La Paz, Bolivia, is a must-see place, less developed than other parts of South America and with a fascinating mix of cultures.
I was curious about the La Paz Witches’ Market, which has become a major tourist attraction. Here, you can find mysterious potions to improve your love life, a frog charm to bring you success – even a llama fetus to sacrifice to Pachamama.
I was amazed by the idea of rituals to heal things like “fear.” But I wondered if it was all just a set up for tourists.
So, following a tip from the sellers at the Witches' Market, I traveled far into the Andes to find a genuine Kallawaya, or “herbalist traveler,” and learn the real story behind the magic.
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