La Paz, which lies between 10,650 and 13,250 feet (3,250 and 4,100 metres) above sea level, is the world’s highest national capital. Visitors, upon arrival, often find exertion difficult because of the rarefied atmosphere at those elevations. The centre of the city lies in a deep, broad canyon formed by the La Paz, or Choqueyapu, River. The city’s location, about 1,400 feet (430 metres) below the surface of the Altiplano, the high intermontane plateau, affords some protection from the cold winds of the highlands. Population growth since the latter part of the 20th century has expanded the city up the canyon walls to the edge of the Altiplano. La Paz was Bolivia’s most populous city until the turn of the 21st century, when it was overtaken by Santa Cruz.
City, administrative capital of Bolivia, west-central Bolivia. It is situated some 42 miles (68 km) southeast of Lake Titicaca.
Founded in 1548 as Nuestra Señora de La Paz (“Our Lady of Peace”) by the conquistador Captain Alonso de Mendoza on the site of an Inca village, the city was renamed La Paz de Ayacucho in 1825, in commemoration of the last decisive battle in the wars of independence.
DISCOVER LA PAZ
3 Days/ 2 Nights
DAY 1 LA PAZ
Arrival in the city of La Paz, we will meet the local staff and will be driven to the hotel for check-in.
Overnight in La Paz.
DAY 2 LA PAZ – CITY TOUR
This one-day tour takes you through indigenous, colonial and contemporary areas, all beneath the gaze of the imposing snow-capped Mount Illimani. You will visit the fruit and vegetable markets and see the biodiversity with which Bolivia is blessed. There is also an art and contemporary design market where impeccable handicrafts are made. The Witches’ Market is an obligatory stop on the route: a perfect example of the syncretism prevalent in this country. There is also an excursion to the Moon Valley, whose clay formations resemble the surface of the moon. Here you can easily disengage from modern life and enter a parallel universe in another time and dimension.
La Paz and its surrounding areas take visitors back to an enchanting past. With an adventure on every corner, each street has a story to tell going back to pre-Hispanic times. To walk these streets is to immerse yourself in their traditions and customs.
Overnight in La Paz.
DAY 3 LA PAZ
On due time, we will be driven to the airport to board the flight to the next destination.