Area Code -- The telephone area code is 612.

Banks -- Banks generally exchange currency during normal business hours: Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. ATMs are readily available and offer bank exchange rates on withdrawals.

Emergencies -- Dial tel. 066 for general emergency assistance, or tel. 060 for police. Both calls are free.

Hospitals -- The two hospitals in the area are Hospital Especialidades Médicas, at Km 4.5 on the highway toward the airport (tel. 612/124-0400), and Hospital Juan María de Salvatierra (tel. 612/122-1497), Nicolás Bravo 1010, Col. Centro. Both are open 24 hours, and the former offers access to emergency air evacuation.

Marinas -- La Paz has a growing number of marinas: Marina de La Paz, at the west end of the malecón at Legaspi (tel. 612/125-2112;; Marina Palmira, south of town at Carretera a Pichilingue Km 2.5, Edificio la Plaza (tel. 877/217-1513 in the U.S., or 612/121-7000;; and Marina Costa Baja, Carretera a Pichilingue Km 7.5 (tel. 866/899-7567 in the U.S.; The large ships arrive at the commercial port of Pichilingue, Carretera a Pichilingue Km 2.5, Puerto Pichilingue (tel. 612/122-7010), 17km (11 miles) from La Paz.

Municipal Market -- The public market is 3 blocks inland, at Degollado and Revolución. It mainly sells produce, meats, and utilitarian wares. Hours are Monday through Saturday 6am to 6pm and Sunday 6am to 1pm.

Parking -- In high season, street parking may be hard to find in the downtown area, but there are several guarded lots, which cost from $2 to $5, and side streets are less crowded. Most hotels and resorts have parking.

Pharmacy -- As a city, La Paz has plenty of pharmacies, including a 24-hour one across from the Salvatierra Hospital. Downtown, try the Farmacia America, at Revolución and Delgollado (tel. 612/122-3343).

Post Office -- The correo is 3 blocks inland, at Constitución and Revolución (tel. 612/122-0388); it's open Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday 8am to 1pm.

Tourism Office -- Located at 16 de Septiembre at Dominguez in the old city hall (tel. 612/125-6844), it's open daily from 9am to 5pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.