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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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  • The Witches' Market is truly an unusual place. While tourist type trinkets are standard fare, unique and lovely textiles are easily found as well. The hanging baby llamas are a bit disconcerting but i...  more »
  • It is a very particular place since you can see and buy everything you can think of one. There are colors, odors and astonishment.
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  • It is a very interesting place, with many stalls selling magical ingredients. If you need a love poison or just to walk and explore the local peculiarities, this would be the perfect place. I recommen...  more »
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  • You can't get more Bolivian than the witches market, with genuine witches' shops where the local folk get their future told or buy a 'mesita' (with or without llama foetus) to throw on the bonfire so the Pachamama will bring them health, good fortune, wealth and whatnot. Right next door there's the best places to buy alpaca sweaters and woven plaids too.
  • Many souvenir shops. Lots of choice but not always the best quality and lowest prices. A bit touristy.
  • Im actually felt un confortable walking by that place is a sad piece from past
  • Interesting but no witches here. Good place if you look to buy inexpensive souvenirs.
  • Not all that much here. Everything here I've seen elsewhere in a central market like Arequipa. Unless you're looking to buy something I wouldn't say it's a must see.