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AUTHENTIC BOLIVIA

Duration: 3 days
DATE: MAY 2018
DESTINATION: LA PAZ - BOLIVIA
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DAY 1-May 4th

Your flight will arrive to La Paz at 06:06 am and we will pick you up from the Airport, as soon we arrive to the hotel you can relax and have breakfast. With varying elevations from 11,900 – 13,200 feet above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. La Paz was founded in 1548 by a Spaniard called Alonso de Mendoza. It is the country's largest city, and it is the center of industry, commerce and finance. Although Sucre represents the judicial capital, La Paz has usurped most government power, and now is the de facto capital. Today La Paz has more than a million inhabitants, over half of whom descend from Indian heritage hold on to its past so firmly. Many of the women “cholas” wear traditional clothing every day: colorful multi-layered petticoats, fringed shawls, lace aprons, and (oddest of all) bowler hats, which look like they came straight from a pre-war London haberdashery. At 12:00 we discover La Paz. The City of La Paz and its surroundings can transport you to a mysterious past where any corner, any street, is a hidden treasure where adventure begins; a living history which treasures the pre-Hispanic times with all their traditions and magic rites on its streets. The indigenous, colonial, and modern areas, Indian Market, Witch Doctor's Market and breath-taking panoramas are all framed by the majestic "Illimani" mountain.

This program 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 traditions, here a couple dancers will delight you with some of the best Bolivian music in a short private show. 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. If we’re lucky we may be able to join in a party where you will see popular Andean festivities first-hand, and finally Witches market where we will learn about Bolivian syncretism and religion.

In the afternoon a 20-minute ride will take us through the city’s residential areas and down to the Valley of the Moon, an serie 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. (B)

Meals: Brekfast, Lunch and dinner

01 Overnight in Atix Hotel

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Day 2-MAY 5TH

Early in the morning we will drive from La Paz to Tiwanaku arqueological monument, this impressive site belongs to one of the most important cultures in America, 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. Later we will drive to 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

01 Overnight in Suites Hotel Rosario

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Day 3-MAY 6th

In the morning in private motor boat from the lakeside to the Island of the Sun where the first stop wil be 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. Later we will walk to the Inca Gardens where you can see traditional Andean agricultural systems (terraces) and marvel at the majestic Andes mountain range, here you will visit a local family nothing stages and made for tourist, Ramon and her wife will prepare a typical lunch for you “Apthapi ” that means sharing is buffet of the vest product’s produce on the Andean region, thwy also will show you a little bit of their life style, then we will take again our boat to take you across to the Island of the Moon to visit the Temple of the Sun Virgins “Iñak Uyu” and return to Copacabana to take the car that will take you to La Paz, on our way we will stop near Tiquina where we will take a short ride in Reed Boat to learn about this type of transportation and the importance of it for the development of cultures.

On the evening transfer to the Airport to leave from La Paz at 18:30

PHOTO GALLERY

just a sample of what you´ll see during this program