City Tour and
La Paz is an important cultural center of Bolivia. The city hosts several cathedrals belonging to the colonial times, such as the San Francisco Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral, this last one located on Murillo Square, which is also home of the political and administrative power of the country. Hundreds of different museums can be found across the city, the most notable ones on Jaén Street.
Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) is situated about 10 kilometers from downtown. It comprises an area where erosion has worn away the majority of a mountain.
Tiwanaku is an archaeological site and UNESCO World Heritage site. Tiwanaku is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in western Bolivia. Tiwanaku is recognized by Andean scholars as one of the most important civilizations prior to the Inca Empire; it was the ritual and administrative capital of a major state power for approximately five hundred years. The Puquina language has been pointed out as the most likely language of Tiwanaku. Puma Punku is part of a large temple complex or monument group that is part of the Tiwanaku Site near Tiwanaku. In Aymara, Puma Punku's name means "The Door of the Puma".
Titikaka is a lake in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. It is often called the highest navigable lake in the world, with a surface elevation of 3,812 meters. Isla Del Sol ("Island of the sun") is one of largest islands of the lake. Among the ruins on the island are the Sacred Rock, a labyrinth-like building called Chicana, Kasa Pata, and Pilcokaina. Archaeological excavations performed in Isla Pariti suggest that it was an important Tiwanaku religious site. The Pariti Museum exhibits a 368 ceramic piece collection.
Coroico is a hill top town in the Yungas region of Bolivia and is a good place to spend a night before heading to La Paz, or further north toward the Jungle. Coroico is a small town and just about everything is in walking distance. There are several one day hikes, which include going for a swim in wild and clear rivers, seeing local agriculture (coca, banana, coffee, citrus fruits), virgin forests and Afro-Bolivian communities. Canyoning involves rappelling down 8 natural waterfalls with pure, fresh, crystal clear water in the middle of the Yungas Jungle.
At Urmiri there are hot springs that feed into two swimming pools located next to a hotel. It makes a lovely day trip from La Paz. Urmiri consist only of the hotel and springs surrounded by mountains. The road is quite windy and narrow with spectacular views.
The Kallawaya are an itinerant group of traditional healers living in the Andes of Bolivia. Kallawaya doctors (médicos Kallawaya), are known as the naturopathic healers of Inca kings, and as keepers of science knowledge, principally the pharmaceutical properties of vegetables, animals and minerals. Prior to leaving their homes to heal the sick, the Kallawayas perform a ceremonial dance. The language of their trade is the Kallawaya language, a language based on Quechua grammar but retaining an esoteric vocabulary for terms reflecting medicinal knowledge, which appears to be a remnant of the vocabulary of the now extinct Puquina language. This is an example of Bolivia Cultural Tours
The city center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. While it offers specific attractions in the form of historic buildings and renowned theatre as well as indigenous culture and prehistoric sites in the surrounding towns and countryside, the highlight of Sucre might be its relaxed atmosphere, which detains many travelers for far longer than expected. In the early 17th century Sucre grew, with the founding of a bishopric, as well as monasteries belonging to various religious orders. , In 1809 it was from here that one of the first independence movements in South America began.
Jatun Yampara, located 25 Km. from the city of Sucre, at 3100 m. on the route to Tarabuco. Jatun Yampara is a new option for tourism, as a substitute for Tarabuco that could be visited only on Sundays. Jatun Yampara is a project to rescue the cultural and artistic values of Yampara culture (Jalq'as and Tarabucos), one of the oldest cultures of the continent. The visitor on a short hike can appreciate the native houses, the ceremonial and mortuary constructions, the small museums, the handcraft workshops, the witch house, the native sanctuary, and the lifestyle.
Tarabuco is a city in Bolivia, some 60 km from Sucre. It has gained its fame for its handicrafts and arts, best seen at its Sunday market. An amazingly colorful collection of rural people come to town to buy necessary household items and clothing. The market is an outstanding place to see and buy local textiles and other handicraft items. A section of the market deals not in cash but in barter.
Sucre is home to one of the largest collections of dinosaur footprints in the world. Most impressive of these is the world-record setting 347-meter trail left by a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex known as “Johnny Walker”. The park is currently in the process of becoming a UNESCO world heritage site. Today, the ancient fossils are resided within a tourist attraction known as Cretaceous Park. In addition to the footprints, the park holds another attraction – over two dozen life-size sculptures of many of the park’s original inhabitants. The park also features a museum, audiovisual display, and a restaurant and gift shop.
City Tour and
Casa de la Moneda
Potosí, at around 4,000 meters, is the world's highest city. Potosí was founded in 1546 after the discovery of the rich silver deposits in the Cerro Rico. The wealthy history of Potosí is still reflected in the narrow streets, colonial mansions and the many churches, which makes the city a UNESCO World Heritage site. Casa Nacional de Moneda, is de former royal mint, but now houses one of the better museums in South America. The museum has a collection of religious art, contemporary art, and artifacts from its time as mint.
A tour starts with a visit to the miners' market to buy gifts for the miners like coca leaves, drinks, cigarettes or dynamite. You will then visit an ore refinery plant where the miners sell whatever deposits they manage to collect. One very interesting aspect of the mine was the little side chamber near the entrance to the mine that contained a statue of "El Tio," a diabolic figure that the miners make offerings to. They say that God may rule aboveground, but that El Tio is in charge down below. They don't do explosions just for tourists, but for the sake of the mine.
Santa Cruz (or Santa Cruz de la Sierra) is the most populous city and heart of the second most populous metropolitan area in Bolivia, and is the capital of the department of Santa Cruz. In contrast to La Paz and the other major Bolivian cities located high in the Andes, Santa Cruz lies at an altitude of 416 meters, and its climate is distinctly tropical. Santa Cruz hosts one of the most famous soccer academies in the world. The city's main cathedral is quite beautiful. You can visit the cathedral's small museum and climb to the top of the bellower.
The Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bolivia's department of Santa Cruz. The missions consist of six towns which were founded as reductions by Jesuits in the 17th and 18th century and survived as a living heritage: San Javier, Concepción, Santa Ana de Velasco, San Miguel de Velasco, San Rafael de Velasco, and San José de Chiquitos. There are some additional missions which are not under UNESCO protection: San Ignacio de Velasco, Santiago de Chiquitos. Between San José de Chiquitos and Santiago de Chiquitos is the town of Chochís with its marvelous sanctuary.
Cochabamba is known as the "City of Eternal Spring" and "The Garden City" due to its spring-like temperatures year round. The Cochabamba valley was inhabited for over a thousand years due to its fertile productive soils and climate. The first Spanish inhabitant of the valley was Garci Ruiz de Orellana in 1542. The city, called Villa de Oropesa, was founded on 2 August 1571 by order of Viceroy Francisco de Toledo, Count of Oropesa. In 1786, King Charles III of Spain renamed the city to the 'loyal and valiant' Villa of Cochabamba.
The fortress of Incallajta is the most important architectural expression of the Tahuantinsuyo expansion to the Cochabamba valleys. The settlement was abandoned as a result of the profound internal crisis that the Inca state went thorough before its collapse in 1532. The Incallajta fort is composed of a series of buildings on an area of approximately 12 hectares, following the form of a sloping alluvial platform, bordered at the east and west by deep and torrential streams. The fort, which was originally surrounded by a solid wall, is built into terraced levels and walls using stone held together by mud found in the area.