Calle Sagarnaga, La Paz

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The city’s main tourist strip, Calle Sagarnaga caters to the traveling crowd, as it boasts restaurants, souvenir and craft shops, and tour agencies galore. Nicknamed gringo alley, this street has historic roots as the main thoroughfare for visitors. During the colonial period, travelers passing from Potosi and the Peruvian coast often stayed the night along this street. Some of the buildings that now house hotels were originally built as accommodations for these travelers visitors in the eighteenth century. If you’re looking for souvenirs, start here; try haggling for the best price. Work out when and for how long to visit Calle Sagarnaga and other La Paz attractions using our handy La Paz itinerary builder.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I went there twice in two days. Took a trufi to the cathedral of San Francisco and started the climb. Not much has changed in way of shops from the last time, though I did see many music store that ha...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    It is a fun ride. Retains, though little, the spirit of authentic peace. It is pleasant to stroll the streets narrow and filled with people, watching the striking "dried flames", and other religious amulets. Personally, I recommend to take the road, for the first time, with a guide. For little money can get one opposite the Church of San Francisco. He explained in detail the history of street, and also on the witches who run the shops. I recommend take advantage and buy alpaca clothes in many stores that offer it. The price of this tissue is much more economic than in, for example, Spain. And it is a great reminder of the city and the country.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Several restaurants and handcraft shops are around calle Saganarga. You can consider a safe and tourist area. If you going to shop don't forget to bargain. The street ends at the São Francisco church ...  more »

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