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US$ 735Bolivia Tour Price per person based on double occupancy & private service. All intermediate transfers included. Airfares not included.
Duration:4 Days
Destination:La Paz, Copacabana, Sun Island-Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku

CULTURAL BOLIVIA TOUR DESCRIPTION

On this 4 day Bolivia Tour package you will visit the:

  • Andean city of La Paz, the highest capital in the world.
  • Famous Witch Doctor’s Market, showcasing folk artifacts & remedies.
  • Out-of-this-world rock erosion patterns of Moon Valley.
  • Monumental Tiwanaku Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Legendary Sun Island on Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Inca Empire.
  • Colorful city of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

You can add the Uyuni Salt Flats to this Bolivia Tour itinerary. See our 5 Day Uyuni Tour Package for more information.

LA PAZ

Founded in 1548 by Spanish conquistadores, Nuestra Señora de La Paz, commonly known as La Paz, is Bolivia’s third most-populous city, the seat of the country’s government and the capital of the La Paz Department. It is located on the western side of Bolivia, nestled between the Andes Mountains, at an altitude of roughly 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level. La Paz is a city that showcases tradition with flair.

TIWANAKU

Tiwanaku (Spanish: Tiahuanaco or Tiahuanacu) is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in western Bolivia. The city of Tiwanaku, capital of a powerful pre-Hispanic empire that dominated a large area of the southern Andes and beyond, reached its apogee between 500 and 900 AD. Its monumental remains testify to the cultural and political significance of this civilization, which is distinct from any of the other pre-Hispanic empires of the Americas.

SUN ISLAND – LAKE TITICACA

Isla del Sol (Sun Island) is an island in the southern part of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. Lake Titicaca is said to be the birthplace of the Sun god and other pre-columbian gods, as well as the place from where Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, founders of the Inca Empire, emerged.

There are over 80 ruins on Sun Island. Most of these date to the Inca period during the 15th century AD. Many hills on the island contain agricultural terraces, which adapt steep and rocky terrain to agriculture. Among the ruins on the island are the Sacred Rock, a labyrinth-like building called Chinkana, Kasa Pata, and Pilco Kaima.

 

BOLIVIA TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Morning transfer from the Airport:
International flight Lima or Cusco – La Paz (booked on your own). Private transport WITH DRIVER ONLY from the airport to your hotel in La Paz.

City Tour La Paz and Moon Valley Half Day:
Meet at the lobby of your hotel to begin your Bolivia Tour with the highlights of La Paz. Start with the Witch Doctor’s Market (where you can find herbs, folk remedies and fascinating ingredients used in Aymara rituals), and the typical handicrafts market of Sagarnaga Street.

Continue to the San Francisco Colonial Church (Museum not included) and Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace, and the National Congress buildings are located. After this, visit the charming, cobble-stoned street of Jaen, one of the last colonial streets of downtown La Paz, and home to a range of museums, shops, bars and restaurants. Transfer to Plaza España to take the Yellow and Green Lines of the city’s sky lift towards the southern area of the city. Here you will enjoy panoramic views of the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida.

The tour ends with a fascinating visit to Moon Valley, an amazing display of rock erosion patterns like something from out of this world. In addition, you will visit and enjoy the small gallery of celebrated local potter, Mario Sarabia (duration: 4 hours). Return to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Rosario Hotel La Paz.

DAY 2

Transfer to Copacabana and Tour:
Pick up from the lobby of your hotel. Transport to Copacabana (duration: 4 – 4 ½ hours, altitude: 3,840m / 12,595ft). Lunch at the outdoor terrace of the Rosario Hotel, overlooking Lake Titicaca.

After lunch, visit the Basilica, a stark, white, Moorish-looking building decorated with Portuguese-style blue tiles and rounded domes. Inside is the Shrine de la Virgen de Copacabana — a statue carved in the 15th century believed to be responsible for countless miracles. People believe that if she’s removed, Lake Titicaca will rise in rebellion and flood the town.

We recommend you take an optional walk (duration: 1½hours) through the 12 Stations of the Cross, as devout Catholics do during the Easter season. This great walk uphill will help you understand the layout of the town and the position of nearby islands. The views of Lake Titicaca, on the way up, are also worth the journey. It is worth noting that in contrast to the strong Catholic influences found in Copacabana, you will also find Yatiris (Aymara masters) performing spiritual cleanings called “challas” or coca leaf readings.

Transfer to Sun Island:
After your tour of Copacabana, transfer by boat to the Port of Pilkokaina in the southern part of Sun Island on Lake Titicaca–legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. Here you will be welcomed by the La Estancia Eco-Lodge staff. Please note the lodge is situated at the top of the island and requires a smooth uphill walk with amazing views of the lake. You will visit the Inca ruins of Pilkokaina Palace along the way, (duration: 1- 1 ½ hours). From the lodge, behold an amazing sunset. Evening free.

Overnight at La Estancia Eco-Lodge.
(B, L, D at your hotel)

DAY 3

Escalera del Inca and Transfer to Tiwanaku:
After enjoying breakfast at the Eco-lodge, walk down to the Port of Yumani and visit the Escalera del Inca, a stairway leading to the Inca Fountain, once believed to be a fountain of youth. This was a place where ceremonies dedicated to water and insemination of earth took place. After a short trek with wonderful panoramic views of Lake Titicaca, take a boat back to Copacabana (duration: 1 hour) to then be transferred to Tiwanaku (duration: 3 – 4 hours).

Half Day Tiwanaku Ruins and Transfer to La Paz:
After lunch, visit the Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture, which includes beautiful monumental stone buildings that survive in the protected archaeological zones. See the Kalasasaya Temple (Sun), the legendary Sun Gate, the Semi-subterranean temple (Earth), the Akapana Pyramid, the Puma Punku ceremonial center, as well as the museums where you will enjoy an impressive collection of objects and tools of ancient civilizations in addition to monumental monoliths (duration: 1 ½ – 2 hours). Transfer to your hotel in La Paz (duration: 1 ½ hours).

Evening free.
Overnight at Rosario Hotel in La Paz.
(B, L)

DAY 4

Meet at your hotel’s lobby to  transport you WITH DRIVER ONLY to the airport. Take your international flight (booked on your own).
(B)

 

LEGEND
BBreakfast
SSnack
LLunch
DDinner
BLBoxed Lunch

 

BOIVIA TOUR PRICES

Price per person*1 Person2 People4 People6 People8 People10 People12 People
3 StarsUS$ 1,315US$ 735US$ 540US$ 460US$ 475US$ 440US$ 415
3 Stars SuperiorUS$ 1,350 US$ 775US$ 580US$ 500US$ 520US$ 485US$ 460
4 StarsUS$ 1,400 US$ 805US$ 610US$ 535US$ 550US$ 515US$ 490
5 StarsUS$ 1,545 US$ 880US$ 685US$ 605US$ 625US$ 585US$ 565

*This Bolivia Tour is in private service only. Prices include payment transaction fees.

 

INCLUDED IN BOLIVIA TOUR

Included in Bolivia Tour Price*Not included
Hotel accommodations according to itinerary.International and domestic flights.
Meals according to itinerary.Visas required to enter Bolivia.
All entrance tickets.Airport Taxes for international and domestic flights.
All tour and intermediate transfers.Drinks.
All guided excursions in English in private service.Tips.
Embarkation fees (Lake Titicaca).

NOTES:

FOR THE HIGHLANDS (La Paz, Tiwanaku, Copacabana, & Lake Titicaca):

  • Upon arrival in La Paz, we recommend you rest for at least 3 hours; do not eat much, as digesting food might be a bit slow during your first day due to the altitude.  Also, you can drink coa tea (except those who suffer from high blood pressure and heart problems).
  • Wear comfortable footwear and clothes (dress in layers).
  • Drink water, wear sunglasses, sunscreen and sun cap.
  • Bring moisturizing cream and a small backpack for excursions.
  • Do not forget a camera or videocamera to capture the amazing places you’ll visit.
  • We recommend bringing abundant contact lens solution or an additional pair of glasses.

References:

20 Lugares Maravillosos que no Están de Moda (El Vaso Medio Lleno)

La Paz is Adventure Up High (Lonely Planet)

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