The heART of La Paz

La Paz was not a destination that had been on my radar screen. There are several other locations in Mexico that we plan to visit, but when some friends asked if we’d like to join them in southern Baja for a week, we said “yes” (“yes” being our favorite word now that we’ve retired).

La Paz Map

Although we were headed for a resort a few miles from the city, I knew that my husband and I wouldn’t be satisfied staying in the cocoon of the compound. We wanted to explore the surrounding area, especially the city of La Paz.

The bit of research we did before our trip told us:

  • La Paz, which translates to “The Peace,” is located close to the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. With about 250,000 inhabitants, La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur.
  • Because it is located on the coast of the Sea of Cortez, La Paz is known for water-centric activities like swimming fishing, sailing, snorkeling, diving, whale-watching, and kayaking.
  • The city of La Paz has a nostalgic and provincial atmosphere, with a laid-back lifestyle, friendly residents, and wonderful cuisine.

What my research didn’t tell me about was La Paz’s rich and ubiquitous art scene. As I walked around the city, I was thrilled to find richly colorful murals, whimsical sculptures, and small pocket parks that not only offered quiet places to relax in the shade, but also beautiful and thoughtful design.

The weather was perfect, the sea a tranquil mixture of turquoise and deep blues, and the resort where we stayed was gorgeous, but it’s the city of La Paz and its art that will bring me back some day.

(I’ll show more art in my next post. Apparently WordPress has a limit.)

Mural 2

Mural 1Mural 3Mural 5

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29 thoughts on “The heART of La Paz”

    1. I gave up on the new interface for creating posts because it doesn’t handle the graphics in the same way. So believe it or not, I go back and forth between the old and new interfaces when I’m composing completely because of the photos. I like the new interface because the auto-save feature but that’s it. Progress, phooey! 😉

  1. What a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing your pictures? May I ask what resort you stayed at? I’m thinking I might need to add La Paz to the list, because your post really piqued my interest!

  2. Those are beautiful! I love street murals. A new one has appeared in Glasgow – I’ve only seen it online so far but I need to take a walk and get some photos. When it stops raining, that is. Which might be around June 😦

    1. Yikes! Rain until June… ugh. I tried to find out more about these murals (spontaneous works by the artists? Government funded?) but I couldn’t. I know my home town has quite a few murals downtown… I need to grab my camera and go!

    1. I’m not 100% sure that it isn’t just some error on my part that limits my photos in one post, but this is the second time it has happened to me. It also could be the theme I use… maybe it can only handle so many pictures. WordPress can be a complete mystery to me…

  3. Beautiful photos, Janis! I found La Paz to very quaint and laid back as well. Just think, just 40 minutes south of there are towns like La Ventana that cater to windsurfers and kiters from November to April. I need to spend more time in LaPaz next time!

  4. I love it when travelling and find something wonderful that was totally unexpected! This art is very whimsical! … death on a motorcycle? Why not! 🙂

    1. I agree! There are a lot of images of skeletons since Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead – is celebrated throughout the country. I’ve never been in Mexico during the celebration (November 1 and 2), but I hope to be one of these days. I hear that it is fabulous!

  5. Love the colors and the whimsical quality of this art! La Paz looks like my kind of place. I’m looking forward to the next installment, Janis.

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