Hostels in La Paz, Bolivia

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Get to know La Paz (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in La Paz. To help you make friends with La Paz before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Get to know La Paz (no more

At at three thousand six hundred sixty meters, La Paz is the world´s highest city, which you will realize as you try to labour breathlessly up its unforgivingly steep, dusty, and noisy streets. Its more than one million inhabitants crowd its cobbled zonal streets, which circuit and sprawl around the sides of the bowl-shaped valley upon which it is built. La Paz is notorious for pickpockets; be careful to avoid losing your wallet.

There are hordes of backpacker hostels and hotels to suit every budget and taste around the tourist area of Sagarnaga, LLampu and Murillo in central La Paz. Check out a few hostels in La Paz before making a choice, as they vary widely in price and quality. It is also possible to bargain down, especially during midweek or if you're intending to stay a few days. If you have a specific hostel in mind, it is worth booking ahead to ensure you get a room, as the most popular hostels are often booked out, especially during La Paz´s frequent festivals. Many of the hostels include a substantial breakfast worthy of considering when making your choice.

The temperature reflects the high altitude; although on sunny afternoons it can reach the mid-teens Celsius, the nights often drop below freezing. Be sure to grab an alpaca jumper at the craft shops splashing through the tourist streets, alleyways, and marketplaces in an endless sprawling maze. Besides the craft shops, there are plenty of museums covering everything from South American musical instruments, ancient gold and silver artifacts, and coca production (Calle Linares). These are clustered around Calle Jaen and Plaza Murillo, all within the tourist zone.

For bars, pick up some of the flyers dotted around hostels and eateries. For a cultural experience, head to one of the illusive Penas to check out some traditional Andean folk music and sink some beers with the locals.

La Paz is a great base for countless activities such as the World's Most Dangerous Bike Ride to Coroico (you can book from any number of agencies on Sagarnaga -- it is worth paying extra for good, safe gear). Alternatively, hiking, skiing, nature walks, and Amazon boat trips can all be organised from La Paz.

FAQ about La Paz Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in La Paz. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in La Paz. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in La Paz costs on average $11 for a dorm. A hostel in La Paz with private rooms costs on average $34. shows all 21 Hostels in La Paz. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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3600 Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in La Paz.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for La Paz

Your Packing List for La Paz

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Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for La Paz and Bolivia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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La Paz Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in La Paz, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
21 Total number of hostels
$11 Average dorm price
$34 Average private room price
$6 Cheapest hostel in La Paz
Paitití Hostel is the cheapest
13 Party hostels in La Paz
3600 Hostel is the best rated
Most La Paz hostels are located in
Sopocachi, Plaza de San Pedro, Zone Central
6.5 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Coroico (56 Km / 35 mi.)
Isla de la Luna (111 Km / 69 mi.)
Isla del Sol (118 Km / 74 mi.)
Amantani Island (192 Km / 119 mi.)
Oruro (196 Km / 122 mi.)
Capachica (202 Km / 126 mi.)
Puno (213 Km / 132 mi.)

Travel Tips for La Paz - from the Community

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