Duration: Approximately 5 hours (1.5 in the market, 2.5 at the wrestling show). Pickup is at 14:00 return by 19:00.
Level of Difficulty: Not Difficult
Perfect For: Visitors aged 15-60, urban enthusiasts, bargain hunters, cultural explorers and entertainment seekers.
Note: This tour is only available on Sunday afternoons due to the market and Cholita wrestling schedules.
• Visit the bustling, colorful metropolis of El Alto perched high up above La Paz
• Haggle your way through El Alto's famed 16 De Julio market
• See Bolivia's famed Cholita wrestlers in truly entertaining action
Lively markets are a hallmark of South America and El Alto's 16 De Julio renditions may be the most energetic of them all. Your tour will begin here, at one of the markets hailed as the largest in South America and most likely the world. Bolivians from across the country make their way to El Alto every Sunday to haggle their way through the thousands of vendors selling everything from electronics to furniture to clothing and food. Roughly spanning the length of 110 blocks, covering the whole of the market in a few hours, let alone a few days would be impossible. However, after a few hours in the market, you will leave with a sense of the frenetic pace of local life and maybe a few extra goods to take back home.
After the market you will continue on to another beloved Bolivian pastime, and one not found anywhere else in the world. Once only a sport for males, Cholita Wrestling is quickly carving out its own popular sporting niche. Every Sunday, Cholita wrestlers challenge each other and their male counterparts in the search for local glory. Dressed in the same traditional outfits you see them wearing on the city streets, Cholitas have no fear in showing off their extraordinary strength and ability once in the ring. A truly local entertainment enterprise, Cholita Wrestling is a thrilling affair not to be missed. Following the show, your private transportation will bring you back to the hotel.
Included: Private transportation, bilingual (Spanish- English) tour guide.
Recommended: Sun screen, comfortable shoes, warm clothes and small cash in case you would like to purchase anything along the way or have your fortune read.
Don´t: Bring your passport or wear jewelry.
Please note: Sometimes it´s difficult to take photos of native people due to their beliefs and shyness around the camera. Please respect their wishes.