We thought this La Paz photo, taken by Jerry Peek of the USA, really demonstrates how the vibrant, energetic colors of Andean culture permeate even the most mundane urban settings in Bolivia’s western region. That’s why we awarded this photo FIRST PLACE in our 2008 Bolivia Photography Contest, in the Urban Setting category. La Paz is the seat of government of Bolivia (sometimes called Bolivia's second capital or defacto capital).
High in the Andes Mountains at over 13,000 feet above sea level, La Paz is one of the highest cities in the world, second only to
at 15,000 feet. As Bolivia's second largest city (the largest is
in Eastern Bolivia) it is the seat of the national
and one of the country's "two" capital cities - the only actual capital city of Bolivia (legally and per our constitution) is