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.

Written by

Readers who enjoyed
this article also liked:

  • Meribel’s Wacky Races, France

    What do you get when you cross a scavenger hunt, a fancy dress competition and a series of messy, silly and sometimes scary dares?

  • Unclaimed Baggage Center, USA

    Fancy buying a wedding dress, a 1930s French newspaper and some vacuum-packed frogs today?

  • Parasite museum, Japan

    Poor old parasites. They can’t help but get a bad press. But one museum in Japan is battling to clean up their image.

Discuss

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close