The Laikakota complex is at the head of the Central Urban Park being built down through the valley that cuts the centre of La Paz in half. The views are stunning and there is Bolivian popular culture on every corner where you can see what locals get up to on a Sunday.
THINGS TO DO ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Take a bus up to El Cementerio the cemetery to see how the Bolivians treat their ancestors, come out of the main gate, visit the flower market in front then walk down the main street 2 blocks checking out cholita bowler hats and jewelers...
This is a family park with 2 swimming pools (one of 50m² for children and the other of 300m² for adults) with bathrooms, showers and changing rooms. 11 thatch roof huts with BBQs (get there at 8am at the weekend to reserve one), paved walkways, 5 futsal pitches, 4 beach volleyball pitches, an artificial lake to store water used to water the park, 3 age-specific play areas.
Calle Lucas Jaimes #2073 / Nicaragua, Miraflores
Over 96,414 plant species and two greenhouses for tropical plants (palms, orchids, bromeliads), a small greenhouse for cacti, a medicinal plant area and two rose gardens
A traditional Japanese–style garden where the elements of nature are represented; water running through a water wheel, the lake with Koi, the white sand of the beach, bridges, the gardens in the shape of a fish. Black willows, bamboos and native species are dotted around this delightful park.
PARQUE LAS CHOLAS
Calle Arequipa, La Florida, Zona Sur
70% of the park is covered with green areas. Giant willows and 30,000 plants cover this fabulous recreational area.
Recreation area with 4 beach volleyball pitches, a skateboard park, a mini-theatre, a covered walkway with hanging flower baskets, age-specific play areas, a covered nursery area, fountain, toilets.
PARQUE BARTOLINA SISA ARANJUEZ
Avenida Hernando Siles, Aranjuez
Sports area with a multi-purpose pitch, 10 BBQ areas with links, a large slide, fairground rides, hanging bridge.
The central urban park is a green island in the heart of the densely built urban fabric of the city of La Paz. It is envisaged as world of urban experience, an island of contact with nature; not a continuation of the built environment, but rather a well defined central urban park with a distinct character and identity.
Av. Florida, Mallasa Tel. 274 59 92 Every day 10:00 to 18:00 At the end of the line of the number 11 bus (which can be taken from Calle Sagarnaga), past Valley de Luna and down in the valley below La Paz lies the city’s zoo, a uniquely Bolivian experience.