La Paz

La Paz

About La Paz

Nuestra Seora de La Paz is the seat of government of Bolivia, as well as the departmental capital of the La Paz Department, and the second largest city in the country (in population) after Santa Cruz de la Sierra. It is located in the western part of the country in the department of the same name at an elevation of roughly 3,650 m (11,975 ft) (the city is built on steep hills) above sea level, making it the world's highest de facto capital city, or administrative capital, with Quito being the highest legal capital. While the official capital of Bolivia is Sucre and it is the seat of Justice, La Paz has more government departments, hence the 'de facto' qualifier. The city sits in a 'bowl' surrounded by the high mountains of the altiplano. As it grows, the city of La Paz climbs the hills, resulting in varying elevations from 3,000 to 4,100 m (9,800 to 13,500 ft).

Contributions by Walter Humala, 201.214.69.103, and Pharos.