The largest city in Bolivia, La Paz offers more than visitors could hope to see in a single day. We offer walking and driven tours of La Paz for tourists to get a sense of what do in La Paz with introductions some of the city's most popular sights, as well as opportunities to get off the beaten path. We offer visitors a chance to chat with their tour guide before they set out so that we can customize visitors' experiences according to their interests.
Our La Paz tour begins in the afternoon at the Rosario Hotel at 14:30, in the central La Paz neighborhood of Rosario. We head out on foot to explore the narrow, meandering streets of Rosario, San Jorge and San Miguel, some of La Paz's oldest and most lively neighborhoods.
We pass through the La Paz witches' market, a sprawling open-air, indigenous market in the middle of the city, where women in the traditional petticoats and bowler hats of the Altiplano sell medicinal herbs and spices, as well as spiritual and superstitious artifacts. Visitors are often surprised to find mummified llama fetuses for sale throughout the La Paz witches' market. These are important harbingers of good luck in traditional Ayamara culture and make a one-of-a-kind souvenir for tourists.
Other notable sights on the tour of La Paz include the San Francisco cathedral, one of the oldest and largest cathedrals in the city and home to some impressive examples of colonial-era religious art. At La Paz's central Plaza Murillo, your guide will point out the Presidential Palace, the National Congress, and other important government buildings—all impressive colonial edifices in the oldest quarter of the city.
We also arrange a visit to the Costumes Museum and Gold Museum, located on one of the most traditional and oldest street in La Paz. However, on Mondays these museums are closed in which case we will visit the Instrument Museum as an alternative attraction. Next is the Killi Killi viewpoint for a spectacular panoramic view of La Paz.
After Killi Killi, we'll head to the southern neighborhood - passing the stadium and open-air museum of Tiwanaku. We'll enjoy lunch before hiking around Valle de la Luna, a fascinating geological anomaly justly named for its cratered, moon-like surface. One of the most popular attractions in La Paz, Moon Valley features a few kilometers of walking paths that navigate the huge stalagmites and trenches of the valley, carved out of the soil over centuries of erosion by the wind and rain. In addition to its fascinating geology, Valle de la Luna offers impressive views of the Andes Mountains of the Cordillera Real outside the city.
Before heading home, we will visit the ceramic art studio and workshop of the talented Mario Sarabia. The La Paz based ceramic artist is one of the few working artists in Bolivia which have made it to the global stage. Sarabia's mastery of ceramic art is no easy feat. The altitude has a major effect on the ability of the material to harden correctly in the kiln. Feel free to mosey around the studio, or even purchase some of his acclaimed artwork.
This tour lasts approximately seven hours, ending the journey back at the Rosario Hotel around 1630 where guests are invited to grab a late lunch at our Restaurante Tambo Colonial or relax and linger over a glass of wine in the Jiwhaki Cafe.
Visitors wondering what to do in La Paz for the rest of their visit are invited to discuss other La Paz attractions with our friendly guides. Just outside the hotel, visitors will find the colorful markets on Sagarnaga Street with some of the best shopping in La Paz and the Mercado Lanza, famous for its api; a hot yellow or purple drink made with corn meal and traditionally enjoyed with a fresh cheese empanada.