Days
3
Price from
$275USD

Discover the cultural highlights, quirky markets and mountain vistas of La Paz on this short adventure

Bolivia is a landlocked nation complete with towering mountain peaks, high altitude plains, colonial cities and lush farming lands. Cradled at its heart is the high-altitude city of La Paz, the country's de facto administrative capital. Get set to breathe the thin air, marvel at the vistas of buildings clinging to the canyonsides, and explore the lively streets and markets. From Incan civilisation artefacts to eroded clay spires, this adventure will unearth the city's colourful highlights and quirky hidden gems.

Independent Experiences

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Start
La Paz, Bolivia
Finish
La Paz, Bolivia
Country
Bolivia
Style
Independent Experiences
Code
PSLPX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • La Paz gives a real insight into the many different sides of Bolivian culture. While young people flock to the city for its booming industry, traditionally dressed residents sell ancient potions at the Witches’ Market

  • With nearly 65 per cent of the population belonging to the Aymara, Quechua and other indigenous groups, Bolivia is the most 'Indian' nation in South America

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip travels to some remote places, as well as locations at high altitude (La Paz is the highest city in the world). Here some people can suffer from altitude sickness. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard. If possible, arrive into La Paz a few days early to allow yourself time to acclimatise. Please see the ‘Medical and health information’ section of the trip notes for more important information about altitude sickness.

Itinerary

On arrival at La Paz's El Alto International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city. Please look for your transfer guide at the airport – they will be holding a sign with your name on it. Once you have checked into the hotel, the remainder of your first day will be free. At around 3,600 metres, La Paz feels like the top of the world and vies with Tibet for the title of highest capital in the world. Although Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, La Paz is the centre of commerce, finance and industry. Despite the abundance of colonial architecture, La Paz's indigenous roots run deep, and the atmosphere in the market-filled streets is both modern and traditional. Head out into the city, situated in the middle of a vast volcanic crater. Breathe the thin air, marvel at the vistas of buildings clinging to the canyonsides, and explore the lively streets like Calle Jaen. This evening you will then meet with your local guide, who will give you a rundown on your upcoming activities in La Paz.
Accommodation
  • Rosario Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning you will be met at your hotel by your local leader and embark on a city tour of La Paz (please confirm the time at your meeting the night before). Begin with a dramatic view of the city with a ride on the world’s highest 'urban' cable car. The line stretches six miles above the capital at 13,000ft, connecting La Paz with its twin city EL Alto, once a suburb of La Paz but today one of Bolivia's largest and fastest-growing urban centres. The city – a challenging urban environment that is a mix of shacks, half finished buildings and church spires – enjoys beautiful views across the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real. Here you will visit some craft markets, selling goods made of alpaca wool, leather and other traditional materials, before visiting the Mercado de Hechiceria or Witches' Market. Browse the weird and wonderful stalls that sell everything from potions to incantations made from herbs. This witches market is rarely seen by tourists and is much more authentic than the smaller witches market in La Paz. Just outside the market is a street with dozens of types of doctors or shamans (although they prefer not to be called that today). For around 10 bolivianos (AUD 2) you can have your fortune told about your future health, love, or career. Reboard the cable car to the south of the city and take a walking tour of the extraordinary landscape of Moon Valley. This isn’t a valley, but a maze of canyons and colossal clay spires. These rugged oddities, caused by erosion, make for staggering views. On the way back down to La Paz you’ll stop at the Mirador Killi Killi Lookout. Located on top of a steep hill in the neighbourhood of Villa Pabon, it is one of La Paz’s most impressive viewing points. When you get back down to ground level the next stop is the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, which exhibits a wide collection of stunning works that takes you through Bolivian history. Your city tour comes to an end just in time for lunch. When the sun sets and the temperature drops, join the locals in seeking warmth in a bar or restaurant. Please speak to your tour leader for some suggestions of restaurants or places to eat.

Notes: Please be aware that the order of your tour may change slightly according to weather, however you will still visit everything mentioned in the itinerary.
Accommodation
  • Rosario Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • La Paz - Guided City tour
  • La Paz - Moon Valley tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Independent Experience of La Paz will come to an end today after breakfast, when you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Please ensure we are advised of your flight details booking your La Paz Experience.
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Departure Transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

2 breakfasts

Transport

Bus, On foot, Private van

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel

Included Activities

  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • La Paz - Guided City tour
  • La Paz - Moon Valley tour
  • Complimentary Departure Transfer

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Important notes

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily. /experiences.

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