Goods for sale at La Paz witches market, Bolivia

Mercado de Las Brujas

Spend a few hours down at the Witches Market in La Paz where you will find all manner of strange and wonderful things.

Goods for sale at La Paz witches market, Bolivia

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Take a guided tour or explore on your own

Whether you are exploring under your own steam or taking a guided tour, the weird and wonderful Witches Market, or Mercado de Las Brujas is not to be missed.

The stunning colourful array of products laid out before you is a feast for sore eyes, a pleasant assault on your senses and your curiosity will be aroused.  There’s everything here from lotions, potions, clothing, fresh produce – take your time and take it all in.

Tourists mingle with the locals at the Witches Market. If you are curious about shamanic rituals and powders and potions, then this is the place.  People come here to buy ingredients for various important rituals.

  • Browse the stalls laden with interesting products
  • Have your coca leaves read
  • Everything from amulets to textiles to fresh products
  • Learn about Bolivian culture and their beliefs
  • Do ask before taking photographs
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Plenty to see here

Apart from the variety of interesting amulets and medicines this is also a good place to look for alpaca products, if it’s an alpaca wool jumper or hat you are after, prices at the Witches Market are good.

At the witches' market, Bolivia © Shutterstock

Colourful products and colourful people

You’ll see local women in traditional dress minding their stalls, people from all walks of life shopping for good luck charms; owls represent wisdom, condors safe travel and tortoises represent good health to name a few. If you’re game you can have your fortune read with cocoa leaves.