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La Paz is the administrative capital of Bolivia, while Sucre is the constitutional capital (the seat of the Supreme Court (Corte Suprema de Justicia)). La Paz was established in 1542, and is located in the Andes mountains. Altitude of the city ranges from about 3900 meters (12,795 feet) above sea level (where the airport is located) to 3100 meters (10,170 feet) in the lower residential area; that makes it the highest national capital in the world.
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"Nuestra Señora de La Paz or Chuquiago Marka or Chuqiyapu (Aymara: "chuqi" = gold, "yapu" = farm) is the administrative capital of Bolivia ,as well as the departmental capital of La Paz Department."
"The capital of Bolivia, La Paz is worthy of visiting even without its altitude."
"The most influential Pre-Columbian cultures were the Tiahuanaco, who were based around Lake Titicaca and who ruled the region between AD 600-1200, and the Incas, who headed a vast empire comprising most of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and northern Chile."
"to your itinerary: I would include a night in the oasis of Huacachina (Ica) For Bolivia: La Paz -go up to Chacaltaya -do not miss the markets -be very careful when you arrive/leave in the Cementerio region from/to Copacabana -do a search for fake policemen on this forum (also an issue in Peru) Tarija -would skip it -go straight from Villazon to Tupiza Sucre -add Potosi -do a mine tour Sorata Cochabamba -would skip it -not really too interesting as a city Tupiza/Salar de Uyuni/Laguna Verde/Laguna Colorada -awesome Lake Titicaca -stay overnight on Isla del Sol Samaipata -would skip it -no too spectacular and way too farout of the way I would add: the Yungas -go to Coroico or Chulumani -incredible scenery (sorata is in the Yungas ,but its surrounding is dry -no cloud forest like around the other two cities)."
"Here you’ll find (from north to south) Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku, La Paz, Oruro, Sucre, Potosi, Salar de Uyuni and Tupiza."
"The La Paz Department is situated at the western border of Bolivia, sharing Lake Titicaca with Peru."
"Some parts of Bolivia like La Paz (3650), Potosí (4010), Oruro (3950) and the Lake Titicaca region are high altitude, so adequate precautions against "soroche" altitude sickness should be taken."
"Beginning about the 2nd century B.C., the Tiwanakan culture developed at the southern end of Lake Titicaca."
"In the off season you can bring your own skis or board and walk up the slopes, but the altitude will be a problem and people will advise you not to ski because of icy and exposed slopes."
"It's a really buzzy place and just walking around might be challenging because of the altitude, especially if you're arriving from low altitudes."
"With its colourful seething crowds, steep streets and stairway sightseeing, La Paz will leave more you short of breath even if the altitude doesn’t."
"The amount of silver found in the Cerro Rico was enough to create a city bigger than London and richer than Paris at an altitude of 4000 meters, and is believed to have fired off the industrial revolution in Western Europe."
"Altitude of the city ranges from about 3900 meters (12,795 feet) above sea level (where the airport is located) to 3100 meters (10,170 feet) in the lower residential area; that makes it the highest national capital in the world."
"Due the the high altitude in which the city is located, cold and dry temperatures are a common throughout the year, specially in winter time where the temperature can reach -5ºC (23ºF)."
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