Welcome to La Paz

Coming from the Bolivian countryside, you’ll be struck by the gritty city reality. It’s the urban jungle, baby: diesel, dust, and detritus; blinding altiplano sun, cold cavernous corners of Dickensian darkness. Sharp-suited businessmen flank machine-gun-toting bank guards and balaclava-camouflaged shoeshine boys. Lung-busting inclines terminate in peaceful plazas. A maze of contradictions, where cobblestones hit concrete, and Gothic spires vie with glassine hotels, La Paz amazes and appalls all who enter.

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$8 Tours & Sightseeing

La Paz Cable Car Tour with El Alto from San Francisco Church

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mi Teleferico, La Paz, La Paz DepartmentTake the red, yellow, white, light blue, orange and silver lines, visit the witches market of El Alto and on thursdays and sundays a bit of the giant flea marketDuration: 2 hours

$125 Tours & Sightseeing

Bolivia's Death Road Mountain Bike Tour with Lunch

Meet your team of expert guides from Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking early in the morning at Higher Ground Cafe on Tarija Street in La Paz. From there, a minibus takes you for an hour-long ride to La Cumbre. Featured in numerous news outlets, Gravity has led more than 100,000 riders safely down the mountain and is recognized by major travel guides for its exemplary safety record and practices.In La Cumbre, on a plain in the Andes at 15,400 feet (4,700 meters) above sea level, note the low clouds and admire the snowcapped mountains, including Huayna Potosí, the highest peak near La Paz. Here, receive your safety briefing and practice using your mountain bike against gusts of cold wind. Pedal off and begin your death-defying ride down what locals dubbed Camino de la Muerte, or Death Road. The route has been christened the world's most dangerous road by organizations like the Inter-American Development Bank; you'll find out why on your 40-mile journey that descends 11,800 feet (3,600 meters), most of which is downhill.Ride through mist and rain on a mountain-hugging asphalt road just wide enough for two-way traffic. From the corner of your eye, catch glimpses of small villages and grazing llamas nearby, but keep your focus on the slippery road ahead of you. Pedal uphill for a few lung-sapping miles before proceeding downhill again (this portion of the ride is optional, and you may ride in the support vehicle following your group if you prefer not to bike certain parts of the tour).Stop periodically along the way to rest, have refreshments, and snap shots of the soaring cliffs, rock overhangs and lush green vegetation.Next up is the most difficult part of the ride. Enter the subtropics of the Amazonian jungle as the asphalt road turns into a dirt road, a much narrower path with gravel and mud. Take a deep breath as you realize nothing separates you from the sheer cliff drops of more than 3,300 feet (1,000 meters) a short distance away. You can, however, take some comfort in knowing that most of the traffic has been diverted to a newer road elsewhere. During the bumpy and dusty ride, feel the mist on your face from the cascading waterfalls to your right. Just when you think it can’t get any more humid, you're almost finished! Arrive at the village of Yolosa, the end of your descent, and ride to La Senda Verde Ecotourism Resort, an animal refuge. Enjoy a hot shower, unwind by the pool and feast on a pasta buffet lunch. While you relax, take in the incredible scenery, and observe monkeys, parrots and other rescued wildlife.After several hours of resting at La Senda Verde, ride the minivan back to La Paz, about a three- to four-hour drive. You also have the option of staying overnight at La Senda Verde or being dropped off in the main square of Coroico. Wherever you sleep, you'll do it well knowing your day on Death Road has earned you considerable bragging rights.

$3 Tours & Sightseeing

La Paz City Walking Tour

This tour begins at either 10am or 3pm in San Francisco Square. You will meet in front of the San Francisco Church where our guides wear and orange and beige vest with our logo on the back. Your guide will then teach you about the traditions, customs, and secrets of La Paz. See historic San Francisco Church, which was built by early Franciscans, and visit the Lanza and Rodriguez markets to wander the colorful stalls. At the creepy but popular Witches Market, see traditional products that are used in witchcraft for healing, health, and ceremonies, and when standing inside of Plaza Murillo—the city's central square—admire the soaring La Paz Cathedral as well as the Presidential Palace. The 3-hour tour concludes on the beautiful colonial Jaen Street, where after saying goodbye to your guide and thanking them for the history and tales, you can go to a coffee shop and purchase a beer made from coca or quinoa and continue exploring around town.

$44 Private & Custom Tours

La Paz Sightseeing and Moon Valley 3-Hour Private Tour

After booking, you can contact the local tour operator to customize your La Paz experience with your private guide. Your guide will then create a personalized itinerary for you and your group that includes both major landmarks and off-the-beaten-path sites where you can interact with locals and get a better look at life in La Paz. On the day of your tour, your guide will pick you up in a private vehicle and chauffeur you around the city, providing interesting commentary along the way. Typical itineraries are broken into three themes and may include some of the following attractions, depending on your interests.Historical landmarks and colonial architecture:Admire sights like the Baroque-mestizo architecture of San Francisco Church, originally founded in 1548; Metropolitan Cathedral, built in 1835; the Spanish colonial buildings that line Jaén Street (Calle Jaén); and the Presidential Palace, located on Plaza Murillo, the city’s main plaza, also home to the Bolivian Congress. Museums and markets:La Paz is known for its many museums, several of which are concentrated on Jaén Street. Top museums and other cultural centers that you may want to visit include the National Museum of Art, the Ethnography and Folklore Museum, the Museum of Musical Instruments, the Textile Museum, the Murillo House, the Gold Museum and the National Museum of Archeology. Don’t miss the chance to witness local Andean life at one or two colorful markets, where you can browse wares like embroidered shawls, alpaca wool, silver artwork and artisan crafts that make great souvenirs and gifts. Two of the most popular mercados include the Witches Market, where you’ll find herbs and other traditional remedies of the Aymara (the indigenous people of this region), or the Lanza Market, one of the city’s main food markets. Panoramic sights:Let your guide drive you to the best vantage points to admire the city skyline and take some beautiful photos. Then head about 6 miles (10 km) out of the city to explore Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna), named for its lunar-like landscape of pinnacles and canyons, caused by erosion of the mountains. At the end of your private tour, you'll be returned to your hotel, ready to continue your exploration of the city on your own.

$30 Food, Wine & Nightlife

La Paz Food, Wine and Beer Tasting Small-Group Walking Tour

Meet your local expert guide in the center of the city and strike out on foot to a local market to learn about the delicious foods available in Bolivia. Your guide will take you to the best food stalls and introduce you to stall owners who will share how they prepare their specialties.After a tour of the bustling market, make your way to a local restaurant to sample the best Bolivian dishes. Experience the warm, hearty cuisine of an equally warm and hearty people. Try local dishes including some very interesting and tasty street food. Eat at least six dishes in the 3.5-hour tour, sampling food, beer and wine that you won’t find back home. At one stop, you’ll be encouraged to make your own cocktail using Bolivian ingredients. And at the final stop, enjoy dessert and sip glasses of wine from the region that are not typically known outside of South America. At the conclusion of the tour, make your own way back to your hotel or find a spot for a nightcap. You’re sure to be full at this point!

$90 Day Trips & Excursions

La Paz to Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca Day Trip Including Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Solace Trekking and Tours, La Paz, La Paz DepartmentTour departs after hotel pick-up or meet up between 8 and 8:30am. Stop At: Tiwanaku, La Paz, La Paz DepartmentAfter arriving at Tiwanaku, the group begins a professionally guided tour through the site, which lasts approximately 45 minutes. After that time the group may explore the site on their own or visit the nearby museums in which artifacts found at the site are displayed. After visiting the museums the tour departs for an excursion to nearby Lake Titicaca and shoreline communities Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, La Paz DepartmentStopping to take lunch at the lake, and at several points of interest along the way before returning to La Paz.