Perfect for travelers who prefer a more metropolitan experience, this five-day trip will focus on the most exciting sites in and around Bolivia's capital city. Start your trip with a day of archaeological exploration in the UNESCO site of Tiwanaku before heading to La Paz for posh Andean cuisine, a cable-car tour, an adventurous day of cycling in the mountains, and immersive experiences in some of La Paz's most unique neighborhoods.

Highlights

  • Explore the ancient pre-Colombian architecture and ruins of Tiwanaku
  • Soar above La Paz on a unique cable-car tour of the city
  • Take an exhilarating bike ride on Death Road through the Yungas Cloud Forest
  • Enjoy traditional Andean meals and learn about local handicrafts

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Puno - Tiwanaku - La Paz La Paz
Day 2 Cable Car Tour of La Paz La Paz
Day 3 Yungas Cloud Forest Cycling Adventure Coroico
Day 4 Cultural Experience in the Tocaña Community La Paz
Day 5 Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Puno - Tiwanaku - La Paz

Sculpture at Tiwanaku
Sculpture at Tiwanaku

After breakfast in Puno, Peru, you will be transferred by car to the Peruvian border where you will go through migration procedures. After crossing into Bolivia, you'll change vehicles where a guide will take you to your destination in Tiwanaku, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the site, a guide will take you to the ruined city's main temples, some of which are still under excavation, including the Pyramid of Akapana, Kalasasaya and Puma Punku, and the inspiring Gateways to the Sun and Moon

In addition to the traditional examples of Tiwanaku's architecture, giant monoliths and figurative representations are scattered throughout the archeological complex. Huge stone blocks weighing as much as 45 tons each are placed with such precision that not a single gap exists between them. Intricate sculptures of both the ancient people and their gods can also be seen on-site. After lunch, a representative will drive you to your hotel in La Paz. 

Day 2: Cable Car Tour of La Paz

Sunrise in La Paz
Sunrise in La Paz

After breakfast, you will explore the city via the city's new cable car system. Since its opening in 2017, the Mi Teleférico transit system boasts a network of 10 lines that criss-cross the city. Your full-day tour will take you on six different lines—from the adjacent city of El Alto to La Paz's bohemian neighborhood of Sopocachi with modern buildings, bustling squares, and public parks. The tour will end with a stroll along colonial Jaen Street with its five, small museums, and plenty of history.

In the afternoon, you'll be returned to your hotel where you'll have the rest of the evening free.

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Day 3: Yungas Cloud Forest Cycling Adventure

The Yungas Cloud Forest
A view of the Yungas Cloud Forest

Today, you'll take a once-in-a-lifetime bike ride on the "World’s Most Dangerous Road" through one of the most amazing landscapes on earth, the Yungas, also known as the Cloud Forests of Bolivia. For the ride, we offer full-suspension bikes and the best safety equipment in the market: full-face helmets, elbow and knee pads, full-finger gloves, and Smith goggles. Our bilingual guides and staff will be happy to ride with you and share some historical facts about the road and the surroundings.

Your ride will take you downhill on an 11,482-foot (3500-meter) drop, and it will take about three hours total. During the ride, you'll experience incredible views of waterfalls, lush vegetation, rivers, valleys, and the Andes mountains, and you'll end your ride in the village of Yolosa. A driver will pick you up in Yolosa and transfer you to your accommodation in the mountainous town of Coroico.

Day 4: Cultural Experience in the Tocaña Community

Local musicians in Tocana
Local musicians in Tocana

Today, a driver will transfer you to Tocana, an Afro-Bolivian community where most of the residents are coca leaf farmers. The infamous coca leaf is one of the Yungas region's most important crops, and while it is known internationally as an ingredient of cocaine, the leaf has many other uses and is an integral part of Bolivian culture. You'll tour a farm where you'll chat with farmers and their families, and you will learn about local culture, music, foods, and nature.

In the mid-afternoon, your driver will return you to your hotel in La Paz, and you'll have the evening free. 

Day 5: Departure

View of the Andes mountains outside La Paz
View of the Andes mountains outside La Paz

It's time to say goodbye to Bolivia! After you have breakfast and spend a final morning enjoying La Paz, a driver will pick you up at your hotel. You'll be taken to the airport to catch your flight.

Map

Map of La Paz City Adventure - 5 Days
Map of La Paz City Adventure - 5 Days