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La Paz in Bolivia: Highest capital of indigenous nation that surprises visitors with its immense diversity
"La Paz, Bolivia is such a wonderful place-colourful, vibrant, dynamic. It's also the highest capital city in the world," wrote Deepali Nimbalkar in her facebook post when she visited the country in August this year and sent a picture taken from Valle de Luna or the Moon Valley. Its metropolitan area of the capital city consisting of La Paz, El Alto and Viacha, makes up the most populous urban area in the country.

Noted world figure, Nicholas Kristof, had once said, “Perhaps no country in Latin America is more picturesque than Bolivia, and the most memorable Bolivian city may be Potosi.” And, similar endorsement has come from Phil Keoghan, who had said, “La Paz, Bolivia, is the most extraordinary city.”

Since Bolivia is a majority indigenous nation and poorest country in South America, it is a tourist attraction and people admire the cultural diversity of the country and unusual subtropical highland climate with rainy summers and dry winters.

La Paz is the seat of government and the de facto national capital of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. It is located in a bowl-like depression surrounded by the high mountains of the Altiplano. With snow-covered triple-peaked Illimani. The view of La Paz at sunset, from the "Killi Killi" location is one of marvels to watch.

Most of colonial buildings are in vicinity of the Plaza Murillo but the future of these historic edifices, including churches and cathedrals, remains uncertain due to poor maintenance and restoration despite being the tourist attraction.

There are quite a few Museums and cultural centres in the city but (National Museum of Archaeology has a rich display of artefacts of the Tiawanaku culture. Another place to get a feel of the indigenous culture is the visit to the Museo San Francisco Cultural Centre.

Bolivian Presidential and the Central Urban Park can also be visited. However, automobiles and public transportation are the main means to get into the city. At times, heavy traffic and jams can consume much of the visiting time. The La Paz central bus station was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, which is place where visitors indulge in photography.

Bolivia is a country with many attractions due to its diverse culture, geographic regions, rich history and food. In the country there are six World Heritages declared by the UNESCO.

Some other attractions are such as the Lake Titicaca, which is the world's highest navigable lake; the Andes, which is the largest mountain range in the world spanning the entire continent, and has exceptionally attractive regions. Here, other attractions are the Madidi National Park as one of the most biodiverse parks; and the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park which has a wide range of the ecological levels and dwellings of the ethnic communities in it.

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