La Paz, seat of government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is a unique symbiosis between the Andean cultures and modernity. It was voted in 2014 as one of the…
La Paz, seat of government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is a unique symbiosis between the Andean cultures and modernity. It was voted in 2014 as one of the New Wonder Cities of the World. The best way to get around this city is by visiting its historic and political center, its colonial streets, natural lookouts and the stunning cable car system that descends to the city from the heights of El Alto. Near La Paz, the most important archaeological complex of Bolivia is located: Tiwanaku. It is a citadel built as a result of a culture of more than three thousand years old. The most representative piece and one of the most impressive in Latin America is Puerta del Sol (Gateway of the Sun).Other optional visits:
We pick you up at 8:00 am from your hotel and begin our journey through the vast Altiplano enjoying a landscape characterized by the Andean crops and small adobe houses. Our destination is the town of Tiwanaku, the most important archaeological site of the country.
To start our approach to this amazing culture, we visit the local museum for an introduction to the Tiwanaku culture inheritance. Later, we start our trip of 3500 years into the past. We will visit the archaeological site which main attraction is Sun Gate - a door carved from a single piece of rock - one of the most important archaeological pieces of the continent. Also, we will also visit some ruins of great architectural and iconographic richness of this enigmatic pre-Inca culture: the Temple of Kalasasaya which is believed to have been a ritual platform built from giant blocks of red sandstone. Templete Subterráneo and the Pyramid of Akapana turn this place into one of the main sights of Bolivia.
After lunch, we go back to La Paz passing through many parts of the city. In the southern part, we will visit El Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), a natural formation that as a result of erosion, its great composition of clay, rain and wind have created a valley of stalagmites.
Then, we drove up to Murillo Square where the Legislative Palace, the Government Palace and the Cathedral are located. After that, we will visit the museum on Jaen Street, a beautiful and small patrimonial street reflecting the colonial history of the city. Later, we will visit the exterior of San Francisco basilica, the most representative temple of baroque-mestizo style in Bolivia. We end our tour visiting Calle de la Brujas (Witches’ Market) where you will find local crafts and Andean ritual elements to make offerings to Pachamama (Mother Earth). Finally, we go back to your hotel.