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

1. 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 back to Copacabana. Once in Copacabana, explore the church, main square, and the crafts market. By 6 PM you will catch the bus back to La Paz, where you should arrive back in the city by 10 PM.

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La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Tour by Bus

2. La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Tour by Bus

Day 1: La Paz, Uyuni Your trip begins with pickup from your hotel in La Paz, from where you will take a night bus to Uyuni at 8:30PM. Your bus will come complete with reclining seats, a bathroom on board, English assistance, and a small dinner included. Day 2: Uyuni, Salt Flats, Uyuni, and La Paz Following a relaxed trip on your bus, you will arrive to Uyuni at 7:30AM where your private driver will wait for you to transfer you to the Uyuni headquarters. There you can enjoy a delicious American-style buffet in one of the most popular cafes in the area. Your adventure then begins as you visit the train cemetery, an open museum where you will be able to observe old trains. Next, continue to Colchani where you'll see the salt processors which mine salt from the region. You will then enter the Uyuni Salt Flats where the enchanting landscape of the salt fields and stunning colors are sure to amaze you. Next, head to Incahuasi Island to discover the giant cacti and rock formations. At the end of this small walk on Incahuasi Island, a delicious local lunch will be your reward. You will then be granted time to take photos and learn about the region from your expert guide. Next, return to the salt flats and enjoy a special toast with snacks and warm drinks while watching a wonderful sunset, which will be enhanced by the surrealistic colors and landscapes. Upon culminating this special experience, you will return to the city and drive to the Uyuni Bus Station to embark on your return by bus to the city of La Paz. Upon your arrival in La Paz the following day, your private driver will be waiting for you to move you to a place of your preference.

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

3. 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. 

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La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Full-Day Tour

4. 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. 

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La Paz Half-Day Walking Tour

5. 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.

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La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus

6. 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 Incahuasi, a natural formation of volcanic rock and giant cacti. Your trip then continues to the opposite side of the Salar to go to San Juan, a town located on the banks of the Salar where you will spend the night in a comfortable room and enjoy a delicious local dinner. Day 3: San Juan to Laguna Colorada After enjoying a delicious breakfast, your guide will direct you to the south west where you will discover the Cañapa, Stink, Chiarkota, Honda, and Ramadita lagoons. At these locations you can observe large amounts of flamingos and other birds, such as Andean Geese and seagulls that accompany the flamingos in these lagoons which are flanked by picturesque snowy volcanoes. Your tour then continues to the "Laguna Colorada" where you will spend the night in a basic room with warm blankets and sleeping bags. Following an exquisite local dinner, you can observe the stars and the milky way which are clearly visible due to this place being considered one of the cleanest places on the planet. Day 4: Lagoons, Uyuni, La Paz On your fourth day you can get up early to go in search of the geysers known as "Morning Sun". This will allow you to get to see the first rays of sunlight in this picturesque area where volcanoes seem active and emit fumaroles and volcanic activity in small quantities. Continuing with your trip, you will travel over the highest point of the road at approximately 5,000 meters above sea level. Your trip then continues with a visit to Laguna Colorada before continuing to the "stone tree" and along the high plateau road to reach the hot springs of Polques. There you can take a hot bath and then cross the desert of Dali to reach the green lagoon located at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. Your tour then returns to Uyuni, where on the Camino you can observe Andean plants and animals of the area before you arrive to Uyuni at 5:00PM. Following a short break, you will be transferred to your bus for your return to La Paz. Day 5: La Paz Following your bus trip, you will return back to La Paz. There a transfer vehicle will be waiting for you to transfer you to a destination of your choosing.

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From La Paz: Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca One-Day Tour

7. From La Paz: Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca One-Day Tour

Enjoy a visit to the ruins of Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca in a single day accompanied by a local guide. Start with pickup from your hotel in La Paz at 8:00 AM to go to the town of Tiwanaku, where mysterious ruins of the Inca Empire are located. Hear about the mysteries of the Monolith, and learn about Incan culture from your guide. See the "Puerta del Sol", the "Puerta de la Luna", the "Temple of Kalasasaya." Visit the Archaeological Museum in Tiwanaku, where you can see an array of Incan artifacts. Afterwards, stop for a local lunch in the village.  After lunch, continue to Huatajata, a town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Meet people who build "totora boats" and experience a ride on one of these vessels through the waters of the lake. Take the opportunity to snap photos of the natural beauty of the area. Return to La Paz at approximately 4:00 PM

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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 of Andean camelids in the Manco Capac lookout. While at the complex, you can take an optional sailing experience on a huge traditional Titicaca vessel and admire panoramic views of the Pilko Kaina Inca palace. Afterwards, board the catamaran once more and continue on to Copacabana while enjoying the majestic panorama of Lake Titicaca. Finally, board the bus and get dropped off in La Paz at around 7:30 PM.

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La Paz: Cable Car Ride Tour with Food Tasting

9. La Paz: Cable Car Ride Tour with Food Tasting

Explore La Paz from a unique perspective as you travel around the city in a cable car. You will switch between 5 different lines and have the opportunity to see impressive buildings, the imposing Illimani Hill and much more. Head to the southern area of the city and visit Moon Valley, famous for its other-worldly volcanic lava formations, where you can admire beautiful Andean plants and animals. Once back on solid ground, enjoy a walking tour of the city in the company of your local guide. Observe the daily life of locals and learn more about the routine, customs and traditions of this beautiful country. Reach the famous Jaen Street where you can sample delicious food and drinks at a local market and admire stunning local clothing before getting dropped off back at your hotel. 

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La Paz to Uyuni: Sleeper Bus Ticket and Hotel Pick-Up

10. La Paz to Uyuni: Sleeper Bus Ticket and Hotel Pick-Up

Your tour starts at 8:30 pm in your centrally located hotel or hostel in La Paz, Bolivia where your guide will be waiting to greet you. Take a short drive with your guide to the La Paz bus terminal. Once you board your bus, dinner will be waiting for you so you can kick off your journey in absolute comfort.  Set off from the La Paz terminal at 10:00 pm. Admire the spectacular views of the Andean countryside on your route, including the volcanic hills, and even do a bit of animal spotting. Whilst onboard, feel free to make use of the bathroom facilities as you please. Rest comfortably on your trip to Uyuni with warm blankets, air conditioning, heating, an on-board bathroom, Wi-Fi and full bed seats. You should arrive in Uyuni at approximately 07:30 am. You can then enjoy a private transfer to your accommodation in the city and enjoy the rest of your holiday.

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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!