19 Facts About La Paz


La Paz was under Spanish colonial rule as part of the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata, before Bolivia gained independence.

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La Paz is an important cultural center of Latin America, as it hosts several landmarks belonging to the colonial times, such as the San Francisco Church, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Plaza Murillo and Jaen Street.

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La Paz is situated at the confluence of archaeological regions of the Tiwanaku and Inca Empire.

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La Paz is home to the largest urban cable car network in the world.

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La Paz is listed on the Global Cities Index 2015, and is considered a global city type "Gamma" by Globalization and World Cities Research Network .

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Region in which La Paz is located in was known as Chuquiago Marka in the Aymara language, leading former President of Bolivia Evo Morales to suggest renaming the city to "Chuquiago Marka" in a speech in 2017.

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La Paz is remembered as the voice of revolution across South America.

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In 1898, La Paz was made the de facto seat of the national government, with Sucre remaining the nominal historical as well as judiciary capital.

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La Paz is built in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River, which runs northwest to southeast.

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La Paz is renowned for its unique markets, unusual and dramatic topography, and traditional culture.

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La Paz is in the valleys of the Andes, close to the Eastern split of the Altiplano region.

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City of La Paz has a consistently decreasing volume of colonial buildings, mostly centered around the vicinity of the Plaza Murillo.

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Economy of La Paz has improved greatly in recent years, mainly as a result of improved political stability.

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La Paz remains the principal center of manufacturing enterprises that produce finished-product goods for the country, with about two-thirds of Bolivia's manufacturing located nearby.

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La Paz is the home of some of the biggest football teams in Bolivia.

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La Paz-El Alto Highway is a toll road that connects the city of La Paz with the neighboring city of El Alto.

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Water supply of La Paz is threatened by the impact of climate change through the melting of glaciers.

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La Paz is part of the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities from 12 October 1982.

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La Paz is a member of Merco Ciudades, a group of 180 cities within Mercosur, since 1999.

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