La Paz is one of the world’s most unique large cities, partly due to its extreme altitude and never-changing climate. It’s scenic, friendly, and a bit exotic due to it being hard to access for outsiders until recently.

This is one of the more affordable large cities in South America, with good bargain hotel rooms and very cheap hostel beds. The main attractions are also very cheap by international standards, so the flight to La Paz itself is likely to be the main cost concern.

Food and drinks can be found in nearly all price ranges, with authentic local dishes being very affordable and filling, while dishes in tourist restaurants can be rather pricey.

La Paz prices


10 BOB = 1.45 USD

La Paz facts

Population 900,000
Metro area 2,400,000
Time zone UTC-4
Currency Bolivian boliviano
Airports El Alto International Airport (LPB)

La Paz hotel prices

Rating Price (USD)
17.00 - 39.00
26.00 - 44.00
34.00 - 120.00
70.00 - 138.00
125.00 - 134.00

Hotel seasons


Since the weather in La Paz never really changes the hotel seasons are based on external factors. Generally the high season runs from May through August or September, and the rest of the year is considered the low season.

La Paz hostel prices

Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
58.36 - 11.58

La Paz attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Museum San Francisco This popular museum houses much of Bolivia's historical artifacts and more. adults 2.91
students 0.73
seniors 0.73
Coca Museum This small and unusual museum discusses the cocaine trade and war on drugs. adults 2.18
Museum of Contemporary Art Bolivia's largest contemporary art museum also has a free amateur wing downstairs. adults 2.18

La Paz transportation prices USD

Taxi from airport to city center 10.17
Shared van from airport to city center 0.55
3km taxi ride in La Paz 0.87 - 2.91
Public bus ride in La Paz 0.19 - 0.51

La Paz food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast If your hotel doesn't include breakfast you've got plenty of cheap options in the neighborhood. 2.33 - 3.63
Budget lunch You'll find plenty of local sandwiches and other street and fast-food options in the city center. 3.05 - 5.81
Budget dinner Even sit-down meals tend to be very affordable if you avoid the touristy places. 4.65 - 8.72
Beer (.33l bottle) Local beers in non-fancy bars and restaurants are very cheap, but in nightclubs the price goes way up, of course. 0.87 - 1.74

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Avg temps & precip


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Due to its extremely high altitude and being surrounded by mountains, the weather in La Paz barely changes through the whole year. Every day is pleasantly cool and every night is cold but not freezing. The rainy season is December through mid March, but even then it rarely amounts to much.

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