About La Paz

The City of La Paz was founded by Captain Alonso de Mendoza in 1548, as a center of Spanish power during the European Colonization in the Andes. Later in 1809, Pedro Domingo Murillo led a group of rebels who rose up obtaining the release of La Paz from the Spanish Empire.
La Paz is the Bolivian Seat of Government although Sucre is the Capital of this country. La Paz extends between mountains, next to the City of El Alto and the High Andean Plateau (Altiplano), at over 3500m above sea level. This city is a beautiful place that is home to around 835,000 people. A big variety of handicrafts is available at little markets in the downtown area, very close to many museums and the Basilica of San Francisco. Next to this is the city center in which cultural heritage buildings from the 16th century are combined with new constructions, creating a very enjoyable scenery.


El Alto airport (LPB) is the main international airport near the city of La Paz and is located about 30 minutes away from the historic city center of the La Paz. Transportation options include taxis with an average fare of 12-15 USD or buses to the historic district (Zona Central) for a fare of under 2USD.


BCDE has negotiated special rates with several hotels following hotels.
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Venue Details

The campus Fernando Illanes de la Riva of UPB is located about 45 minutes from the historic center (Zona Central) and about 25 minutes from southern district (Zona Sur) (see map). Special buses will take participants from the southern district (Zona Sur) to the conferences venue will be available. Routes and schedule will be announced soon.