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Mercado de Las Brujas, La Paz

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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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Where to stay in La Paz

Growing popularity among backpackers and young travelers has led to an increase in budget accommodations in La Paz. The central neighborhoods of Santa Barbara and Juan XIII offer both low-cost options and high-end hotels. For a bohemian twist on your La Paz vacation, stay in Sopocachi, the city's artsy neighborhood.
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  • Great place to buy exclusive Bolivians weird and normal gifts. From llama fetuses to t-shirts, jewellery, and normal gifts. Definitely worth the visit. And don't ever forget to bargain.  more »
  • Tourist markets where you can get anything from a genuine alpaca jumper to an alpaca foetus for your witch craft. Worth a visit to practice your bargaining skills!  more »
  • Was fun. The cholitas sales alot of weird stuff as stuffed baby alpaca (what??). You can buy amulets as well.  more »
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  • This is a amazing market! Rich in culture and local craftsmanship. It's worth a walk, talk to the sellers and local guides. Really nice!
  • Interesting market full of handcrafts, souvenirs and witchcraftery items. Spot the baby lamas hanging from above. Worth the walk.
  • Cool little tourist spot. Very modern but you do see the odd .....oddities haha
  • The name of the market does not really correspond to what you find there. There are a couple of shops where crazy stuff like lama foetus are sold, but overall it's more a touristic market where you can buy cheap and nice souvenirs. We spent a enjoyable hour there !
  • Great place! And the juice... PERFECTION.