The Witches Market, La Paz

Photo © Darinka Maya

Everyone loves to bag a bargain, but what about a lovely llama foetus? Yes, this is the speciality of the Witches Market in La Paz, Bolivia.

El Mercado de las Brujas is found down a series of winding, cobbled streets at the heart of the city and certainly offers some bizarre buys. It’s packed with herbal concoctions, colourful lucky charms and ornaments, not to mention scores of llama foetuses, which are used as a lucky charm. Many locals bury the foetus under the foundations of new buildings, as an offering to the Earth Goddess Pachamama, to bring good fortune.

It certainly is a fascinating insight into Bolivian traditions and makes for an interesting days shopping.

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