- Pickpockets, Purse snatchers & petty crime
- Medical Clinics
- Altitude Sickness
- Cocaine bars
- Vegetarian restaurants
While La Paz is not one of the most dangerous cities in South America, tourists are often victimized by pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Thieves often work in teams and utilize a variety of ruses to separate you from your valuables. Be especially careful when strolling through crowded marketplaces.
Downtown La Paz is usually choked with traffic. To help referee traffic at the busiest intersections, the city employs a special squad of Zebras
If you need medical attention or travel inoculations, your best bet is to go any number of of private medical clinics scattered around La Paz. The best clinic in my humble opinion is Clinica del Sur located in Zona Sur, the more affluent part of La Paz. Service is very fairly efficient and relatively affordable.
Believe it or not, you can get a haircut in central La Paz for as little $2.50USD. In Zona Sur - the upscale part of La Paz - a haircut will cost you more monies. I paid about $7.00 at a middlebrow beauty salon in Zona Sur. More upscale establishments charge even more than this!
Many tourists have problems with the high altitude of La Paz, which at 11,800 feet above sea level is the highest capital in the world. You can combat altitude sickness – symptoms are headaches, dizziness, nausea and diarrhea - by drinking several cups of Coca tea during your stay.
Many establishments that cater to tourists are now freely offering cocaine (for a price of course) in addition to the standard array of libations and drinks. Be careful, as cocaine is still illegal in Bolivia.
There are many vegetarian restaurants in La Paz. One of the better places for tasty vegetarian meals is Namaste Café and art gallery. One of the older hotels in downtown La Paz (forgot the name) also offers a vegetarian buffet for lunch. Cost was about $3.00USD. Very Cheap!