Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours
Level of Difficulty: Not Difficult (though not recommended for those with knee problems or vertigo)
Perfect for: Visitors aged 15 up 45 years old, hikers, photo fanatics, urban enthusiasts and those spiritually inclined
- Visit the bustling, colorful metropolis of El Alto perched high up above La Paz
- Look into your future with the help of Bolivia's famed fortune tellers and healers
- Take in the best views of the city of La Paz
Your tour will begin with a private drive towards the second highest city in the world, ¨El Alto¨. Perched high above La Paz, bustling El Alto is located at 4150 meters above sea level and is one of the fasted growing cities in Bolivia. Rapid expansion however, has not meant a lot loss of identity. The colorful city is home to many Bolivians who still practice traditions of the past while embracing a revolutionary vibe, making the city one of the most unique in South America. Once you arrive in El Alto, you will have the chance to witness the shamanic rituals and offering ceremonies of Andean Healers who have been worshiping mother earth for hundreds of years. For those who want to peak into their future, a visit with a local shaman or spiritual healer can be arranged. Even the most skeptical of visitors cannot deny the mystifying energy that shrouds the area.
Not too far from congregation of healers, our walk will begin at 4100 meters by the statue of Corazon de Jesus. From there we will walk downhill through the steep streets of the hillside towards La Paz, passing the neighborhoods of Chamoco and Puente Topater along the way. Today the historic neighborhoods are home to numerous indigenous immigrants from the countryside who now call the big city home. The sweeping views from the hillside are some of the most spellbinding in the entire city. Following the scenic descent back into La Paz, an optional trip to the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), a bizarre hillside maze of natural clay formations, is available for an additional fee.
Included: Private transportation and a bilingual (Spanish- English) tour guide.
Recommended: Sun screen, comfortable shoes, walking stick for those with knee problems 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.