Our Bolivian connection is more than a story about working with a remarkable material. It’s also the story about working in a unique country with unique people. Through the years Aiayu has made several trips to Bolivia, visiting our suppliers and talented artisans. We have been met by a beautiful country, that has managed to preserve its unique soul, natural treasures and charming cities, and we have loved every single trip.
Go with Aiayu on tour as our founder Maria Høgh Heilmann shares her best tips for the Bolivian pearl La Paz – a city located in 4000 meters height above sea level.
A city that will take your breath away.
When choosing a hotel in La Paz, make sure to do your research. Due to the height difference and many impressions it’s worthwhile booking a nice hotel that you can look forward coming back to – it will be your oasis for the trip. That being said, everyone should make sure to go to La Paz – an inspiring city that stimulates all senses. Los Pacenos, as the residents are called, are the sweetest and most decent people.
New hotels are constantly emerging in La Paz, but we usually stay at Atix (Calle 16 No. 8052) or Casa Grande (Calle 16 No. 8009), both in the Calcoto area at 3,200 meters altitude – a little further down than downtown La Paz which helps if you are experiencing discomfort. At Casa Grande you they have great food and the atmosphere at Atix is also lovely. Both hotels are located close to the San Miguel neighborhood – a very cosy area with small authentic cafes and small local gems. Make sure to visit Crafted Burgers N’Beers (Jose Maria Zalles No. 910) within walking distance from Gusto.
eat & drink
Within the last 10 years, La Paz has gone from not having any restaurants worth writing home about to being home of many gastronomic gems. The front runner Gusto (Calle 10 No. 300) is worth a visit and the same goes for The Bronze Coffeebar (Plaza Tomas Frias 1570), where you can get the world’s best coffee – nothing less! Try a ‘Geisha’ or The Presidential’ served in cognac glasses. Downtown La Paz and close to the Bronze Coffeebar is another must-do; Ali Pacha (Calle Colon No. 1306) – a small aesthetic lunch place that serves local produced food.
on the road
In Bolivia all climate zones are represented, and the country is filled with places worth experiencing. You can travel to the jungle and experience rainforest and coffee plantations or go to Uyuni and experience the salt desert and the Atacamo desert. In the desert you will reach a 5,000 meters altitude and be far away from everything. Experiencing the vast salt marshes is a unique experience as well goes for driving around the world of the llamas. Arm yourself with patience and prepare for many hours of driving through rough terrain. I promise you will reach one of the most beautiful nature experiences out there!
do as the locals