La Paz Culture & history

Our most recommended La Paz Culture & history

From La Paz: 2-Day Tour to Isla del Sol & Lake Titicaca

1. From La Paz: 2-Day Tour to Isla del Sol & Lake Titicaca

Depart from La Paz on a guided two-day trip that includes a boat journey on Lake Titicaca and visits to Copacabana, Yumani and Isla del Sol, where you will be spending the night. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the cobalt blue lake and snow-sprinkled mountains as you explore the land of the Inca. The tour will depart La Paz early in the morning for Lake Titicaca. Your first stop will be at the Tiquina viewpoint, where you will get some stunning panoramic views of Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at an elevation of 3,812 meters. Next, take a ferry across to Copacabana, the main Bolivian town on the shore of the lake that sits right beside the border with Peru. From here you’ll travel by speedboat to the Isla del Sol, considered by the Incas as the birthplace of their Sun God. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore Yumani, on the south coast of the island, and marvel at the Sol Pilko Kaina temple and the details of Inca architecture.  After spending the night on the island, you’ll have the next day free until 15.30, giving you plenty of time to visit the northern side of the island, home to the Golden Museum and the Inca Fountain of Youth. In the afternoon, you’ll take the boat back to Copacabana, where you’ll have time for dinner before catching the bus back to La Paz where you will arrive around 23.00.

From La Paz: Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca One-Day Tour

2. From La Paz: Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca One-Day Tour

Enjoy a visit to the ruins of Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca in a single day accompanied by a local guide. Start with pickup from your hotel in La Paz at 8:00 AM to go to the town of Tiwanaku, where mysterious ruins of the Inca Empire are located. Hear about the mysteries of the Monolith, and learn about Incan culture from your guide. See the "Puerta del Sol", the "Puerta de la Luna", the "Temple of Kalasasaya." Visit the Archaeological Museum in Tiwanaku, where you can see an array of Incan artifacts. Afterwards, stop for a local lunch in the village.  After lunch, continue to Huatajata, a town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Meet people who build "totora boats" and experience a ride on one of these vessels through the waters of the lake. Take the opportunity to snap photos of the natural beauty of the area. Return to La Paz at approximately 4:00 PM

La Paz: Tiwanaku and Puma Punku Private Tour with Lunch

3. La Paz: Tiwanaku and Puma Punku Private Tour with Lunch

Itinerary: 08:30 a.m. Hotel pick up. 09:00 a.m. Departure to Tiwanaku. 10:30 a.m. Tour starts in Tiwanaku visiting the Museum’s exhibition of ceramics, mummies, Inca - Aymara skulls, jewelry, and more. Then, continue forward to the real Tiwanaku ruins such as: "Puerta del Sol", "Puerta de la Luna", the wall of stone faces, also included the famous “Templo de Kalasasaya”, “Piramide de Akapana” and “Pumapunku” Ruins. 02:00 p.m. Lunch. 03:00 p.m. Return to La Paz City. 04:30 p.m. Arrival at the hotel.

La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Full-Day Tour

4. La Paz: Tiwanaku Archeological Site Full-Day Tour

After pickup from your hotel in central La Paz at around 7:30 AM, you'll head to Tiwanaku to explore the most important archaeological site in Bolivia.  Located near the southern shore of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, the city of Tiwanaku, also spelled Tiahuanaco, was the capital of a powerful pre-Incan civilization that dominated the Andean region between 500 AD and 900 AD. Arriving later, the Incas regarded Tiwanaku as the site where their god Viracocha rose from the depths of Lake Titicaca. With your guide, you'll explore this monumental site that includes several temples, a pyramid, symbolic gates, and mysterious rock carvings of alien-like faces. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back to La Paz. 

From Puno to La Paz: Copacabana and Isla del Sol Boat Tour

5. From Puno to La Paz: Copacabana and Isla del Sol Boat Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Puno for a quick transfer to the city bus station. Travel by Lake Titicaca towards the Bolivian side of the border until your reach Copacabana, admiring stunning shoreline views over quintessential Altiplano landscapes.  You will make a stop for migration procedures, before heading to Copacabana. Start your boat tour to Sun Island, the cradle of the Inca Empire. Once on this legendary island, visit the main highlights accompanied by a tour guide. Afterward, board the boat once more and continue on to Copacabana while enjoying the majestic panorama of Lake Titicaca. Finally, board the local bus and get dropped off in La Paz in the late evening.

From La Paz: 3-Day Biking Death Road & Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

6. From La Paz: 3-Day Biking Death Road & Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

Day one - - - - The mountain biking starts at 7:30 a.m. Point 1: This is a 22 km downhill on asphalt (tarmac) road. At the police checkpoint (after 45 min.) all visitors pay Bs. 50 for the entrance to the national park. This first section is for you to develop confidence and get used to the bike. Do not worry, the safety van is always behind the group and we have stops for water, photos, and bike checks. Point 2: “Death Road” about 10 Km. always in a compact group (safety first!!!) and also snack time. Point 3: About 32 Km. it starts with a waterfall splash!! Finally, the end of the tour is in Yolosa, so the next stop is in a hotel with showers, a swimming pool, and a buffet lunch as well. At approximately 05:00 p.m. it´s time to go back to La Paz driving through the new road. At the final of the "Death Road Tour" the guide will drop off you at the bus office to your Bus La Paz to Uyuni. **Bring your bags with you because you won't return to your hotel** Bus departs at 9:00 p.m. Day two - - - - Arrive in Uyuni City at 7:30 a.m. then go to our office 1 block near from bus station, Start your tour by leaving Uyuni town for Uyuni Salt Flats (full day trip Trip) at 10:30 a.m. with a visit to Uyuni’s ‘train graveyard’ to see the first locomotives in Bolivia and take amazing pictures. Then visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners´ workshops), and see handicrafts made of salt and textile art made of llama and alpaca. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt. Then, visit “Ojos de Agua Salada”, a hotel made completely of salt which is currently used as a museum, the island of flags of the world, and the famous Dakar Monument. Lunch will be served near “Isla Incahuasi” following, have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cacti and rock formations made of petrified coral. From the top admire the 360º of the Salar de Uyuni. Take time to organize your group for fun perspective and proportion-distorted photos on the blinding white surface of the salt flats. Then, head to a spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats with a glass of wine and some chips. Return to Uyuni town to our office at 7:00 p.m. and arrive at the Bus Office 8:30 p.m. Because your bus from Uyuni to La Paz departs at 9:00 p.m. Day Three - - - - Arrive at La Paz city at 6:30 a.m. The finish point of the tour: Bus Station La Paz City

La Paz: 6-Day Private Best-of-Bolivia Tour with Flights

7. La Paz: 6-Day Private Best-of-Bolivia Tour with Flights

Day 1: Your tour begins with pickup from the airport (according to your itinerary of arrival). In the afternoon, your guide will pick you up up to carry out a city tour through the urban city of La Paz. You will visit Plaza Murillo, Palacio Presidencial, and Moon Valley, before taking a cable car ride. At the end of the service, your guide leave you at the Hotel Rosario to enjoy your dinner and rest. Day 2: Following breakfast, you will take a flight to Sucre. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by your guide. Following that, explore the city of Sucre through a walk and visit the colonial streets of Sucre, La Recoleta, Parque Cretacico, and others. Day 3: Your second day will begin as you depart from Sucre in your private vehicle with your guide. From there, venture to Potosi and visit the mines, after which you will go to Uyuni. Following 4 hours of travel, you will spend the night in the Salt Hotel. Day 4: Your tour begins at 10:00AM, as you visit the cemetery of trains, the majestic Salar de Uyuni, and Incahuasi Island. Your tour eventually finishes at the Uyuni Airport from where you will take a flight back to La Paz. Upon arrival, your guide will transfer you to Hotel Gloria where you can rest. Day 5: Your private guide will pick you up at 7:30AM to take you to discover the famous Lake Titicaca, located in Copacabana. Whilst out at this famous lake, you can visit the floating islands: Moon Island and Sun Island. Following the lake, you will return to La Paz in a private vehicle. You will then overnight once more at Hotel Gloria. Day 6: On the final day of the tour, your guide will lead you to Tihuanacu where you will visit the archeological ruins. Whilst at these ruins, which are located about 3 hours from La Paz, you you will learn everything about this remarkable site as you visit the ruins of the Door of the Sun, Puma Punku, and the Monoliths. Upon returning to La Paz, your tour will conclude with drop-off at your place of preference.

Titicaca Lake: Highlights Tour from La Paz by Bus

8. Titicaca Lake: Highlights Tour from La Paz by Bus

After being collected from your La Paz accommodation, you will be transferred to Copacabana by bus with a small group to make a brief visit to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Copacabana. From there you will board your group boat and will sail to the Isla del Sol, enjoying a snack on board. On this legendary island, the cradle of the Inca Empire, you will visit the garden, the stairs, and the Inca Fountain. Your itinerary also includes a visit to the Pachamama terraces of Inca agriculture, an artisan center, the Intica refuge, and the largest variety of Andean camelids located in the "Manco Kapac" viewpoint. You will later board the boat again before continuing to sail, enjoying a delicious lunch and the majestic panorama of Lake Titicaca. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be transferred by car back to La Paz.

Private Tour of Tiwanaku Ruins from La Paz

9. Private Tour of Tiwanaku Ruins from La Paz

The tour begins with a pick-up from your Hotel in La Paz. Travel in private, comfortable and fully equipped transportation with your expert guide to the town of Tiwanaku, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. En route, see picturesque Andean landscapes with animals, flora and much more. Arriving in the village after a two-hour trip, visit the most important archaeological museum of one of the oldest civilizations in America. See a ceramic museum, Litic Museum, Akapana Pyramid, Kantatalite, semi-subterranean temple, Kalasasaya temple (Puerta de Sol), Putuni temple, Moon Gate and Pumapunku Pyramid. An expert guide will explain all the history of this culture on your guided visit to the archaeological site. After the two-hour tour, enjoy a break and have a lunch of local food. Then return to La Paz in your private vehicle.

  • Multi-day trips
  • Water activities
  • Private tours
  • Day trips
9 activities found
Sort by:

Frequently asked questions about La Paz

What top attractions are a must-see in La Paz?

The must-see attractions in La Paz are:

Other Sightseeing Options in La Paz

Want to discover all there is to do in La Paz? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about La Paz

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Fantastic tour of the site and its museums. They take care of you from when you leave your hotel to when you come back. And always very informative. Highly recommend our guide, Alvaro, with this tour.

We had to cancel as we both came down with stomach issues too severe to travel that day. They were nice about it and responded right away on our cancellation communication the night before.

I loved the experience, an excellent guide who taught me a lot about the Tiwanaku culture and its history. Thank you Mabel. It was a wonderful day.

The archaeological ruins are impressive and the old man is very nice...

Great experience, very good. The best guide and a lot of charisma.