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Exploring La Paz From the Comfort of the Pan American Hotel
The #Altiplano mountain range borders #LaPaz, and is overlooked by the triple peaked Illimani which stands at a breathtaking 4,750 metres above sea level, and is consistently snow capped due to the subtropical climates of the area, not to mention the sheer height.
Having explored Potosi at length and travelled a rocky nine hour bus journey (after a twelve hours wait), we were thrilled, if not a little exhausted, to reach highest capital city in the world.
to reach highest capital city in the world
The city itself is Bolivia’s government and commerce capital, though it is only the third largest city in the country, with the capital going to the city Sucre. The streets are lined with colonial buildings, museums, cultural centres, universities and lively markets, including Mercado de Brujas, the famous “Witches Market” which is run by local witch doctors – (I’ll have more on that later!)
The streets are lined with colonial buildings
Salar de Uyuni Sunset Tour
Salar de Uyuni Tour in Bolivia
On our second day in the city, we came across the Pan American Hotel which is located in the seventh main district, Cotahuma. This spot is surrounded by beautiful highlands where you can grasp the most amazing views there are to behold in La Paz.
surrounded by beautiful highlands where you can grasp the most amazing views
It is one block to the main street, meaning it’s pretty centrally located with everything you need within decent reach. One Tripadvisor reviewer highlights the hotel’s slight touch of luxury, which is something incredibly difficult to find in Bolivia at large.
The service was fantastic, with front desk presenting lovely greetings and a helpful manner. When we checked out our bedroom, we were well impressed. The bedroom window had this magnificent view overlooking the La Paz hills and the mountainous range. The bedroom itself was clean and cosy, and was nicely decorated. Needless to say, we slept like babies after our hectic few days of travelling.
The hotels facilities are very sufficient, with good Wi-Fi as there is a router on every floor, parking everywhere, in addition to room service, a taxi service, laundry and airport transfers all available. The hotel also provides a breakfast buffet, which is delicious and consists of cereals, breads, ham, fruit, sweet cakes and pastries, coffee and tea and juices. There is also a lovely restaurant that provides both brunch and dinner buffets, as well as an a la carte menu and catering services.
also a lovely restaurant that provides both brunch and dinner buffets
One last little tip – the hotel has ten floors and an elevator, which is pretty great. Make use of them, and get to the top floor to see the best of the best views. If you can, request to book a room in advance on that floor, and the receptionists will be more than willing to grant your requests.
If you’re looking for a decent, warm, clean and comfortable hotel in La Paz that is centrally located and relatively cheap, then this place ticks all of those boxes. If you are looking for the ultimate viewing spot in La Paz hotels, then this is definitely number one.
comfortable hotel in La Paz that is centrally located and relatively cheap
Either way, make sure you check out their reviews and website to get a better idea, if we haven’t already managed to persuade you. You’ll find that in La Paz, and indeed most of Bolivia, that it can be hard to find decent hotels, so consider this a time saving hotel that will provide you with the comfort you need during your travels here.