Mercado de Las Brujas, La Paz

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Landmark · Tourist Spot
Browse the stalls of Mercado de Las Brujas, an entertaining and atmospheric market that remains one of the more unique attractions in the city. Run by local witch doctors known as yatiri--recognized by their black hats--this "Witches Market" sells a host of unusual items, including potions, dried frogs, and medicinal plants used in traditional Bolivian rituals. Keep your eyes peeled for dried llama fetuses, which are buried under Bolivian houses as a sacred offering to the goddess Pachamama. The market also sells typical souvenirs, with trinkets, ornaments, and jewelry among the most popular items. Work out when and for how long to visit Mercado de Las Brujas and other La Paz attractions using our handy La Paz online trip maker.
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  • There are many shops here selling all sorts of interesting items which are part of the Bolivian traditional culture/practices. Worth a visit.  more »
  • We lucked out as we stayed close to the 'Witches' Market'. If you're in the market for Llama fetuses, Bolivian armadillos, aphrodisiacs, turtles, frogs, snakes and magic potions then this is the...  more »
  • If you come to Bolivia and you are looking for souvenirs, this is the place to be. You can find from traditional instruments to clothing made out of alpaca wool (it's soft and warm and you would be crazy not to buy something. Prices can range anywhere from 5$ for small things up to 50-100$ for the most flashy stuff
  • One of the other street markets, but The Witches Market is bit more unique, as this is a place to go to for variety of medicines and spiritual advice. Majority of merchandise are used for rituals and it is worth to remember that it is a serious and sacred business to the people who work there, hence be aware of picking items and taking photos without permission.
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