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This centuries-old church combines Spanish and native building styles.
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Plaza San Francisco at Avenida Mariscal Santa Cruz, La Paz, Bolivia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Another one of those ridiculous relics of the spanish invasion and suppression of a strong group of cultures. That aside, the building isamarelof constructin and architectural skills and definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Footsac
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here as part of an organised full day tour with Transturin. Beautiful Spanish style church in the middle of a very busy part of town. Lots of beautiful paintings inside. Worth a visit if in La Paz

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a good place for some history about Bolivia and the construction of the most beautiful Church that I visited in Bolivia. The best part it's to feel the cold air around the back. The sad part is that we couldn't took some pictures...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 17, 2019

There is no charge just walk in. The church is extremely ornate with golden altars and paintings and statuary everywhere. It is a basilica and is, I believe, the oldest church in La Paz dating back to the middle of the 16th centuries. Founded by...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 1, 2019 via mobile

The entrance fee is 15bs with a private guided tour (mandatory). The guide we had didn’t speak good enough English for us to understand the places and keep rushing us to the next spot. The museum and the church has quite a few different rooms...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 7, 2018 via mobile

Really nice place. We paid 15bs and the guide was included. We got a lot of informations and felt comfortable with our authentic and nice guide.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

This old church is a solid addition to the spirit of La Paz. While the outside is not especially compelling, the inside is highly ornate with many intricate golden carvings around pictures of holy persons. There was a mass in progress while I was there...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lesly D
Reviewed November 4, 2018

Very nice inside architecture, also nice facade with a mix of indigenos and conqueror symbols. A bit tricky to visit on a Sunday as there are a lot of services. Even, worth to sit in, have a quite moment and look around the paintings, the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

It's worth it to come in and see the church while it's open. Very pretty and huge. It's only open during Mass, so entering and sitting quietly recommend

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Before going in the church we took a tour of the adjoining monastery. This was most interesting and very informative. We were shown models of the monastery both before and after alterations that cut the size of one of the quadrangle. You have to go...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Peru Experts I Need Your Advice! Lima & Cusco (2 Replies)
Is this do-able One Day In Lima Plaza De Arma. Landmark 1-2 Hours See change of guard be there by 1145 Cathedral Of Lima. Less than a hour MiraFlores BoardWalk 1-2 Hours El Parque Del Amor 1-2 Hours Parque De La Reserva 4pm to 10pm Wed- Sunday 2nd Day In Lima Barranco 2-3 Hours Museo Larco 1-2 Hours Iglesia De San Francisco Shopping Center Larcomoar 3 Hours First Day In Cusco, Peru Qurikancha. Historic. 1-2 Hours Statue Of Christ Less than a hour Centro de...More
February 18, 2016|
Response fromPa0I0|
It is good… Iglesia De San Francisco (& catacombs) is only a couple blocks from Plaza de Armas & the Cathedral, so you should switch it to day 1. On Day 2, you could do Museo Larco in the morning (30+ minutes ride to Pueblo Libre), maybe have an early lunch at their restaurant or return to Miraflores/Barranco to explore the area. Shopping Center Larcomoar is in miraflores by the boarldwalk & not far from parque del Amor. In Cusco, don’t forget Sacsaywaman & the other ruins near the...More
skayt
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Getting around in Lima (7 Replies)
Hi, I will be visiting Peru later this week. I have one full day in Lima. I will be in staying in San Isidro. And I would like to visit these places - Centro (Plaza Mayor, Cathedral, Iglesia de San Francisco), Huaca Pucllana, and Larco Museum. Any suggestion on how to cover these tourist spots? Should I hire a cab for the day? And how much would that usually cost? Or take separate cabs from one place to another (Centro to Larco Museum to Huaca Pucllana)? And is it easy to hail a cab in...More
November 26, 2013|
Response fromtanguero43|
taxis are not metered, or regulated. so beware. we had a taxi for the week (used same driver each day- he worked other fares too)
manicirony
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Mass at Sacred Valley/Aguas Calientes (3 Replies)
I will be in Cusco/Sacred Valley/Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu over a weekend this December. I'm trying to work out my itinerary, and attending weekend mass, especially since it is Advent, is very important to me. I arrive in Cusco at about 5.30pm on a Saturday, in December, on a bus from Arequipa. I'd like to head over to Ollantaytambo and then take the train over to Aguas Calientes that night itself, to avoid altitude sickness, but the fear of not being able to meet mass schedules,...More
August 08, 2015|
Response fromwes032|
I can't answer your question definitively, but I can say there seemed to be a lot of Catholic churches around Ollantaytambo. I would also suggest you email whatever hotels you are staying at and ask them. I found all the hotels to be very helpful. I would expect they could direct you to a nearby church.