La Paz, Bolivia

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La Paz
The region of La Paz comprises about 134,000 square kilometers and is located on the western border of Bolivia, sharing Lake Titicaca with Peru. It is in this region that is the majestic Real Mountain range, that reaches altitudes of 6,6 kilometers (4.1 miles). To the northeast of the Cordillera Real are located the Yungas, the steep eastern slopes of the Andes that make the transition to the Amazon basin. The capital of this region is the city of La Paz and is the administrative headquarters of the city and government of Bolivia.
Tourism
The region of La Paz, Bolivia, has much to offer travelers with generous servings. In addition to the city itself, the surroundings offer unmissable sightseeing options.
 
Tiwanaku, which was the focus of this culture and its main ceremonial center, is located less than 80 km km from the city of La Paz and 20 km from Lake Titicaca. One can also get to know the Copacabana Church located in the city of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca and many colonial churches and rural villages. In the church of the Village of Calamarca the paintings of Los Angeles of Calamarca stand out.

It is a must visit to visit the valleys and plains are in the North, the Yungas, the producing region par excellence of coca, sugar cane, coffee, cocoa, whose centers are Chulumani, Coroico and Caranavi.

Another very sought after point is the route of an old road that goes from La Paz to the city of Coroico, already in the Bolivian Amazon. The world famous Death Road, or "the most dangerous road in the world."
Gastronomy
The region of La Paz, with the capital of the region, the city of La Paz and its metropolitan area, are currently the most important reference for cultural activity of Bolivian nationality. The essential component of this "culture" is necessarily an important issue for all the peoples of the world: the agricultural reality of their fields.

There are certainly many more factors involved in determining what you eat at each location. Some with more luck and others less, have managed to develop culinary concepts that give global presence and followers of their techniques and combinations of flavors.

In essence, the cuisine in this region is an Aymara cuisine, which in some cases involve fusions with Spanish or mainly European culinary concepts and other new creations of recent data, prepared by Aymara cooks, who tastefully interpret their world of one peculiar way.

There is another essential component in the history of cooking is that of the influence of the Catholic Church in imposing some culinary themes.
Weather
La Paz offers multiple micro-climates according to the altitude of each zone. While the city center is 3,650 meters above sea level, the area of ​​Aranjuez is at 3,300 m.

El Alto (where the international airport is located) is at 4,082 m. The average temperature in winter is 15ºC (59ºF) and 22ºC (72ºF) in summer. In summer, rain falls most evenings. In winter, the days are a bit colder, but the sky is clearer and sunny.
Currency
The Bolivian
Official language
The main language spoken is Spanish, although Aymara and Quechua are also common. In addition, 34 other indigenous languages ​​are official.
Documentation required
Documents

Passport is required by all travelers except the following:

Travelers with national identity cards issued by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
Travelers with a "Diplomatic Pass" issued by the United Nations.
Travelers with documents issued to refugees and persons without nationality or citizenship.

Passports or alternative documents must be valid for at least 1 year, upon arrival.

Visa

Issued by the Consulates of Bolivia (or consular section of the Embassies)
Application requirements:
One photo size of the passport.
Completed application form.
Passport valid for at least 1 year.
Fee payable in cash or check.
Return flight ticket and travel itinerary as proof of travel.
Certificate of vaccination against yellow fever may be required.
For Specific Stays Visa, other than tourism, a letter of presentation from the relevant company or institution as proof of business intentions and the dates of travel.
Copy of confirmation of hotel reservations. If staying with friends or family, an invitation letter from the host in Bolivia can be used instead of hotel reservation. The letter should be addressed to the Embassy of Bolivia, and should indicate the relationship with the applicant, the dates of the visit, as well as the address and telephone number where you will be staying.

Time needed to issue visas
1 to 2 days for nationals requiring tourist visas without special authorization.
Approximately 6 weeks for all other citizens who require a tourist visa and special authorization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia.
 
Visas must be required by everyone, provided they travel for tourism purposes, except:
From the countries mentioned above.
Nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco , New Zealand, Netherlands Antilles, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City;
Passengers in transit (except China nationals) who continue their journey on the same or first plane within 24 hours provided they have valid one-way or return documentation and do not leave the airport.

note:
All citizens traveling on business need a Specific Purpose Visa.
Nationals who do not require a tourist visa are generally allowed to stay for a period of 30-90 days, check with the Consulates of Bolivia (or consular section of the embassies).
In addition to a visa, citizens of many countries also need special authorization; check in the Consulates of Bolivia (or consular section of the Embassies).
Health care
In Bolivia the services of public hospitals are quite poor, while private hospitals have good facilities.

Before leaving, it is advisable to take health and travel insurance to cover any medical expenses.

No vaccine is required. Vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis is recommended for those who intend to travel to the Amazon or the tropical zone to the east of the country.
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