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LA PAZ MARAVILLOSA, BETWEEN CULTURE & TRADITIONS

Discover this tour focused on the many Andean cultures : the discovery of the Tiwanaku ruins and its still very much alive culture, the Titicaca Lake, wedge Andean civilizations, full of legends and mysteries finishing by the traditional and cultural side of La Paz.
We propose you two dinners : the first one in the Gustu restaurant, one of the best in South America, and one other in a "peña", where you will enjoy typical Bolivian food during a traditional folk dance show.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: El Alto Airport - La Paz
  • Day 2: La Paz
  • Day 3: La Paz - Yumani
  • Day 4: Yumani - La Paz
  • Day 5: La Paz - Copacabana - La Paz
  • Day 6: La Paz - El Alto Airport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: El Alto Airport - La Paz

A private driver will pick you up at the international airport of El Alto and drive you to your hotel in La Paz.
Our guide will pick us up at the hotel lobby to spend half-a-day learning more about the history and culture of Bolivia. Located very close to the Plaza Murillo, the National Museum of Ethnology and Folklore (MUSEF) occupying the palace of the Villarverde marquises, a beautiful colonial house built in 1730 and declared National Monument in 1930. The museum presents a wide and extensive collection of articles that tell the story of the many cultures of Bolivia from the pre-Inca time to our time. Our guide will explain us the signification and symbolic of the textiles, masks, ceramics and feather art that we will admire. We will also see a vast collection of coins and banknotes from the colonial time.

Night at the Casona hotel boutique****.


Included : transfer arrival, english speaking guide, local spanish-speaking guide, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), drinks

Day 2: La Paz

Our driver will pick us up at 09:00 am at the hotel lobby. Today we will discover the most traditional side of the city, walking into the day-to-day life of the “paceños” (inhabitants of La Paz). We will first enter the indoor market of the Plaza San Francisco (Mercado Lanza) where many workers have breakfast. We will then take the cable car going up to El Alto and enjoy a splendid view over the city and the mountains that surround it. We will fly over different neighborhoods and the general cemetery, in which we will then enter to discover the Andean post-mortem traditions: here the families leave elaborated offerings on the graves. Walking from the cemetery down to the historical center we will walk through the traditions of clothing and traditional celebrations of the city. Do you remember the “cholitas”, the women using traditional Andean clothing? In every street we will find an article of their outfit: skirt, heat, shoes, jewelry… nothing is missing! In the Los Andes Street we will feel like carnival is coming. It is the tailor’s street and every shop is filed with colorful costumes and masks. We will end our tour in the Witches Market (“Mercado de las Brujas”) where the locals buy all the necessary artifacts for ceremonial offering to the Pachamama (Mother Earth): coca leaves and other medicinal plants, miniature figurines in sugar and lama fetuses.
Transfer to and from the restaurant.
It is culture time tonight! We will have dinner in the Peña Huari. In Bolivia, the “peñas” are the bars and restaurants where only traditional music is played. During dinner professional dancers will present the numerous folkloric dances of the region and the country on the stage. Every dance counts with a different colorful costume and a specific story: love ritual, fight between Good and Evil or between villages, cult to Mother Earth (“Pachamama”) etc.

Night at the Casona hotel boutique****.
Included : lunch (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, dinner (no drinks), room & breakfast, drinks

Day 3: La Paz - Yumani

Hrs : 6.00am. We leave our hotel to the village of Huatajata, stop at the Inca Utama hotel, from which the view of the lake is amazing. Then, we head to Copacabana by hydrofoil, where we visit the basilica ant the port. We go back on the hydrofoil to go to the south part of the Sun Island, where you visit the Pilcocaina temple. We head then to the village of Yumani for lunch. Spare time during the afternoon, when you could enjoy the bucolic landscapes.
Night at La Posada del Inca

Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local guide, private transport, room

Day 4: Yumani - La Paz

Spare time during the morning, although you have the possibility to meet a family from the village, sharing with us their way of life in the island. At the end of the morning, we go down the “Gran escalinata inca” long stairs, crossing the sacred fountain, where the underground water, according to the legend, give endless youth. We have lunch at the Uma kollu restaurant, from which the view to the lake is outstanding. Then, we head to the Moon Island, where we visit the sun virgin’s temple Iñak Uyu. We go back to the village of Huatajata on hydrofoil, where we visit the eco-village “Raices Andina”, the Altiplano museum and the Urus architecture. We go back to La Paz at the end of the afternoon.

Night at the Casona hotel boutique****.


Included : lunch (no drinks), local guide, private transport, breakfast, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks), drinks

Day 5: La Paz - Copacabana - La Paz

Departure from the hotel in our private vehicle for a trip to the archaeological site of Tiwanaku (1h30). Guided tour of the pre-Colombian ruins considered as the most important of the continent. We will then drive along the shores of the Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real to Copacabana.
​Treate your taste buds tonight with a gourmet dinner in the best restaurant in town​ !​ Voted as one of the 50 best restaurants in South America, the Gustu is the culinary delight of La Paz​ !​ The danish star chef,​ Claus Meyer, co-founder of Copenhagen's Noma, a three-time winner of the World's 50 Best Restaurants (and the current number two) has chosen​ Bolivia to​ open​ his new​ restaurant.
His philosophy:​ meet Bolivia, through its products. That's why the​ ​chef​ Kamilla Seidler (Danish)​ and​ Michelangelo Cestari (Venezuela) and th​eir​ Bolivian team​ work uniquely and exclusively with Bolivian products seeking appreciation and recognition of the local production and the hands that make it possible​ to make a unique Andean fusion cuisine​ !
​You will​ be ​delighted by the ​5-course ​tasting menu​ pairing with the drink (alcoholic) that best marries it.

Night at the Casona hotel boutique****.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, taxi, drinks, dinner, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks)

Day 6: La Paz - El Alto Airport

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide

La Casona Hotel Boutique   La Paz

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Set in a colonial-style building only 20 metres from San Francisco Square, La Casona Hotel Boutique offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and plasma TVs in La Paz. It features a restaurant. Decorated with parquet floors and gabled roofs, rooms at La Casona are fitted with fans, air conditioning and heating. Most of them have private balconies overlooking the city. The apartments feature fully-equipped kitchens and dining areas.

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