Aside from its cultured, artistic air, Sopocachi District also boasts some of the best restaurants and night life in La Paz. It’s definitely worth a stop during your visit to Bolivia’s capital city.
In this post, we’ve compiled our favorite activities to do in Sopocachi:
Admire the striking views of the city and of iconic Illimani Mountain from the lookout at Monticulo Park. Don’t forget to read the poems by Portocarrero which are carved onto the stones. There’s also a magnificent sculpture at the central fountain, and a charming church which is popular for weddings on the weekends, due to the Bolivian belief that marriages there will last forever. You’ll find Monticulo Park at the end of Ecuador Street, near Plaza España. Monticulo means knoll in Spanish, so as you can imagine, you’ll be walking uphill a bit- it’s worth it for the views, however. Look for the carved stone gate, which has marked the entrance of the park since the 1770s!
Enjoy the traditional street food of La Paz without risking stomach issues by visiting Paceña La Salteña (Avenida 20 de octubre, edificio Guadalquivir, Sopocachi). Salteñas are the traditional empanadas (hand pies or pasties) of Bolivia, and this award-winning eatery is a local landmark. You can choose from a selection of meat, chicken, or vegetarian fillings. (If the vegetarian option is for you, check out our article on Vegetarian Food in La Paz.
Take in some culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Located in a stunning blue colonial mansion, it showcases Bolivian and international artists, and is considered among the best modern art museums in South America. One room is entirely dedicated to art inspired by Che Guevara. To get to the museum, walk along 6 de Agosto road, towards the university. Its address is Av. 16 de Julio 1698. Entrance is 15 bolivianos.
Ride the cable cars of Mi Teleférico, the longest cable-car system in the world. The terrain of La Paz is so steep that a subway isn’t feasible, but the cable-car system is better anyway- it allows you to see much of the city at a glance. Various lines converge on Sopacachi station. In fact, new arrivals often touch down in Sopacachi, as the cable-cars are the best way to reach La Paz from El Alto, where the airport is located.
We wrote about the cable-car system in more detail in our article Navigate La Paz by Air through Cable Cars.
Although these are our top picks, there’s plenty to do if you have more time to spend. You can people-watch in Plaza Eduardo Avaroa and Plaza España, visit the independent cinema, or get your caffeine and Wi-Fi hit at Alexander Coffee, the Bolivian version of Starbucks. If you’re looking for more recommendations, remember, the friendly staff at our hostel in La Paz is always ready to help!