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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: Mountain Bike Down the World's Most Dangerous Road

4. La Paz: Mountain Bike Down the World's Most Dangerous Road

The dramatic and scenic “World’s Most Dangerous Road”, locally known as “Death Road”, “Camino de la Muerte” is a must-do adventure activity in South America. Your highly-trained English-speaking guides and mechanics will give you all the assistance you need to get down safely, comfortably, and with amazing time. Your guides have been riding this road for over 20 years, and know how to get it done with utmost safety and security. Drive up from La Paz, Bolivia, and begin biking at wind-swept La Cumbre at 4700 meters altitude. At this height, you’ll get fantastic views of a number of snow-covered peaks. From here, descend rapidly down a twisting asphalt road among mountain peaks, grazing llamas, alpacas, and tiny villages. Stop for refreshments, photos, and rests along the way, all the better to give you time to take in the scenery: towering cliff faces, dramatic drops and even greener vegetation. This will give you time to prepare yourself for the next breath-taking section of the ride. Descend even further, and after a brief undulating section of the road, you’ll enter the jungle itself and the most challenging part of the ride. This infamous narrow dirt road is cut precariously into the side of the mountain and descends 2000 meters in altitude. Ride on through mist, low cloud, and dust. As the end gets near, it gets progressively hotter and dustier. By the time you arrive at the bottom in Yolosa, you’ll be hot, dirty, and exhilarated, having conquered Death Road with no fear. Just around the corner, you’ll visit La Senda Verde Animal Refuge to enjoy a buffet lunch and take in the magnificent scenery and the animals of the Yungas. While there, have the chance to see some of the region's native animals, including hundreds of monkeys, an Andean spectacled bear, capibara, birds, and so much more. Your visit helps the refuge maintain their incredible work rescuing animals from the black market. Many happy riders have said this was the best experience of their trip to Bolivia. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience, your guides, bike, and coaching will get you down safely and feeling amazing for having done it. There’s truly no downhill ride like this in the world.

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La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Full-Day Tour

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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: Uyuni Salt Flats Luxury Tour

8. From La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Luxury Tour

Following pick-up from your La Paz hotel in the morning, transfer to El Alto Airport to catch the 45-minute flight to Uyuni. Get amazing views of La Paz before landing at Uyuni Airport, where an English-speaking guide and private driver will meet your off your flight. Enjoy a delicious American-style buffet breakfast in one of the area's most popular cafés. Go to the amazing train cemetery to see where old trains are laid to rest. Then, learn how salt is processed at the small town of Colchani and enter the Uyuni Salt Flats to be amazed by the salt fields.  Head to Incahuasi Island to see giant cacti and rock formations before a delicious local lunch. Learn about the region from your guide. Continue to the foot of Tunupa Volcano to get stunning views of the Andes landscape and look for native animals such as llamas and vicuñas. Return to the salt flats for a sunset toast, and then drive back to the airport for your return flight to La Paz. Get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

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From La Paz: Huayna Potosí 2-Day Climbing Trip

9. From La Paz: Huayna Potosí 2-Day Climbing Trip

Day 1: La Paz - Paso Zongo - High Camp Drive for around 1.5 hours from La Paz to Paso Zongo, going up from 3,600 to 4,700 meters. Once at Paso Zongo, have lunch in one of the refuges before starting the 3 to 4-hour trek up to high camp. Walk up on a well-used path on rock to high camp, which sits on a rock buttress at the base of the glacier, at an altitude of 5150 meters. Get your gear ready for the early start the next morning. You will also have time to rest, eat dinner, and rehydrate. Turn in for an early night in the refugio. Day 2: High Camp - Summit - High camp - La Paz Get up early for a long day of adventure with 9-13 hours of climbing. Wrapped up warm, equipped for climbing, and with your crampons on, you’re ready to go.  Follow a trail on the glacier and conquer two steep sections. You will first encounter one at around 5,600 meters, called the Pala Chica. Here the trail goes through a small ice and snow wall (about 10 meters high). After this part, keep following the trail on the glacier up to 6,000 meters. From here you will see the summit (6,088 meters). Experience the thrill of climbing along the last section to the summit on an exposed ridge. At the summit, you will be able to see from Illimani (6,439 meters) in the south to Illampu (6,368 meters) in the north. After your photoshoot on top, head back down the same way to High Camp. Have a short rest and pack your gear. Then, head back down to base camp to meet your transportation for an approximately 1-hour drive back to La Paz. Get dropped back off at the original meeting point in La Paz.

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

10. 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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What people are saying about La Paz, Bolivia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 161 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!