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How to Spend 1 Day in La Paz

How to Spend 1 Day in La Paz

Downtown streets have snowy peaks for a backdrop in Bolivia’s high-altitude, high-energy capital, and a soaring network of cable cars gives riders a condor’s view of it all. With one day in La Paz, you can sample a bit of everything, from the wares at the Witches’ Market to historic churches, eroded canyons, and exceptional museums.

 

Morning: Check out the Historic Center

Test your legs—and your lungs—on a walking tour of downtown La Paz, where modernity meets landmarks from the colonial era. The maze of streets disappears into markets that are even harder to navigate, making this a great place to check out with a guide. One highlight of downtown is the Witches Market, where offerings include llama fetuses and other important components of traditional ceremonies. You can also visit a colonial-era church and monuments honoring Bolivia’s hard-won independence. If you finish the morning with energy to spare, head to the nearby National Museum of Archaeology to check out exhibits that explore Bolivia’s diverse cultures.

 

Afternoon: Discover a Lunar Landscape

After a downtown lunch of Bolivian specialties, head to the southern edge of town to see Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), where a hiking trail winds through an eroded labyrinth of spires and fins. Some tours make use of the cable car system that links downtown with the southern zone, which makes this activity extra special: You’ll have aerial views of neighborhoods that are far from the tourist track. On sunny days, be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen to the Valle de la Luna, as there’s little shade on the trail and the high-altitude sun can be punishing.

 

Evening: Watch Sunset in the Sky

Take advantage of warm afternoon light to ride the cable car all the way to the El Alto neighborhood, where you’ll have gorgeous views back across the valley. Hop out for a stroll or snack near the cable car station, then board a car back down toward downtown before the last light disappears. Try to snag an uphill seat in the cable car for the best possible views.

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Cable Car Tour of La Paz

Cable Car Tour of La Paz

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Gain an alternative perspective of Bolivia’s colorful capital on a 2-hour cable car tour of La Paz. With a guide, you’ll climb aboard a cable car and soar to heights that offer panoramic views of the sprawling city. On arrival in the El Alto district, browse stalls brimming with bizarre produce at The Witches Market and then continue to south La Paz to admire the city’s modern architecture and mountainous perimeter. Learn about the fascinating culture and history of the Bolivian capital and receive personalized attention on this small-group tour.   
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$8.00
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Private City Tour La Paz-Bolivia

Private City Tour La Paz-Bolivia

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Cover La Paz highlights on a full-day, private tour that includes the historic center, cable cars, panoramic viewpoints, the Valle de la Luna, and more. Exploring La Paz with a private guide is a great way to get the stories behind each destination, with the flexibility to stop along the way to shop, stretch your legs, and see the things that interest you.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.00
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$97.00
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La Paz City Walking Tour Including Historical Streets

La Paz City Walking Tour Including Historical Streets

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Get a comprehensive introduction to La Paz on this city sightseeing tour. This walking tour has morning or afternoon departure times and includes a traditional Bolivian drink at its conclusion.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$5.00
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Private Tour: La Paz City Sightseeing and Moon Valley

Private Tour: La Paz City Sightseeing and Moon Valley

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of La Paz on a 3-hour private tour of the beguiling Bolivian capital and the nearby Moon Valley. With a knowledgeable guide, witness the enchanting atmosphere of the Witches Market; admire significant landmarks like San Francisco Church and Plaza Murillo; and marvel at the natural wonder of Moon Valley. Gain fascinating insight into the city’s colonial history and peruse intriguing exhibitions in some of the capital’s museums. Relish the flexibility of this private tour and customize your itinerary according to your interests.
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  • 3 hours
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$66.00
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$66.00
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Private: Real Walking Tour in La Paz, Bolivia

Private: Real Walking Tour in La Paz, Bolivia

With steep streets and packs of unofficial taxis, exploring La Paz can be intimidating for first-time visitors, but a private car and driver take the stress out of discovering Bolivia’s capital. On this private tour of La Paz highlights, you’ll sample local foods and ride a cable car to El Alto, then see the witches’ market, the La Paz cemetery, and key landmarks in the historic center—including the exterior of a notorious prison.
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  • 5 hours
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$92.31
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$92.31
Price varies by group size