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BOLIVIA MILENARIA

La Paz

La Paz is an amazing region with beautiful mountains, valleys, national parks and famous Lake Titicaca
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Our Programs for La Paz

Location
North West of Bolivia
Direct Access
From Perú and Chile
Must Visit
Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku, La Paz City
Time Required
Full day to 3 days
  • Transfers La Paz
  • La Paz City Tours
  • Lake Titicaca Tours
  • Other Tours La Paz
  • Transfers La Paz

    LP101 Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport
    DURATION: 40 MINUTES
    El Alto airport is located 14 km from La Paz city centre. Enjoy spectacular views out over the city and the Cordillera Real mountain range as you come down into the city.

    LP102 Transfer Bus Station - Hotel
    The bus terminal is near La Paz city centre.

    Additional surcharge for night transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport
    Applicable between 23:00 and 05:00 am. 

    LP103 Puno – Desaguadero - La Paz
    DURATION: 4 HOURS
    On the way from/to the southern Peru city of Puno from/to La Paz, appreciate fabulous views of Lake Titikaka and the Bolivian highland plain.

    LP104 Puno- Desaguadero with visit to Tiwanaku – La Paz
    DURATION: 6 HOURS
    Leave Puno early in the morning, drive for 2 hours along the shores of Lake Titikaka to Desaguadero on the Peru-Bolivia border and carry on to the pre-Inca ruins of Tiwanaku which date from around 1500 BC. Some of the well-preserved examples of the Tiwanaku culture that you see and learn about on the site are the Gateway of the Sun, the Pyramid of Akapana, the Temple of Kalasasaya and the Semi-subterranean Temple, visit the archaeological site’s museum. 

  • La Paz City Tours


    LP201 City Tour & Valley of the Moon
    DURATION: 4 HOURS
    Exploring the city of La Paz is a like wandering into a world of magic. La Paz sits in a bowl and looks different from each angle you approach it from. As you tour the city you will get a feel for the social and economic vibe best experienced as you fly through the sky on the city’s cable car.

    On the city tour of La Paz, at over 3,600 m.a.s.l. visit some of the city’s most important highlights: the San Francisco Church, the Witches’ Market, and museums in the vicinity. Then we will go up to the Plaza Murillo, where the Legislative and Government Palaces are, and on to a replica of the Semi-subterranean Temple of Tiwanaku. A 20-minute ride will take us through the city’s residential areas and down to the Valley of the Moon, an eerie landscape of natural geological formations. Dropping down 400 m, the southern zone of the city of La Paz is at a lower altitude and is an ideal place to shop for alpaca clothing, fine jewellery and other luxury items.


    LP202 Full-Day City Tour
    DURATION: 9 HOURS
    Early in the morning we will begin our tour by visiting the Plaza Murillo to see the Legislative and Governmental Palaces. The Calle Jaen is a beautiful old colonial street full of museums and you can choose which one you would like to visit. The tour will then take us to the Los Andes district where you will be able to see the stunning carnival costumes made by the nimble fingers of the local craftspeople. We will continue on to the Witches’ Market and the baroque mestizo San Francisco Church and then to visit a replica of the Tiwanaku Semi-subterranean Temple. A 20-minute ride will take us through the city’s residential areas and down to the Valley of the Moon, an eerie landscape of natural geological formations which we will visit after lunch.


    LP203 Mystical City Tour
    DURATION: 4 HOURS
    After lunch and an introductory talk on the city of La Paz from your guide you will set out to discover the city from a different perspective than usual. The people of La Paz are a mix of indigenous peoples and immigrants which has given birth to a specific type of cultural syncretism with people from all social groups still believing in indigenous Aymara deities such as the God of Abundance and Mother Earth, and observing a myriad of traditions and rituals. This programme gives you an insight into this side of the everyday life of the people of La Paz. This programme includes a walk through the Witches’ Market, where you will see the different materials needed to perform traditional ceremonies and rituals, and listen to local myths and legends. Close by is where the Kallawayas (traditional healers) work and you will have the chance to take part in a ceremony to ensure good luck and blessings.
    Optional: Coca-leaf reading.


    LP204 La Paz by Night
    DURATION: 4 HOURS
    Sunset over La Paz is a truly spectacular sight so we take you to one of the city’s many lookout points to watch the city light up slowly while fire takes over the sky and gradually burns out. This tour takes you around what were formerly the indigenous quarters where you can visit monuments, illuminated squares, winding streets and lookout points where you can enjoy a traditional hot drink.

    Optional - Folklore Show


    LP205 TEXTILES AND FOLKLORE CITY TOUR
    DURATION: 3 HOURS
    This programme takes you to the heart of popular and traditional culture in La Paz. We start with a visit to the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore to look at the different exhibits on art and tradition. Then we will go up to the Avenida Los Andes to see the traditional embroiderers working on typical costumes used for the different festivals here in La Paz. We will also see milliners and shoemakers at work. If we’re lucky we may be able to join in a party where you will see popular Andean festivities first-hand.


    LP206 Folklore Show
    DURATION: 2 HOURS
    Bolivia keeps her many traditions very much alive; her regions are home to over 20 ethnic groups and a wide range of cultures that make up the cultural wealth of Bolivia. This evening programme gives you the chance to enjoy different dances and costumes from around Bolivia while having dinner.


    LP207 Street food – an authentic experience
    DURATION: 11 HOURS

    La Paz is a foody’s delight. The locals like to eat well and all throughout the day so this tour is a great opportunity to delve into the world of street food. Very early in the morning your guide will pick you up to take you for breakfast in a local market where you can look at the stalls, try different fruit and vegetables and drink a filling healthy “multivitamínico” to start your day. Take public transport to another part of the city along with the locals and stop off to have a “salteña” (savoury pasty), which is the traditional mid-morning snack and embodies Bolivian gastronomy – tasty, spicy and juicy. At midday continue on foot through the streets, avenues and markets to get an idea of just how central lunch is to the people of La Paz. In the afternoon, our vehicle will take you to taste local chocolates and sweets and then on to the Parque de las Cholas to enjoy a pork sandwich. At dusk you will stop off at a corner stand to finish the day with cow heart, potato and peanut sauce “anticuchos”.


    LP208 Digging deep in the city
    DURATION: 11 HOURS
    La Paz has recently been designated a “Marvellous City” and as the seat of government has an endless range of wonders to delight all visitors. Her culture and identity lie beneath her facade fusing a mix of Aymara and Spanish cultures in the faces of her inhabitants and their syncretism.
    Leave the hotel early in the morning to sample a typical breakfast of Api con Llauchas (a hot corn drink and cheese-filled pasty) in one of the city’s oldest markets. Watch the city wake up and visit the “mañaneras”; ladies who sell locally-designed and produced clothes from 6:00 am. La Paz is a symbiosis of identity and culture best seen on the street of embroiderers who make the typical costumes used during local festivities. Watch them at work keeping the identity alive of the creole class that is fast becoming an economic force to be reckoned with. Continue on up through the sprawling hillside neighbourhoods to the city of El Alto perched on the brow above La Paz to see the luxury homes of the Aymara nouveau riche. These “Cholets” (a combination of the word Cholo - an indigenous man who has migrated to the city - and the word Chalet) are built by local entrepreneurs who have accrued a fortune in the informal economy and are a blend of pre-Colombian symbols and vibrant colours. At midday float high above the city of La Paz on the red line of the teleférico (cable car) to enjoy the city from a different angle. Stop off at the Cemetery station for a lunch of fresh trout from Lake Titicaca at the Fish Market. Enjoy a “Quitapenas” (comforter) cinnamon ice-cream and cheese pasties traditionally eaten in the afternoon in La Paz. Visit the Cemetery to see the multi-story resting places of the ordinary folk and luxurious tombs of the city’s greatest. Observe the everyday traditions surrounding death in this fascinating city.
    Transfer to hotel.

    *If it is a Thursday or Sunday continue on to make a short stop at one of Latin America’s largest markets - the 16 de Julio.
    **One of the highlights on Sundays is “Cholita Wrestling” where typically dressed women demonstrate the art of wrestling. 


    LP209 Cañon de Palca Trek
    DURATION: 12 HOURS
    After breakfast set out for the south zone of the city passing through residential neighbourhoods to reach Valle de las Animas (Valley of the Souls), geological formations shaped by erosion to look like spires or organ pipes. Continue driving to the small community of Palca to take a short walk with the snowy peaks of Illimani in the background. Pass through small Aymara communities on a quaint road far from the noisy streets of La Paz. Finish the day with a packed lunch of typical Bolivian snacks.

  • Lake Titicaca Tours


    LP301 Magical Lake
    La Paz – Huatajata – La Paz
    DURATION: 6 HOURS
    After breakfast set out for Lake Titikaka, known as the world’s highest navigable lake at 3810 m.a.s.l., to the village of Huatajata 86 km from the city of La Paz. Visit the home of Paulino Esteban who has planned and led expeditions on totora reed boats. The locals in this village helped Thor Heyerdahl and Kittin Muñoz to build the traditional reed boats that they used to cross the Pacific Ocean. Take a short trip on the lake in a reed boat and enjoy views out over the lake to the backdrop of the snow-capped Cordillera Real mountain range before having a delicious trout dinner in one of the many traditional restaurants in Huatajata.

    LP302 Mysteries of Titikaka
    La Paz – Huatajata – Quewaya – Pariti – La Paz
    DURATION: 10 HOURS
    Set off after breakfast for Lake Titikaka, which is divided by the Straits of Tiquina into two bodies of water – the smaller and larger lakes. The smaller lake is closer to the city of La Paz and is not as wide or deep as the larger lake. After crossing the highland plain for about 90 minutes with spectacular views of the snow-capped Cordillera Real mountain range we reach the village of Huatajata to visit the home of Paulino Esteban, which houses a museum dedicated to traditional reed boats. Paulino Esteban is an expert builder of these reed boats and helped out with the expeditions undertaken by Thor Heyerdal and Kittin Muñoz. Go by private boat to the Island of Pariti in the middle of the lake. Archaeologists exploring this island 10 years ago found one of the most important relics from the Tiwanaku culture, continue on to the Island of Isla de Quewaya to look at the stone funeral towers and visit other communities. Return to Huatajata to have trout for lunch before heading back to La Paz or Copacabana.

    LP303 Copacabana
    DURATION: 12 HOURS
    Leave La Paz in the morning to travel over the highland plain to Lake Titikaka, enjoy the intense blue of the water and the quaint Aymara villages along the way. Cross the Straits of Tiquina by boat and continue by road to “El Santuario de la Virgen Morena de Copacabana”, visit the church and see some local traditions before having lunch on the shores of the lake. In the afternoon visit the archaeological site known as the “Horca del Inca”, an Inca observatory. Return to La Paz or transfer to Puno.

    LP304 Copacabana and the Island of the Sun
    DURATION: 12 HOURS
    After breakfast we travel by private car from the city of La Paz to the small town of Copacabana, on Lake Titikaka, crossing the highland plain with a fabulous view of the Cordillera Real mountain range before coming to Lake Titikaka and the town of Copacabana, which is the most important pilgrimage site in Bolivia where the faithful go to pray to the Blessed Virgin of the Candelaria. Despite being a region heavily influenced by the Catholic religion, there is still much Inca culture to be seen. Take a private motor boat to the Island of the Sun to climb the Inca Steps and stop at the Fountain of Eternal Youth. You will be able to see traditional Andean agricultural systems (terraces) and marvel at the majestic Andes mountain range and Lake Titikaka. Later return to Copacabana to enjoy lunch and look around the town. In the afternoon, return to La Paz or, late afternoon, link the programme with a transfer to Puno.


    LP305 Ancient Copacabana
    Overnight: Island of the Sun
    DURATION: 2 DAYS
    After breakfast in La Paz travel for 3½ hours to the town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titikaka close to the border with Peru. This is Bolivia’s most important pilgrimage site and whose guardian is the Dark Virgin of Lake Titikaka. Visitors come from around the world to ask for favours from her and leave her gifts. On arrival visit the church and the town. Lunch. Take our private boat from the lakeside to the Island of the Sun where the first stop is the archaeological site of Pilkokaina. This palace was built as temporary residence for the first Inca. Have a look at the type of construction and its location. Return on the boat to the port at Yumani to climb the Inca Steps; over 200 steps built by the Incas to reach the northern part of the island passing the Fountain of Eternal Youth, where the water in the three drinking fountains from Inca times is believed to bestow eternal youth on whoever drinks from them. Continue climbing to the hotel.

    Get up early the next day to watch the sun rise, have breakfast and enjoy the Inca Gardens where you can see traditional Andean agricultural systems (terraces) and marvel at the majestic Andes mountain range and Lake Titikaka. Take the boat across to the Island of the Moon to visit the Temple of the Sun Virgins “Iñak Uyu”. Return to Copacabana to have lunch and return to La Paz or carry on to Puno. This programme includes learning about local textiles, the Aymara culture, and eating trout fished straight from the lake.

    NB.- You can walk from Pilkokaina to the hotel (about 1 hour).

    LP306 Authentic Copacabana
    Overnight: Copacabana
    DURATION: 2 DAYS
    After breakfast in La Paz travel for 3½ hours to the town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titikaka close to the border with Peru. This is Bolivia’s most important pilgrimage site and whose guardian is the Dark Virgin of Lake Titikaka. Visitors come from around the world to ask for favours from her and leave her gifts. On arrival visit the church and the town. Lunch. In the afternoon visit the Horca del Inca, an Inca observatory, and, if you wish, walk up the Stations of the Cross to a spectacular view out over the lake and take part in a “Challa”, an Andean blessing ceremony with Andean priests. Go back to the hotel. The following morning take our private boat from the lakeside to the Island of the Sun where the first stop is the archaeological site of Pilkokaina. This palace was built as temporary residence for the first Inca. Have a look at the type of construction and its location. Enjoy the Inca Gardens where you can see traditional Andean agricultural systems (terraces) and marvel at the majestic Andes mountain range and Lake Titikaka. Take the boat across to the Island of the Moon to visit the Temple of the Sun Virgins “Iñak Uyu”. Return to Copacabana to have lunch and return to La Paz or carry on to Puno.

    LP307 From Puno to La Paz
    Overnight: Copacabana
    DURATION: 2 DAYS
    From the city of Puno we will move on to Kasani, on the Bolivian border, which will allow us to link trips. Once we reach Kasani, on the Bolivian side of the border, and go through immigration, we continue on to Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titikaka about 20 minutes away. Visit the church and look more deeply into Bolivian Aymara-Catholic traditions. A trip across the lake by private boat will take us to the Island of the Sun, to climb the Inca Steps and stop at the Fountain of Eternal Youth. You will be able to see traditional Andean agricultural systems (terraces) and marvel at the majestic Andes mountain range and visit the palace of Pilkokaina. Later we will return to Copacabana to spend the night, and rise early the following morning to walk through the town to visit different viewing points and the Horca del Inca before we transfer to the city of La Paz. Enjoy views over Lake Titikaka and visit Huatajata to see the totora reed boats and the locals going about their daily life. Arrive at the hotel in La Paz or return to Puno.   

  • Other Tours La Paz


    LP401 Historical Tiwanaku
    DURATION: 5 HOURS
    Leave the city of La Paz for Tiwanaku, close to Desaguadero on the border with Peru. A 90-minute drive takes us to the archaeological site of Tiwanaku, one of Latin America’s most famous historical sites. Tiwanaku was established as a culture around 500 years before the rise of the Incas, and the empire lasted for several centuries. The ceremonial site you will visit is part of a citadel that is yet to be explored. The pre-Inca ruins of Tiwanaku are a splendid example of one of America’s most important cultures. Some of the well-preserved examples of the Tiwanaku culture that you will see and learn about on the site are the Gateway of the Sun, the Pyramid of Akapana, the Temple of Kalasasaya and the Semi-subterranean Temple, and you will have the chance to visit the archaeological site’s museum to see pieces of unmeasurable wealth and understand with your guide’s help the relation between Tiwanaku and other empires and connections with the world of that time. Stop off at the village of Laja, where the city of La Paz was originally founded.

    LP402 Millenary Tiwanaku
    DURATION: 8 HOURS
    Our Millenary Tiwanaku programme is an optional add-on to our Historical Tiwanaku programme. You will have the chance to see the remains of the Pumapunku Pyramid, one of Tiwanaku’s four most prized structures. Many of the stones used to build the pyramid weigh over 500 tonnes, and were brought from quarries over 8 km away. These stones have been cut perfectly and have withstood the ravages of the elements. Your guide will introduce you to the different theories surrounding the site before taking you out to the fields to appreciate the Inca raised-bed fields – “sukakollos”.

    LP403 La Paz- Tiwanaku – Desaguadero
    DURATION: 5 HOURS
    Leave after breakfast for the archaeological site of Tiwanaku to visit this ceremonial centre and the different monoliths from pre-Inca times. After looking around the site drive to Desaguadero on the border with Peru. Please ask us to contact your operator in Peru if necessary.

    LP404 Eco-community of Pampalarama
    DURATION: 10 HOURS
    Leave the city of La Paz for the small isolated Aymara community of Chacaltaya, around 45 minutes from the city centre. This small isolated community surrounded by snow-capped mountains and next to a lake stocked with fish is home to llama and alpaca herders who have come together to offer an unforgettable community experience. Go for a walk, fish for trout or simply enjoy the spectacular views before having a traditional meal of llama. This visit is a wonderful way of experiencing the Bolivian highland plain and flora and fauna. Return to La Paz in the afternoon.

    LP405 Natural Coroico
    DURATION: 1O HOURS
    The small town of Coroico is located in the subtropical area north of La Paz, which is classed as a cloud forest due to its location. There are two roads – a new paved one or the old one built over 60 years ago. The old road is narrow and is quite an adventure with dramatic scenery and breath-taking hairpin bends. The area is surrounded by coffee, banana, citrus fruit and coca fields. The 3-hour journey down from the highland plain to the Yungas covers the region’s different ecosystems and climates. You will be captivated by panoramic views of singular beauty as you reach 4,700 m, before descending to 1,150 m to the village of Yolosa in just one hour. The road winds up to Coroico where you visit coffee, coca and citrus fruit plantations. In the village of Coroico you will be able to visit the market, see people going about their daily life and look out at the stunning views from a lookout point. Have lunch and enjoy the semi-tropical surroundings or take a dip in a hotel swimming pool. Return to La Paz at the end of the afternoon.


    LP406 Stunning Coroico
    DURATION: 2 DAYS
    Overnight: Coroico
    The small town of Coroico is located in the subtropical area north of La Paz, which is classed as a cloud forest due to its location. There are two roads – a new paved one or the old one built over 60 years ago. The old road is narrow and is quite an adventure with dramatic scenery and breath-taking hairpin bends. The area is surrounded by coffee, banana, citrus fruit and coca fields. The 3-hour journey down from the highland plain to the Yungas covers the region’s different ecosystems and climates. You will be captivated by panoramic views of singular beauty as you reach 4,700 m, before descending to 1,150 m to the village of Yolosa in just one hour. The road winds up to Coroico where you visit coffee, coca and citrus fruit plantations. In the village of Coroico you will be able to visit the market, see people going about their daily life and look out at the stunning views from a lookout point. Have lunch and enjoy the subtropical surroundings or take a dip in a hotel swimming pool. After breakfast the next day go to the Cotapata National Park which is a butterfly and orchid reserve and visit the Senda Verde Wildlife Refuge to see animals living and learning to be reinserted back into their natural habitat. After lunch return to La Paz.

    NB.- We can include a visit to the Afro-Bolivian communities. The Afro-Bolivians came to Bolivia as slaves during colonial times and now live in small communities scattered around the region. They grow coca and coffee. This will require adding another day to the programme. 

    LP407 Biking Coroico
    DURATION: 10 HOURS
    Adrenaline, adventure and freedom are just a few of the emotions you will experience on the bike-ride down to Coroico which will take you through different ecosystems – from snowy peaks to the cloud forest where Coroico is located. Professional guides ensure that you have a safe and exciting adventure. This programme can be done individually or in a group. The day starts out very early with a vehicle collecting you from your hotel to take you to the highest point at around 5000 m.a.s.l. where the team of guides are waiting with the bikes to take you on a once in a lifetime experience. The 1200 m descent takes around 5 hours.

    LP408 Extreme Adventure
    DURATION: 10 HOURS
    Leave the city of La Paz early to go to Coroico, a town in the subtropical region of Bolivia, in a cloud forest ecosystem. This is a day of pure adrenaline rushes: 5 activities - via ferrata, Tibetan bridge, rappel, canopy and rope swing. This is a day guaranteed to awaken all your senses.

    LP409 Chacaltaya – Zongo Trek
    DURATION: 12 HOURS
    This walk starts early in the morning from the city of La Paz going to Chacaltaya, once the world’s highest ski slope which has disappeared due to global warming. At 5400 m.a.s.l. this is a fabulous place to walk and look out over the city of La Paz and the surrounding highland plain. You can see Illimani, and Lake Titikaka and Sajama on a clear day. From Chacaltaya descend to the Zongo Valley pass to Lake Zongo with a good view of the snow-capped Huayna Potosí. Walk to the base of Huayna Potosí or continue on through the Zongo Valley to have a delicious snack.   

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