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Vacation in Bolivia in August (La Paz)

Hello Everyone in La Paz,

My friend and I would like to travel through Bolivia this coming August (we will be travelling from Milan, Italy) and we have been reading on the website of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, the US and Canada, as well as on the Lonely Planet website that apparently Bolivia is a hot spot and not a very safe place where to travel (episodes of kidnapping, extorsion, etc.).
How true is this description?

Can anyone shed some light on the above? We would really like to see the mountains and nature, but if it is in fact so dangerous then we will have to change our destination.

Happy to hear any suggestions from anyone.