La Paz, in Bolivia, is the world’s highest (administrative) capital. Its altitude ranges from 4,058 m.a.s.l. at El Alto airport and 3,100 mt. in the lower residential area.
Bolivia is culturally fascinating, and it is arguably the most indigenous nation in South America. Even in the capital, most local women wear traditional clothing every day: colourful multi-layered petticoats, lace aprons, and bowler hats.
There are so many things to do in La Paz that we created a suggested itinerary for a 5-day stay. La Paz is renowned for its unusual topography; a clear example is The Moon Valley in the outskirts of the city. Alternatively, enjoy the best views of fascinating La Paz from the Killi Killi view-point or the new Cable car system.
Explore the seemingly endless market stalls at Witches’ markets, undoubtedly a very different market with an incredible variety of goods. Or walk through Calle Jaen, a quaint, cobble-stoned street home to a range of museums, shops, bars and restaurants. Another thing to do in La Paz is to visit Tiwanaku ruins, a reminiscent site of the pre-Columbian Tiwanaku empire. Another option is to explore the Yungas, a tropical forest rich in wildlife, only one hour drive from downtown.
Arrive in La Paz and transfer to your hotel. Take it easy as you adjust to the altitude in this literally breathtaking city (3,640m).
Enjoy a half-day tour visiting the colonial centre of La Paz and the exotic stalls of the Witches’ Market. Continue to the Valley of the Moon to see the otherworldly rock formations shaped by erosion. Later this afternoon, ride a cable car for unforgettable views over the city.
Today’s tour will take you across the Altiplano to the ancient city of Tiwanaku, one
of South America’s largest archaeological sites. Estimated to have peaked between
500 and 1000 CE, the city once supported around 10,000 inhabitants.
Enjoy a day of stunning contrasts on a full-day tour to Las Yungas. Travel to the high pass at La Cumbre (4,496m) before descending to the tropical lowlands and visiting the pretty town of Coroico. The town is just 96km from La Paz but feels like a world away. After lunch, return to La Paz.
Depart La Paz this morning. Visit Lake Titicaca on your way to Peru or travel south to the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats.