La Paz, Bolivia Guide

La Paz, Bolivia Guide.

La Paz, Bolivia GuideLa Paz, officially known as Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace), is the seat of government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the Presidential Palace and seat of the Bolivian executive power, and numerous government departments and agencies. With an estimated 789,541 residents as of 2015, La Paz is the third-most populous city in Bolivia; after Santa Cruz de la Sierra and El Alto. 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 2.3 million. The city is also an important cultural centre 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. The city is renowned for its unique markets and for its vibrant nightlife. La Paz is 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. Overlooking the city is the towering, triple-peaked Illimani. Its peaks are always snow-covered and can be seen from many parts of the city. At an elevation of roughly 3,650 m (11,975 ft) 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. Credit: Wikipedia.

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