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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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  • It is a site where you can go to buy all those who do not need for the House and for gifts or memories must walk a lot but is all at a great price is a place very popular in the people and economic
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  • Very good to buy cheap gifts for the whole family. Know the culture that people work hard, remember-it's called las Brujas market, pero no hay brujas soil where sells objects and images aimed at luck, love, wealth, peace, etc.
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  • Very original. Here you can see on the culture there at home, women with traditional dress and sales of curious articles for different rituals. To my you are surprised to see the fetuses of hanging flames, it was something that had not seen on other side, very curious.
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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.