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Bolivia: La Paz and the altiplano

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Driving along the flat, windswept plains of the high-altitude altiplano, you are taken by surprise when you find yourself on the lip of a broad canyon brimming with the Lego-land of closely-packed buildings of Bolivia’s capital. At a dizzying 3,632m and overlooked by the ice-jacketed Mount Illimani, the city is a busy place with a compact historic centre from which endless quirky street markets fan out, selling everything from dried llama foetuses to cameras and Levi jeans. There are also modern boulevards with cool bars and ice cream parlours, where Aymara Indian ladies shuffle by in their traditional ponchos and bowler hats.

Our holidays to La Paz and the altiplano

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Market life in Bolivia

Signature Bolivia: The final frontier

Private journey

14 days from £3,681pp

Salt flats, Bolivia

Andean Flamingo: Andes laid bare

Group tour

17 days from £4,448pp

Tailor-made holidays

We specialise in creating bespoke holidays designed according to your specific requirements.

Our tailor-made holiday service includes:

  • • A dedicated and friendly specialist to guide you through the planning process
  • • Our unrivalled knowledge of the region based on over 36 years' of expertise
  • • Access to the widest range of accommodation and activity options
  • • Your perfect itinerary, crafted exclusively for you

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Things to do in La Paz and the altiplano

Female wrestlers

See the Bolivian fighting cholitas

La Paz people

La Paz city tour


Visit Tiwanaku Ruins

Visit Tiwanaku ruins

Choro trek mountain

Choro Trek to Las Yungas

What our experts say

In the historic core of La Paz you’ll find many craft shops, but the most unique shopping experience can be found in the famous ‘Witches’ Market’. It’s better if you read a little about Andean culture before you go, because this market sells much more than souvenirs – many of the items are related to Andean cosmology and ancient belief systems. You’ll find amulets for love and fertility, medicinal plants and crystals for use in shamanic practices.

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