Guided tour

La Paz: Andean Architecture Tour in El Alto

4.9 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: Red Cap Walking Tours
Guided tour

La Paz: Andean Architecture Tour in El Alto

Activity provider: Red Cap Walking Tours

From US$ 25 per person

Experience the captivating mix of old and new in the city of El Alto in the company of a local guide on this walking tour that explores the cholets and cable car system.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Marvel at the incredible uniquely Andean architecture
  • Enter a cholet and see how the designs continue on the inside
  • Ride on a traditional cable car
  • Get off the beaten track in an area unknown to tourists
Full description
Explore the colorful and exuberant architecture of El Alto as you admire the neighborhood's luxurious mansions, also known as cholets, on this daily half-day Andean architecture tour. Discover a fascinating mix of ancient Andean civilization and colorful modern textiles through the kitsch designs of the cholets. Learn more about the bourgeois residents who show their wealth through building these vibrant, futuristic mansions and throwing luxurious parties in them. In the company of a local guide, travel up through the city in a cable car which will allow you to see several different areas of El Alto. You will also have the opportunity to enter one of these cholets and see the vibrant designs throughout its interior. On this tour you will discover not only the breathtaking architecture of the cholets, but also the culture and traditions which they represent. 
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Local snacks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet at the doors to the Michelline cafe, next to the entrance to the purple cable car station in the center of the city (Estacion Teleferico Morado). Your guide will be wearing a red cap.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • This is a walking tour at high altitude, take your time and advise the guide if you need to rest
  • The weather in La Paz is extremely changeable, a rainjacket is recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
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February 15, 2023

Super lehrreiche Tour an einem Sonntag, inclusive Seilbahn und Collectivo Fahrt. Denise ist ein wunderbarer Tourguide. Die 3 Stunden sind wie im Flug vergangen!

November 25, 2022


Un tour muy interesante, claramente explicado, vale la pena ir...

November 9, 2022


Product ID: 308688