/wallet/valuables from your pockets.
* '''Forum''', (''near Plaza Espana''). Bolivian hangout and a proper disco venue, the other one is called Soundbar. Very dressed up Bolivians frequent the establishment. Worth a look if you're missing a big club with big pretensions.
The most popular day trips from La Paz are to [[Tiwanaku]], [[Chacaltaya]], and [[Lake Titicaca]] (buses leave near the cemetery), though the latter (especially [[Copacabana]]) is pushing it a bit in terms of time.
Another popular daytrip If by this point you’ve already seen part of the city, the museums, the streets, the markets, the clubs, partying at the backpacker hostels, and feel like you need a break from it, you might as well want go out of the city for a full-day activity, more to be clear: adventure activity: the World’s Most Dangerous Road.This world-famous road, starts in the barren heights of the Andes, and descends past glaciers, waterfalls, and incredible views of the valley, deep into the lush Amazon Basin. Incredible adrenaline rush, unlike any other place on earth, a really beautiful scenario. La Paz has plenty of companies that provide this biking service, but one of the most remarkable companies to go with its Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking.It’s a full day trip, starting at 7:30,the guides of Gravity pick you up at café Alexander, this one is located on the bike main street El Prado just a few steps from Plaza del Estudiante.From the café, it’s around 45 minutes to 1 hour bus ride down up to the world's most dangerous roadtop: La Cumbre, North Yungas Road this is the highest point (you are at 4700 metters above sea level) and by that is one of the coldest, so for this part you’ll want to wear lots of layers of clothing to begin with it. The guides will introduce themselves and tell you abit about the day.kYou´ll get a chance to know the group as well.aWeather permitting you’ll have views of mountain peaks, glaciers and the beautiful high altitude landscape. '''Death Road'''Your guides will introduce you to your bike: Kona, double suspension with Hayes hydraulic disk brakes, big Marzocchi Fork, and smooth Fox shock, and they will also give you the rest of the equipment you need to use for the trip, helmet, googles, jacket and pants windproof, gloves, waterproof jacket (if it’s rainy season)and the transit vest. It's You’ll get time to practice a bit more on your bike around La Cumbre, the guides will give you a 64 big safety speech on how to ride safely and useful riding techniques. The guides all fully trained bike mechanics so they will help you out if you have any problems with your bike or anything you may wonder during the trip.The first 22 km long scenic ride downhill are on the asphalt road, this way it will give you time to get used to the bike before you get to [[Coroico]]the World’s Most Dangerous Road. There was an average of 100 motor fatalities will be a guide in the front and a year (though guide in the ten years back of the group at all times, and behind everyone will be the support vehicle, where you can store your things, and that companies also has all of the tools, rescue and first aid equipment on it.  The guides ride along with you, so if you have been biking down any questions or concerns as you are going, then you can ask at one of the many stops along the way. At each of the stops, the guides will tell you what´s coming up in the next section and give you any coaching or riding tips they think you may need.At the end of the asphalt section, there is a police checkpoint where the municipality of Coroico charges you a 25bs tourist roadtax that everyone who goes through there needs to pay. So, you´ll need to bring cash for that. After the police checkpoint there have only been 12 biking fatalities)is a path of 8km uphill that you can pass through in the bike or in the support vehicule.After the uphill part is the start of the World’s Most Dangerous Road, which is the last 44 km, on a world recorddirt and gravel road, along the way you´ll dip into the cloud forest, mostly due to go under some waterfalls and through a couple of rivers into the Bolivian driving style than to jungle. The first couple of sections are shorter, so the guides can keep a close watch on everyone and make sure all are doing well. There isn’t much traffic on this road itself. Although it's , as there is now a narrownew, winding paved road , which most vehicles take. The entire time on bike is around 4-5 hours, which includes around 15 stops. Two of these are for snacks and the rest are for the group to get together – as there are two guides with big drops on each group, one in front and one in back, you can go whatever speed you feel comfortable- and the guide will give you any information/advice you need about the next part of the sideroad – whether it’s narrow, wide, sharp corners, going down by bike etc… Also, the bus is probably behind you all day, so if you ever want to get in it, you can, or if you want to take off layers/change clothes during the stops, you can, as it’s quite cold at the safest way top, and normally warm –shorts and t-shirt weather- at the bottom.One of the guides has a camera and will take over 100 photos and 6 videos of the trip and the group. This trip has a very nice ending at La Senda Verde, a really cool animal refuge, where there are lots of different kinds of monkeys, birds, turtles, coatis, a bear, and a snake. The animals have been rescued from the illegal pet trade and put back in to their natural environment and only Gravity supports the refuge. The animals are used to people and you do get the chance to [[Coroico]] play with the monkeys. When you arrive you will get a free t-shirt of Gravity and a glass of beer for finishing the ride. La Senda Verde also has hot showers and they provide you with towels, soap and shampoo so don’t forget to take a complete change of clothing including shoes for after the ride. Then there are several is a buffet of salads and homemade organic pastas, as much as you want to eat. The volunteers will give you a tour agents of the extensive grounds and information on the various animals, if you would like as well. Normally they spend about 1.5-2 hours at LSV where you can also use the swimming pool if you like.Normally, weather permitting, Gravity returns to La Paz via the WMDR, so you can enjoy the views and the guides will tell you all the scary stories you didn´t want to hear on the way down, on the way back up, but sometimes in rainy season, they return by the new road. Normally you’re back in La Paz offering the tripbetween 7:30-9:30.
For a safer and more relaxed trip to Yungas, you may want to take the South Yungas Road that leads to Chulumani by bus. Around 36 km up the South Yungas Road you will find a surprise: a European castle, built in the 1930s, emerges in the middle of the coca and flower growing region. It´s a treat because the people who run the castle/hotel have built many narrow roads for hiking through mountains and mountain cascades. Much calmer and relaxing than Coroico. The hotel is called the Hotel y Parque Ecologico el Castillo del Loro.
You can head to [[Quime]] for some good trekking, [[Uyuni]] for the world's largest salt flats or [[Rurrenabaque]] for pampas and Madidi national park.
Looks like La Paz has a lot of things to go on… but there are even more!
Another activity to do, if you have some time to kill in the afternoon, or feel like exploring the city a bit, it’s Urban Rush.
17 stories, 50 meters or 163 feet, sounds a bit too much? Maybe, but for those adrenaline adventurers looking for new stories to tell at home, this is just the next step.
Rappel/abseil down the most centric building with a straight view of the center of La Paz.
With barely 8 months functioning this brand new activity gives you a whole different perspective of things to do in La Paz, and a very “literately” different type of view from one of the highest cities of Bolivia.
Before get this adventure going, the guides at Urban Rush give you the proper training in two different areas, one of them is a 2 meter wall inside the building so you can practice runs on, that way you’ll feel more comfortable and ready to go.
After your practice is done, it’s time to jump out the window .Take your time to catch a bit of courage, take a deep breath and slowly put one feet next to the other on the edge of the window, remember all the training and the tips the guides told you and you’ll have nothing to be worried about, all the equipment and the structure is 100% safe and exceeds all international security standards.
The guides control the descent with a 2 brake rope system, and they can stop you at any time during your descent if it is needed. So you can enjoy the activity as it's happening.
Once you reach the 6th floor you can try the free fall, want you have to do is spread your arms and jump against the wall, by the time you are on the air, the guide will be letting to rope loose and you’ll be falling down very fast, like a bungee jump; before you get to the platform falling down the guide will pull the rope again to break you.
Urban Rush is open every day of the week from 1pm – 5pm.
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