La Paz, Bolivia
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  • La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Full-Day Tour

    1. La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Full-Day Tour

    After pickup from your hotel in central La Paz at around 7:30 AM, you'll head to Tiwanaku to explore the most important archaeological site in Bolivia.  Located near the southern shore of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, the city of Tiwanaku, also spelled Tiahuanaco, was the capital of a powerful pre-Incan civilization that dominated the Andean region between 500 AD and 900 AD. Arriving later, the Incas regarded Tiwanaku as the site where their god Viracocha rose from the depths of Lake Titicaca. With your guide, you'll explore this monumental site that includes several temples, a pyramid, symbolic gates, and mysterious rock carvings of alien-like faces. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back to La Paz. 

    It was a highly professional and a good trip. Since there were no other travelers, it was kind of a private tour and I was very satisfied by it. The guide Álvaro is very knowledgeable and helped me to take nice photos. Thanks!

  • From La Paz: Titicaca, Copacabana, and Isla del Sol Day-Trip

    2. From La Paz: Titicaca, Copacabana, and Isla del Sol Day-Trip

    Depart from La Paz on a fully guided day-trip that sails on Titicaca Lake and visits Copacabana and Yumani as well as Isla del Sol. Enjoy a tasty lunch and discover the famous Inca Steps and the Inca Fountain. Leave La Paz at around 7 am and after approximately 3 hours you will arrive at Tiquina, the narrowest part of the Lake Titicaca. Cross to the other side by boat and continue the trip on a 30-minute bus ride to the town of Copacabana. Once there, have lunch and then head towards the shore to catch a boat to the Isla del Sol, where you will see the Inca steps and the Inca fountain, also known as the youth fountain.  This Inca fountain represents the 3 pillars of the Aymara Culture, Ama Sua, Ama Llulla, and Ama Quella, which mean, you shall not steal, shall not lie, and shall not be lazy. Afterward, visit the town of Yumani and then start heading back to the port to catch the boat...

  • La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus

    3. La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus

    Day 1: La Paz to Uyuni Your service begins with pickup from your hotel in La Paz (1 hour before the bus departure time), at which point you will take a night bus to Uyuni. The selected bus comes with reclining seats, a bathroom on board, English assistance, and a small dinner included. Day 2: Uyuni to San Juan Following a 9-hour bus ride, you will be transferred to the offices where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast before beginning your tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats and the colorful lagoons. The first stopping point is the "train cemetery", where you will be able to see old and time-worn trains. You will then continue your tour to the "Salar de Uyuni" by Colchani, where you can observe the manual processing of edible salt. Following this, your tour continues to visit the salt mounds and the center of the Salar, where you will visit the Isla Incah...

  • La Paz: Cable Car, Cemetery, Shaman, and El Alto Tour

    4. La Paz: Cable Car, Cemetery, Shaman, and El Alto Tour

    See La Paz from the sky and explore the alternative side of the city on this off-the-beaten-track tour. Start in the city center and ride the red cable car to El Alto, marveling at the spectacular panoramic views. Stop by the famous cemetery and take in the works of art at its open-air gallery. In El Alto, visit a local shaman and learn about Andean spirituality and healing herbs, as well as having your fortune read in coca leaves. Explore the vibrant neighborhood of El Alto, a district known for its fascinating combination of historical tradition and big-city lifestyles, with an expert local guide. Board another teleférico (cable car) and make your way back to the city center, admiring the incredible views along the way. 

    Cristian was great. It was Todos Santos so no shamans around so we spent extra time at the cementery. Having someone with us who knew what they were doing made all the difference

  • From La Paz: Tiwanaku Guided Tour

    5. From La Paz: Tiwanaku Guided Tour

    Depart La Paz and journey by air-conditioned minivan to the town of Tiwanaku on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Get stunning views of the landscape and flora and fauna along the way. Visit the archaeological museum upon arrival and learn about the history of the Tiwanaku Empire – one of the oldest civilizations in South America. Explore the fascinating monuments of the site with your guide, including the cross-shaped Akapana pyramid structure and the Semi-Subterranean Temple with walls covered with tenon heads of different styles. Go to the Gate of the Moon and Puma Punku temple and learn the history of each monument and the ancient civilization that created them. Break to enjoy a traditional lunch before returning to La Paz.

  • La Paz: Catamaran Cruise on Lake Titicaca

    6. La Paz: Catamaran Cruise on Lake Titicaca

    After being collected from your La Paz accommodation, you will be transferred to Copacabana to make a brief visit to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Copacabana. From there you will board your catamaran cruise and will sail to the Isla del Sol, enjoying a snack on board. On this legendary island, the cradle of the Inca Empire, you will visit the garden, the stairs, and the Inca Fountain. Your itinerary also includes a visit to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, the main private tourist attraction of Bolivia. This includes the underground museum of the Ekako, the traditional medicine and totora raft construction centers, the Pachamama terraces of Inca agriculture, an artisan center, the Intica refuge, and the largest variety of Andean camelids located in the "Manco Kapac" viewpoint. Your visit to the complex also includes the unique experience of sailing aboard a huge typical "Totora" raft, a...

  • La Paz Half-Day Walking Tour

    7. La Paz Half-Day Walking Tour

    Discover La Paz like a local on a 2.5 to 3-hour walking tour with an English-speaking guide. Learn more about the history, culture and traditions of the city and its people, such as why the women wear such amazing hats and why there are zebras on the streets! Hear why the shoe shiners wear masks, and why there has been so much political turmoil in the city over the years. Visit the Witches' Market to discover what potions you should buy, and get explanations about the beliefs of the people of the Andes. Go to Plaza Murillo to admire the Presidential Palace, National Congress of Bolivia, Cathedral of La Paz and other historic monuments.

    Very well done tour. Our guide, Daniel and his partner were excellent. They gave us a good look at the city plus passed on many cultural aspects of Bolivian society. Guides were knowledgeable and presented well in English.

  • From Puno to La Paz: Copacabana and Isla del Sol Boat Tour

    8. From Puno to La Paz: Copacabana and Isla del Sol Boat Tour

    Get picked up from your hotel in Puno at 6:30 AM for a quick transfer to the city bus station. Travel by road alongside Lake Titicaca towards the Bolivian side of the border until your reach Copacabana, admiring stunning shoreline views over quintessential Altiplano landscapes.  Make a brief visit to the beautiful Sanctuary of the Virgin of Copacabana before boarding a catamaran to begin your cruise to Sun Island, the cradle of the Inca Empire. Once at this legendary island, visit the Inca palace at Pilko Kaina, followed by the Inca Garden located on top of the Island. Continue to explore Inti Wata Cultural Complex, the main private tourist attraction in Bolivia, that includes the underground Museum of Ekako, various centers of traditional medicine, Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama Agricultural Inca Terraces, a craft center, the Intica lounge, and a vast array ...

  • La Paz: 6-Day Private Best-of-Bolivia Tour with Flights

    9. La Paz: 6-Day Private Best-of-Bolivia Tour with Flights

    Day 1: Your tour begins with pickup from the airport (according to your itinerary of arrival). In the afternoon, your guide will pick you up up to carry out a city tour through the urban city of La Paz. You will visit Plaza Murillo, Palacio Presidencial, and Moon Valley, before taking a cable car ride. At the end of the service, your guide leave you at the Hotel Rosario to enjoy your dinner and rest. Day 2: Following breakfast, you will take a flight to Sucre. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by your guide. Following that, explore the city of Sucre through a walk and visit the colonial streets of Sucre, La Recoleta, Parque Cretacico, and others. Day 3: Your second day will begin as you depart from Sucre in your private vehicle with your guide. From there, venture to Potosi and visit the mines, after which you wil...

  • Sajama National Park From La Paz

    10. Sajama National Park From La Paz

    You will be picked up from your hotel in La Paz and then cross the Bolivian altiplano. Visit the Chullpas tombs, many of which still contain skeletal remains. Visit the Church of Curahuara de Carangas, one of the oldest in the continent. Enjoy a packed lunch and then, in the afternoon, head to the town of Sajama. Explore the forest of queñuas, before having dinner and spending the night in the town of Sajama. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, continue your tour with an early visit to the geysers. On the way, you can observe typical Andean fauna, Alpacas, llamas, and Vicuñas, Later, visit some hot springs before returning to La Paz.

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What people are saying about La Paz, Bolivia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Simply sensational!! For those who like it, it's a super ride, liberating, super cultural, rich in stories and knowledge. In addition to the Guide who took us to be super knowledgeable about everything and told us about all points from leaving the hotel to returning to the hotel. My husband and I loved it and we highly recommend it!

Two guides gave us very entertaining and enthusiastic information about the city and the political situation in the country. It is a free walking tour. In Bolivia you cannot offer your service without a fixed price, so the tour is offered at the officially lowest possible price so that the tours can take place.

It was a highly professional and a good trip. Since there were no other travelers, it was kind of a private tour and I was very satisfied by it. The guide Álvaro is very knowledgeable and helped me to take nice photos. Thanks!

Very well done tour. Our guide, Daniel and his partner were excellent. They gave us a good look at the city plus passed on many cultural aspects of Bolivian society. Guides were knowledgeable and presented well in English.

Loved the tour! A very interesting story! Great guide! I recommend to everyone!