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La Paz, Bolivia. The city sits in a "bowl" surrounded by high mountains of the altiplano. As it grew, La Paz climbed the hills, resulting in varying elevations from 10,500 to 13,500 ft. Overlooking the city is towering triple-peaked Illimani, which is always snow-covered and can be seen from several spots of the city. La Paz Metropolitan area, formed by the cities of La Paz, El Alto, & Viacha, make the most populous urban area of Bolivia.