Experience the local Bolivian culture on this quick visit to La Paz and the surrounding areas. Visit Tihuanaco Ruins as well as Sun and Moon Islands on Lake Titicaca. Explore Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark at the crossroads of the Andes and the Andean plateau. This is South America's largest and the world's highest navigable lake. According to legend, the son of Inti, the sun god, emerged as the first Inca from the waters of Lake Titicaca.
Explore the city of La Paz, the highest capital in the world
Tour Moon Island to see sacred temples & Incan ruins
Climb El Calvario and enjoy views of Lake Titicaca & Copacabana
Arrive to La Paz this morning. You are met and transferred to your hotel, drop your bags, and then set off on your guided city tour.
La Paz is set within an awe inspiring frame of snowcapped mountains and gives this city the honor as the highest capital in the world. La Paz is a city of contrasts with ancient and modern structures protected by the "Guardian of La Paz", Mount Illimani. Visit the Plaza Murillo, where the cathedral and the Government Palace are located. Then, continue to the famous colonial street “Calle Jaén” where interesting museums are clustered together, followed by the visit to the typical “Mercado de las Brujas” or the Witches’ Market, located along narrow streets near the San Francisco Church. This church was founded in 1549 and is a great area to find traditional handicrafts and artwork. The tour continues to Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida residential areas in the south and the well known Moon Valley, where erosion has given place to the most exotic and curious surface forms. There is the option to take the cable car that provides good vistas of La Paz.
Return to your hotel after your tour to relax and explore on your own for the rest of the afternoon and evening.
Located one hour from La Paz is Tihuanaco (also spelled Tiwanaku), is a ruins site of an ancient city near the south shore of Lake Titicaca. Tihuanaco is believed to be the ceremonial center for a pre-Inca civilization settled in 600 BC and represents one of the greatest architectural achievements of pre-Inca South America. Little is known about this culture as it mysteriously disappeared around 1200 AD. Visit the archaeological site and the museum with your guide. Return to your hotel in La Paz to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening.
Early this morning, transfer by private vehicle with your guide to Copacabana. From here, you board a boat and head toward Sun Island (1 hour ride). Sun Island is worshipped as the birthplace of Manco Kápac and Mama Ocllo, the first founders of the Inca empire. With your guide, tour the Pilkokaina Palace, the Inca's Fountain, and the 200 stairs of Yumani. You will have a traditional atapi lunch (a picnic with local dishes). Walk one hour to the Estancia EcoLodge, our home for the evening. Enjoy dinner and the sunset on Lake Titicaca
After breakfast, travel by boat to Moon Island where you will tour the Inca ruins of Inak Uyu on the northeast shore, which are believed to be the convent for the Virgins of the Sun. Return to Copacabana by boat and in the afternoon visit La Horca del Inca. Travelers interested in a workout can climb El Calvario and enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Titicaca and Copacabana.
This morning explore the picturesque town of Copacabana situated between two mountains on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Explore the cathedral with its dark Virgin of Candelaria statue and museum of European and local religious art, learning about the mystical spiritualism and religion traditions that take place here.
Return to La Paz in the mid-morning. Overnight in La Paz.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.