Bolivian food is a vibrant fusion of Spanish and Aymara cuisine with some influence from the cultures of Italian, Arab, Russian, Pole, and German immigrants. The base of most meals won’t come as a surprise, as it’s the same as Bolivia’s stock products: corn, potatoes, rice, quinoa, and beans. You’ll find that meat and poultry is present in most meals, but used very sparingly, as a flavoring more than a large part of the meal itself.
Lunch is the most important meal of the day, which is why most businesses and shops close from 12 through 3pm.
Immerse yourself in the culture of Bolivia by admiring the ancient relics and the indigenous instruments, weapons and weavings of its past as well as the contemporary art of its modern life.
These our our favorite museums in La Paz.
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 pre-Columbian El Choro trek once formed part of the famous Inca Trail network known as the Qapac Ñan. It begins an hour outside of La Paz, at La Cumbre, and ends in the village of Chairo in the tropical Yungas valley. Along the way, hikers are treated to striking views as they descend from the frosty heights of the Andean range, past the cloud forest, and into a semi-tropical ranforest.
At Pirwa La Paz, we’re excited for one of the biggest festivals of the year, the Fiesta del Gran Poder. El Gran Poder means the all powerful, as the festival is based on Christ the All Powerful, the 2nd figure in an early 17th century painting of the trinity in which the three entities display Indian or mestizo features. The artist is unknown; a novice nun had brought the painting with her it as her offering upon entering a convent, after which the painting changed hands many times amidst a growing reputation for granting miracles. Devotion grew and in 1939 the Parochial Church of the All Powerful was founded in its name. What began in the 1930’s with a handful of dancers has exploded through the years into a riotous celebration reminiscent of Carnaval, which falls a couple of months earlier.