Witches' MarketLa Paz, Bolivia

Love, money, luck: everything you could possibly want can be summoned at La Paz’s bustling Mercado de las Brujas – for a price. Take a stroll down the cobbled streets of the Old Quarter for a fascinating insight into Aymara religious traditions that remain alive and well in Bolivia today, in the form of love potions, spiritual readings and spells. Just a word of advice – eat lunch well in advance. Along with soapstone amulets, ceramic figurines and penis candles, black-hatted yatiri (witch doctors) also purvey dried snakes, turtles, armadillos and llama foetuses. It’s an urban shopping adventure that’s definitely not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach.

You can find some bargain basement occult material here.

Be sure to ask before you snap a photo – some believe having a photo taken steals away your soul!

Tags: bolivia, La Paz, market, Old Quarter, shopping, south america, street food, unusual experience

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