One of my favorite finds in La Paz is Calle Jaén, the most colonial street in the city. About a ten minute walk directly uphill from the Iglesia de San Francisco, Calle Jaén is a magical place. Colored in Spanish Colonial hues of brilliant reds, blues, greens and pinks, walking down Calle Jaén’s narrow cobblestone street feels like stepping back in time.
It took a little bit of wandering around to find it and sadly I almost got pick-pocketed by a very normal looking man (thank you Mom for lending me a jacket with a complicated button closing the pocket! Otherwise he would have been able to grab my travel wallet!). When I felt the tug on my jacket and realized what was going on, I started to yell and he was gone. It was a close call though not enough to keep me away from finding Calle Jaén. I was determined to find this hidden treasure.
The day had grown rather overcast which was a bit disappointing as I knew the views would be lovelier in the warm sunshine. Then the colors of the buildings would really jump out. But obviously I had to take what I could get. You can’t control the weather.
Once again, I enjoyed capturing the deteriorating buildings along the way. For some reason, they always fascinate me.
It was right after this picture that I turned around and started walking up the hill to feel the tug on my sleeve. It was time to put my camera away and pay attention.
We arrived at a small plaza and I knew we were almost there. I pulled out my map and saw the narrow entrance to Calle Jaén across the street.
There are four small museums near Calle Jaén called the Calle Jaén Museums. I didn’t go to any of them due to lack of time however they are highly recommended in the guidebook. I was mostly interested in seeing the beautiful colonial street and it was worth the preposterously steep walk and almost getting pick-pocketed to see it. Calle Jaén is beautiful!
The colors, the wrought-iron balconies and the lampposts made me smile. It was so quaint and no one was there except a few passerby. The cobblestones were intact and it truly was the most beautiful street I had seen in all of La Paz.
I just loved all the red!
The sky was getting darker. I had an umbrella in case of rain but I had hoped it wouldn’t ruin the walk.
The street is short and ends rather abruptly. I took a couple final shots before saying goodbye to Calle Jaén.
By far this street was my favorite find in La Paz. I can only imagine what it would be like on a bright and sunny day. Magnificent.