From a cable car ride high above La Paz to a bike ride on the infamous Death Road, this invigorating five-day trip is packed with adventures. The itinerary focuses on the most exciting experiences in and around Bolivia's capital city. Start your trip with sightseeing at the UNESCO-listed ruins of Tiwanaku, then hurtle downhill through the Yungas cloud forest on a cycling tour. You'll visit an Afro-Bolivian community to learn about coca leaf farming before returning to the city to sample traditional Andean cuisine.

Highlights

  • Explore the ancient pre-Colombian architecture and ruins of Tiwanaku
  • Soar above La Paz on a 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 Explore the Ruins of Tiwanaku  La Paz
Day 2 Go on a Cable Car Tour of La Paz La Paz
Day 3 Cycle in the Yungas Cloud Forest  Coroico
Day 4 Visit an Afro-Bolivian Community La Paz
Day 5 Depart Bolivia  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Explore the Ruins of Tiwanaku 

Sculpture at Tiwanaku
Ancient monuments at Tiwanaku

Welcome to Bolivia! Today your guide will take you to the ruined city of Tiwanaku, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the main temples, some of which are still under excavation, including the Pyramid of Akapana, Kalasasaya, and Puma Punku, and the inspiring Gateway of the Sun and Gateway of the Moon. In addition to these traditional examples of Tiwanaku's architecture, giant monoliths and figurative representations are scattered throughout the archeological complex. Their construction remains a mystery: huge stone blocks (the heaviest weigh 45 tons each!) were placed with such precision that not a single gap exists between them. In the evening, head to your hotel in La Paz to get some rest.

Day 2: Go on a Cable Car Tour of La Paz

Sunrise in La Paz
Sunrise in La Paz

A unique adventure awaits today: you'll explore La Paz on the city's cable car system. Established in 2017, the Mi Teleférico transit system features a network of 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 its modern buildings, bustling squares, and public parks. The tour will end with a stroll along colonial Jaen Street. The evening is free to explore and dine on Bolivian cuisine in a local restaurant.

Plan your trip to Bolivia
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.

Day 3: Cycle in the Yungas Cloud Forest

The Yungas Cloud Forest
A view of the Yungas Cloud Forest

Today you'll take a once-in-a-lifetime bike ride on Death Road, often referred to as the "world’s most dangerous road." You'll be properly outfitted with a full-suspension bicycle and top-notch safety equipment, including full-face helmets, elbow and knee pads, gloves, and goggles. Follow your guide on a ride through one of the most amazing landscapes on earth, the Yungas. (In the native Aymara language, the word means “warm lands.”) The journey takes you downhill on a thrilling 11,482-foot (3500-meter) drop. During the three-hour ride, you'll enjoy incredible views of waterfalls, rivers, valleys, and the Andes. End your ride in the village of Yolosa. You'll overnight in the mountainous town of Coroico.

Day 4: Visit an Afro-Bolivian Community

Local musicians in Tocana
Local musicians in the Afro-Brazilian community of Tocana

Today you will visit Tocana, an Afro-Bolivian community where most of the residents are coca leaf farmers. The infamous coca leaf is one of the 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 accommodation in La Paz, and you'll have the evening free to enjoy before the trip ends.

Day 5: Depart Bolivia 

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

It's time to say goodbye to Bolivia. Head to the airport to catch your flight out. Safe travels!

More Bolivia Itineraries

Looking for more inspiration for your trip to Bolivia? Check out these other 5-day Bolivia itineraries, with outdoor adventures, cultural trips, and best-of tours to hit the highlights. 

Or, describe your ideal trip and we will connect you with a local specialist to make it happen.

Map

Map of Urban Adventure in La Paz - 5 Days
Map of Urban Adventure in La Paz - 5 Days