Information & Facts
The weather in La Paz is usually bright and sunny all year
round, but in summer rain occurs in showers most afternoons.
Temperatures year round are cool to mild, the average in summer
being 72°F (22°C) and in winter 59°F (15°C).
La Paz is a small city with one main road running along the
bottom of the valley, and satellite streets reaching up the sides
of the canyon. It can be explored on foot, unless you find the
hillsides a bit tiring in the high altitude. There are buses and
mini-buses plying various routes, and plenty of taxis available.
Transport is extremely cheap. Expect to pay at most $1 for any
journey within the city.
Spanish is the official language, but only 60 to 70% of
the people actually speak it, and then often only as a second
language. The other main languages are Quechua and
The official currency is the Boliviano (BOB), which is divided
into 100 centavos, and is tied to the US Dollar. Money can be
exchanged at exchange bureaux called
casio de cambiosin the main centres, at banks and hotels.
Banking facilities are good in the main cities and ATMs cater for
Visa, Cirrus and MasterCard. Many hotels and other tourist-oriented
institutions accept US Dollars. Major credit cards, including
MasterCard, Diners, Visa and American Express, are accepted in the
bigger hotels, restaurants and shops. Travellers cheques can be
casio de cambiosin the major cities and are best taken in
US Dollars to avoid additional charges.