La Paz is a beautiful city that serves as the capital of the Department of La Paz. It is the capital city of the state of Bolivia in practice, and it is also the official government seat of the region. Statistically, La Paz is the third in population size in the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Its metropolitan area is the most populated of all others in Bolivia, comprising of El Alto and Viacha on top of La Paz. La Paz has a convenient location in a beautiful canyon that was as a result of the activity of the Choqueyapu River, to the southeastern part of Lake Titicaca. Its location forms a bowl-like shape and is surrounded by stunning views of the sprawling Altiplano Mountain ranges. In the far yonder, the iconic Illimani Mountain overlooks La Paz, with three of its peaks covered in snow. From atop the Illimani Mountain, the entire La Paz can be seen from all sides. More sightseeing can be done from aboard the cable rides up there. The San Francisco Church is one of the oldest buildings in La Paz built in the heart of the city, attracting Catholic faithful from all over the globe. The iconic Palace of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly is another significant landmark in downtown La Paz, standing tall in its white and cream marble stones. Several museums throughout La Paz showcase unique art and craft masterpieces that feature the cultural and historical development of La Paz over the years, as do several art galleries and memorial spots. More activities include hiking on the many mountainous regions surrounding La Paz, biking, and photography, among others.
La Paz experiences a subtropical highland climate of Köppen Cwc, with a slight border on the subpolar oceanic characteristics that border slightly on the tundra climate. In general, the weather is characterized by warm to hot, rainy summers and dry, cold, and moderately snowy winters. Snowfall begins as early as mid-June and falls for a few hours for approximately one and a half days per month through mid-November, leaving behind light traces of the same. The temperature during winter averages highs of 14.1°C (57.4°F) and lows of -4.4°C (24.1°F), with extremely cold days almost rare. Summer remains rainy, fetching as high as 133.7mm (5.3") of precipitation on its wettest month. The days are mildly warm, though, with approximately six hours of sunshine per day and the temperature in the highs of 15.5°C (59.9°F) and lows of 5.5°C (41.9°F). As much as La Paz is an all-year-round travel destination, most of its visitors arrive between May and October, during winter. The season features cool to mildly cold temperature ranges, and moderately dry days that allow for an excellent time to tour La Paz. Between November and April, La Paz receives moderately high rainfall despite the mildly warm temperature ranges. Some of the key events in La Paz include the El Gran Poder Festival that takes place on varying dates between May and June, marked by beautiful costumes and ceremonial dance performances. On July 16th, La Paz celebrates the Virgen del Carmen day to show love and appreciation to their patron saint, amid dances and beautiful parades. And then in July, La Paz holds its Fiestas de Julio festival that is done through intriguing folk dances and musical shows.