La Paz, the tumultuous, friendly, irresistible city that jumbles and spreads over its jagged valley at nearly 4000m, has a food scene that surprises every visitor who takes the time to tuck in and explore, and leaves them craving Bolivian flavors long after they've left. Spicy locoto, abundant fruit, one of the continent's greatest traditional breads and products that tap into this tiny nation's astounding biodiversity - ranging from the heights of Titikaka and the Andes, to the steamy Amazon, Tropical Yungas and Santa Cruz to the temperate high valleys around Cochabamba or Tarija. And they all come together in La Paz, on little plastic plates on street corners and worn crockery in the markets, generously heaped, often spicy, always rewarding.

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