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How to Spend 3 Days in La Paz

How to Spend 3 Days in La Paz

A high-altitude perch between the Andes mountains and lush jungle makes La Paz a perfect base camp. Come here to ride the Death Road, see Tiwanaku’s ancient adobes, hike Palca Canyon, and cruise Lake Titicaca, but save time for the city’s colorful markets and historic landmarks. Here’s how to spend three days in La Paz.

 

Day 1: Take in La Paz Highlights

While La Paz sprawls across a long valley and beyond, most key sites are packed into the walkable heart of the city. Start the day by exploring these landmarks, from San Francisco Church to the Witches Market and the National Museum of Archeology. Here in the city center, crooked streets lead into maze-like markets, so it’s a great place to opt for a guided tour that can unlock the stories and characters that make La Paz so fascinating.

 

After a morning of sightseeing, linger in the historic center for the city’s best souvenir shopping; check out stores with cozy alpaca sweaters, bright fabrics from Andean communities, and other treasures. Warm light and mild temperatures make the late afternoon a wonderful time to explore the city, so choose between two top activities for your sunset excursion: Ride a cable car to El Alto, or head to the southern zone for a tour of the Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna), an eroded labyrinth of spires and canyons.

 

Day 2: High-Altitude Adventures

Now that you’ve had 24 hours to acclimatize, make the most of your easy access to jungles, mountains, and the altiplano with an active day. Cyclists can take on the relentless descent on the Death Road—a surprisingly safe trip now that traffic is routed onto a newer highway—and see the dramatic transitions between ecosystems on your way down into the lush Yungas jungle.

 

You can spot native vicuñas, alpacas, and llamas among the peaks of Sajama National Park, or head to the frozen slopes of Huayna Potosi for a vertical day of ice climbing. For a full-day hiking trip that doesn’t require a long drive, discover the rock formations and hidden caverns of Palca Canyon, a wild, eroded landscape just east of the city.

 

Day 3: Delve into Andean History

With one more day in La Paz, step back in time into Bolivia’s ancient past. Visit a pre-Hispanic empire on a day-trip to Tiwanaku, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s full of adobe architecture and mysterious artwork.

 

For a trip into the Inca heartland, Lake Titicaca combines deep history with a unique landscape, and amazing views on the road to the lake. The most fascinating sights are clustered on Sun Island (Isla del Sol), so be sure to save some time for a cruise into the center of the lake, where you’ll find Inca ruins, ancient farming terraces, and views of the snowy Andean peaks. If you’re up for a long day of sightseeing, you can even visit Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca on a single excursion.

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Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road

Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road

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Summon your courage and conquer the ‘world’s most dangerous road’ on an exhilarating mountain bike tour of Bolivia’s Death Road. Follow a professional guide downhill for 40 miles on a slender and serpentine road carved into the mountainside. Marvel at sweeping vistas of snow smothered Andean peaks and dense Amazon jungle along the way and the enjoy a well-deserved rest at La Senda Verde Ecotourism Resort to revitalize with lunch and observe rescued wildlife. Opt to stay overnight in the inviting accommodation of La Senda Verde or Coroico, or return to La Paz in a comfortable vehicle on the same day.
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  • 13 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.21
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$128.21

Private Tiwanaku and Titicaca Day Trip from La Paz

Private Tiwanaku and Titicaca Day Trip from La Paz

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Uncover the ancient mysteries of Tiwanaku and the natural beauty of Lake Titicaca—the world’s highest lake—on a full-day trip from La Paz. With a guide, you’ll travel to Tiwanaku to delve into the 2,500-year-old history of the recently settlement. Then, absorb the splendor of Lake Titicaca as you stop at several points of interest and refuel with a lakeside lunch. Entry fees and round-trip transport from your La Paz hotel are included.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
Price varies by group size
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$150.00
Price varies by group size

La Paz and Moon Valley Half-Day Tour

La Paz and Moon Valley Half-Day Tour

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Cover the highlights of La Paz in this half-day tour. You’ll visit traditional markets and the San Pedro prison, then float above the city in a scenic cable car ride. Your next stop is the otherworldly Moon Valley, followed by the lookout point Killi Killi. You’ll see the landmarks of the city’s historic center and make a trip to the famous Witches’ Market before returning to your hotel.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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$55.00
Price varies by group size

La Paz Food, Wine and Beer Tour

La Paz Food, Wine and Beer Tour

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Experience Bolivia’s best food, wine and spirits on a 3.5-hour, small-group gourmet tour of La Paz that explores the city’s traditional foods and cutting-edge cuisine. Follow your local guide through a vibrant food market, sample freshly-prepared treats, and learn the most important ingredients of the region’s distinctive cooking. Taste your way through a series of Bolivian classics at a nearby restaurant, mix a personalized cocktail with local ingredients, then finish your tour with cheese and a tasting of lesser-known South American wines.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.77
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$30.77

La Paz City Walking Tour Including Historical Streets

La Paz City Walking Tour Including Historical Streets

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Get a comprehensive introduction to La Paz on this city sightseeing tour. This walking tour has morning or afternoon departure times and includes a traditional Bolivian drink at its conclusion.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$5.00
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$5.00

Shared Day Tour to Titicaca Lake from La Paz

Shared Day Tour to Titicaca Lake from La Paz

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Visit Lake Titicaca and Copacabana on a full-day tour from La Paz that’s a convenient, cost-effective alternative to taking public transit, and includes a boat trip on the world’s highest navigable lake. You’ll get great views of the Cordillera Real, see Copacabana’s revered catholic church, and learn about the lake’s rich indigenous history and cultures, with all transport and activities included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.21
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$88.21
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Private Tour: La Paz City Sightseeing and Moon Valley

Private Tour: La Paz City Sightseeing and Moon Valley

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of La Paz on a 3-hour private tour of the beguiling Bolivian capital and the nearby Moon Valley. With a knowledgeable guide, witness the enchanting atmosphere of the Witches Market; admire significant landmarks like San Francisco Church and Plaza Murillo; and marvel at the natural wonder of Moon Valley. Gain fascinating insight into the city’s colonial history and peruse intriguing exhibitions in some of the capital’s museums. Relish the flexibility of this private tour and customize your itinerary according to your interests.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.00
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$66.00
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Private Tour: Lake Titicaca, Copacabana and Sun Island from La Paz

Private Tour: Lake Titicaca, Copacabana and Sun Island from La Paz

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Absorb the elevated majesty of Lake Titicaca and its sublime surroundings on a full-day private tour from La Paz. Accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide, venture to the world’s highest lake to marvel at the cobalt blue color of the water and the picturesque perimeter of snow-sprinkled mountains. Absorb the sacred atmosphere of a 16th-century basilica in Copacabana; enjoy an authentic Bolivian lunch on the waterfront; and discover the natural splendor of Sun Island, an enclave considered to birthplace of Inca civilization. Enjoy the undivided attention of your expert guide on this private tour, the commentary of which can be tailored to suit your interests.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$311.44
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$311.44
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Private Tour: Tiwanaku Archeological Site from La Paz

Private Tour: Tiwanaku Archeological Site from La Paz

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Uncover the ancient mysteries of the Tiwanaku, a vast archeological site on the shores of Lake Titicaca, on a private half-day tour from La Paz. Accompanied by an expert guide, visit the majestic pyramids and sacred temples of the site while enriching your knowledge of Tiwanaku civilization. Hear of the empire’s mysterious disappearance after thriving for a millennium, and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour. Convenient round-trip transportation from your La Paz hotel is included and a morning or afternoon option is available.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.00
Price varies by group size
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$126.00
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Private Palca Canyon Tour from La Paz with optional stop at Valle de las Animas

Private Palca Canyon Tour from La Paz with optional stop at Valle de las Animas

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Delve into the dramatic landscapes of Palca Canyon (Cañón de Palca) on a full-day hiking tour from La Paz. In the company of a guide, you’ll explore the rugged rock formations and twisting caverns of the eroded amphitheater. Observe the vivid contrast of lush flora with the barren rocks and listen to informative commentary as you explore the surreal environment. A hearty lunch, a drink and round-trip transport from your La Paz hotel are included on this small-group tour, limited to six people.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Ice Climbing Full Day

Ice Climbing Full Day

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Few capital cities can boast having a glacier just a short distance from their center. La Paz, however, can. Discover the frozen enchantment of the Huayna Potosi glacier on an ice climbing day trip that’s designed with adventurous travelers in mind. No previous experience is required to enjoy this tour, which comes with all necessary equipment.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Sajama National Park Full-Day Tour from La Paz

Sajama National Park Full-Day Tour from La Paz

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Trade the city streets of La Paz for the stunning natural beauty of Sajama National Park. You’ll visit the Curahuara de Carangas Church, one of the oldest in South America, deemed “The Sistine Chapel of the Altiplano” for its beautiful paintings. At Sajama National Park you’ll see Andean flamingos bathing at the Huayna Kota Lagoon, walk through a queñua forest, and observe wildlife like vicuñas, alpacas, and llamas.
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  • 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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$250.00