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Presidential Palace, La Paz

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See where the President of Bolivia lives at Presidential Palace, a significant land mark in downtown La Paz. Built in the 19th century, the building exhibits a neo-classical style and features a giant white and gold façade. Atop the building rests the Bolivian coat of arms and a clock tower made of dark grey metal. Guards stand outside the palace dressed in 19th century uniforms and once a day they perform a "changing of the guard ceremony" in front of the main entrance. Across the palace lies the popular Plaza Murillo always packed with locals, tourists, street vendors and lots of pigeons. Make Presidential Palace a centerpiece of your La Paz vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our La Paz vacation builder.
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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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  • I was there on a weekday. Many Bolivians came to take a look at the palast and surroundings. No One could tell me, why the clock on top of the building was running backwards, some said that the presid...  more »
  • Walked up to the Government palace, through streets that were barricaded by the military. There were protestors camped in the streets near the palace and the military kept the streets blocked to stop ...  more »
  • It's worth some pictures when you're on the Plaza Murillo. The building looks nice next to a ruinous building with broken windows.  more »