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. Work out when and for how long to visit Mercado de Las Brujas and other La Paz attractions using our handy La Paz online trip maker .
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  • ---But not one of a kind. It's definitely set up as a tourist attraction nowadays and is good for photo-ops. But just in case you miss this market, there are always opportunities to see the same knick...  more »
  • Part of the Center where there are many shops that sell gifts, better known in Brazil as "macumba". The shops sell everything, the public market and occupies about four blocks. In the vicinity you will also find shops selling musical instruments, clothes, handicrafts and other trinkets, worth visiting.
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  • If you are looking for typical clothing and crafts, this is your place, prices for all tastes, it costs bargaining, but with patience, good price can be
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Very touristy place. Many handicrafts but very few shops have good stuff

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