We’re proud to announce that Pirwa La Paz is now open and accepting reservations! We’re sorry to have closed last month, but we think that our new and improved location was worth the wait. Now, you’ll find us just two blocks from Sopocachi cable car station, meaning that you can reach us quickly and cheaply from the airport.
The Sopocachi zone of La Paz is modern, safe, and complete with the amenities that travelers need: we’re conveniently located near two banks and a supermarket, with 8 ATMs within a 200 meter distance. There are quality restaurants nearby, and the area boasts some of the best nightlife in La Paz. Also nearby is Montículo Park and the Museum of Contemporary Art. You can learn more about the area in our previous post on What to Do in Sopocachi, the Artistic District of La Paz.
Because we know that it’s important to our guests, the Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the hostel, on al l three floors. You can serve yourself some complimentary coca tea to help you adjust to the altitude as you connect with your family back home and share your travel stories. If you’re not traveling with a device, you can make use of our guest computer in order to access the internet.
Guests can choose among 2-, 4-, and 8-bed shared dormitories with shared bathrooms. These rooms have large lockers where you can safely store your backpack. (There is also a lock-box in reception for more valuable items.) Or, if you prefer a little more privacy, there’s also a married double room with shared bath that boasts an excellent view of the city. Another choice would be the deluxe married double, a suite with queen-sized bed, plasma TV, seating area, and private bathroom complete with bathtub. This final room has a sofa which can be converted into a sofa bed, allowing us to accommodate couples with children. Reservations in the private rooms include soap and towels, but in the shared dormitories you should bring your own.
Reservations in Pirwa La Paz include a buffet breakfast with local breads, fruits, cereals, yogurt, coffee, tea and juices. If you prefer a hot component, there is the option of adding eggs at a small cost. You can make use of the guest kitchen in order to prepare snacks and other meals- perhaps you can even experiment a bit with local ingredients!
There are two terraces where you can enjoy the sunshine and a view of the city and the mountains. Smokers can make use of these spaces, since the hostel’s interior is non-smoking in order to ensure the comfort of fellow guests.
How to get to Pirwa La Paz
The fastest and cheapest way to reach central La Paz from El Alto airport is to go by cable car. After leaving the airport, board a Yellow Line cable car at Ciudad Satélite Station and then disembark at Sopocachi Station, which is located just two and a half blocks from our hostel in La Paz. Go south on M. de Cervantes for two blocks, then turn left onto Ricardo Mujía. Pirwa La Paz is located halfway down the block. (As a reference, we’re half a block from FORUM.)
Cable cars are La Paz’s version of a metro; because the city’s terrain varies steeply, it’s not possible to build a subway. We think the novel solution of the cable car system, known as Mi Teleférico, is even better than a train, because it allows you to see that city as you travel. Learn about navigating La Paz by air in our cable car post.
If you are arriving in the city at the La Paz bus terminal, then the best way to travel from the La Paz bus terminal to Pirwa La Paz is to take a taxi. The trip takes 20 minutes and costs 15-20 bolivianos.
We’re so pleased with how everything is turning out at our new hostel in La Paz, and we hope that you come visit us soon to check it out for yourself!