Mercado de Las Brujas, La Paz

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Browse the stalls of Mercado de Las Brujas, an entertaining and atmospheric market that remains one of the more unique attractions in the city. Run by local witch doctors known as yatiri--recognized by their black hats--this "Witches Market" sells a host of unusual items, including potions, dried frogs, and medicinal plants used in traditional Bolivian rituals. Keep your eyes peeled for dried llama fetuses, which are buried under Bolivian houses as a sacred offering to the goddess Pachamama. The market also sells typical souvenirs, with trinkets, ornaments, and jewelry among the most popular items. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, La Paz holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Mercado de Las Brujas and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Located in the hilly streets above the San Francisco Plaza, these winding, narrow roads offer a large number of arts and crafts shops, aimed specifically at tourists. Also known as the Witches Market,...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    It's just a free Street you will find several models of strange works jajajaja only for consideration.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Interesting place to walk around and do some shopping. The area offers not only the traditional magical stuff but good quality wool works made of Alpaca.  more »
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  • August 5, 2017
    One of the most fascinating local markets on the planet. Bring larger denominations ($100s) to exchange US cash at the favored rate and an interpreter (or, better yet, a local) to haggle for the best deals. Count your change.
  • August 1, 2017
    Definitely different! All sorts of remedies and even taxidermy Llamas available! If you're looking for something unusual this is the place to find it!
  • July 31, 2017
    Pretty crazy part of town with some very strange shops selling all sorts of freaky stuff. It's definitely worth a look but I can't see people buying too much here (unless dried out baby llama corpses are your thing).
  • July 18, 2017
    Slightly disappointing. Just a few "tourist attracting" shops along Linares. Apparently the "real" witches market is located in Al Alto on 2 days per week, and is extensive and interesting.
  • June 30, 2017
    Very touristy place. Many handicrafts but very few shops have good stuff

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