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Mercado de Las Brujas, La Paz

(3.7/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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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  • La Paz is the best place to shop for souvenirs in Bolivia-unfortunately we came here back when we were gone, but luckily we had already purchased. In addition to the nice souvenir shops you will find also the "witches" that for virtually every physical ailment or an herbal mixture or drink in their shelf, between the llama fetuses for happiness and the coca leaves. Sure is nice and interesting to walk around!
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  • But the best and calle Graneros, with sale of leather, jackets, skirts of great quality at 40% of the price in Brazil, if you have time, make about extent, lowering the Church finds direction en various places with interesting souvenir
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  • It might have been my mistake having high expectations after reading reviews' but the market is just average. It's much smaller as I expected it and you can hardly spend a couple of hours. Not far fro...  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.