La Paz City Tour - Shared,
Half Day (afternoon only)
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The tour departs at 14:15 in the afternoon in a comfortable bus for 12 passengers. The first stop will be the Killi Killi viewpoint, where the guide will explain the topography of La Paz city and its most relevant places. You can take impressive pictures of La Paz city from here.
Next, the bus will take you to the main square of La Paz called Plaza Murillo. Here you will see historical attractions like the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government Palace and the legislative building.
On the way to the Moon Valley, you will see the replica of the subterranean temple of Tiwanaku that is in front of the city stadium.
In the Moon Valley you will walk among impressive geological formations created by the rain and erosion. These natural labyrinths seem to be from an other world.
The scenery in the Moon Valley is perfect for taking stunning photos and the calmness and peace that you will experience here is an impressive contrast to the noisiness of the city.
The Yellow Line of the cable car is the next stop in the tour. The bus will drop you off at Libertador station. You will take a trip in the cable car and see the city's secrets from the air as well as the city's guardian, The Illimani mountain, towering of La Paz. You will arrive at Sopocachi station to get back on the bus and travel to the indigenous center of the city.
The Witches' Market is a place full of traditions where the objects used in ancestral andean ritulas are sold. The Pachamama (Earth Mother) is very important for the inhabitants of La Paz city and making offerings to her is a part of daily life. For example, you will see the llama fetuses that are buried as part of a ritual at the beginning of the construction of a building, the sweets for the Pachamama and many objects for white and black magic.
You will descend the steep streets of the city filled with colourful handicrafts until you arrive at San Francisco church (Iglesia de San Francisco). This majestic church displays colonial barroque mestizo architecture. Thousands of locals gather here for various activities and it can be called the heart of the city.
The tour will end in this sector, where you may decide to go on shopping for souvenirs, visit the church and feel the heartbeat of this charming city.
The tour includes:
- English speaking guide
- Fee for the cable car(yellow line)
The rate does not include:
- Personal expenses
Wear dark glasses, sunscreen, hat and comfortable shoes.
Location of the tour
How to Get to La Paz city
Bolivia is landlocked by the Andes Mountain Range and due its particular geographic characteristics entry to Bolivia can be by air or land.
La Paz city is the political capital of Bolivia and considered the highest capital in the world. To get to La Paz city you have to travel by air or land.
El Alto International Airport (IATA: LPB): El Alto is the main gate to Bolivia, considered the world's highest international airport; at 13,313 feet/4,058 meters above sea level. It is almost half as high as a jetliner's cruising altitude and takeoffs take a bit longer due to the thin air.
Most South American airlines (TAM, LAN, TACA, etc.) serve El Alto Airport as well local airlines like BOA, TAM Militar, Amaszonas and Aerocon, all with domestic connections. Most international flights will make a stopover in Santa Cruzand Cochabamba to pick up or drop off passengers.
If you are in the USA
There are flights Miami - La Paz from American Airlines. AVIANCA, United Airlines, TACA, and LAN offer flights from Washington to La Paz as well.
If you are in Southamerica
You can find several airlines flying to Bolivia from more than a few southamerican countries: from Chile, LAN from Peru TACA, from Argentina Aerolineas Argentinas, TAM Mercosur from Sao Paulo, Brazil and Buenos Aires by Asuncion(Paraguay). Copa Airlines from Colombia, Gol from Brazil also make stops at El Alto International Airport.
If you are in Europe
Regular flights from Madrid (Barajas) to El Alto International Airport in La Paz are available from Aerolineas Argentinas. There are also less frequent flights to La Paz city from other European cities like London, Rome, Amsterdam and Berlin, all of them with stopovers in other cities to finally arrive in La Paz city.
The main bus terminal in La Paz city is located on Av. Ismael Montes, near the upper end of the Prado. Note that buses arriving from Lake Titicaca (the route for entering overland from Puno, Peru) terminate in a plaza near the City Cemetery farther to the west.
Buses leaving La Paz usually stop in El Alto to pick up more passengers. It sometimes takes almost an hour until you really leave the city.
- Seven or eight hours by bus from Cochabamba
- Three hours by bus from Oruro
There are also several bus options to reach La Paz city from Buenos Aires, Salta, Jujuy or La Quiaca in Argentina.
To reach La Paz city from Peru, there are daily buses that travel by Juliaca and Puno to Copacabana to finally arrive to La Paz city.
If you are going to start a journey by car from your country to La Paz Bolivia please consider that approximately 5% of the roads are paved, 4x4 cars are required.
To drive a car in Bolivia you will require an international driver's license to show in the several toll booths situated on the roads to charge you a fee for the road use.
Nearby tourist attractions:
La Paz City
National Park Apolobamba
National Park Cotapata
Cathedral and Plaza Murillo
Casa de Murillo
Iglesia de San Francisco
La Paz Cemetery
16 de Julio Market