This morning after breakfast we hike down through the village of Yumani to the Garden and Stairs of the Incas, and take a boat to the Island of the Moon. Here we visit the ruins of Iñak Uyu Inca temple, returning by boat to Copacabana (1 ½ hours). Lunch is included at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon we travel by private transport to La Paz (3½ hours), travelling alongside the Andes Royal Range and through the spectacular highlands.
La Paz has a spectacular setting in a deep bowl surrounded by snow-capped mountains of the Altiplano. It lies in the shadow of the towering 6,438m high Mt. Illimani, always snow-covered and visible from many parts of the city. The city (from the main square) is 3,636 metres above sea level but the neighbouring city of El Alto where La Paz International Airport is located lies at over 4,000 metres. Some of the highlights of La Paz itself include Plaza Murillo, San Francisco Church and the ’’Witches Market’’ where vendors sell dried llama foetuses and frogs, dried llama dung, herbs, remedies and other ingredients used in Aymara traditions and rituals.
This afternoon’s city tour takes you through the street markets rich in handicrafts and weavings and to the Witches Market where locals buy supplies for ritual ceremonies like the Ch'alla and offerings to Pachamama (Mother Earth). Next we visit the colonial section of the city where you will see the San Francisco Church, Gold Museum and Murillo Square. You will also visit the "Mirador de Killi" viewpoint and the outdoor replica of Tiwanaku Temple.
The tour then passes through the modern, affluent residential area of the city and heads out to visit the Valley of the Moon, where a clay mountain has been impressively shaped by erosion resulting in a formation that resembles the face of the moon.
There is the option to ride on the “Teleferico’ cable car for great views of La Paz.
At the end of the tour you will be returned to your hotel.