The Best Day Trips from La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz
La Paz | © Evelyn Velarde/Flickr
Harry Stewart

La Paz has become increasingly popular over recent years, not just for its stunning topography and fascinating indigenous culture, but also for the numerous awesome day trips just a stone’s throw away. From high altitude hikes through glacial mountains to death defying bike rides through steamy tropical valleys, learn about the very best short excursions this bustling metropolis has to offer.

1. Chacaltaya

Natural Feature

Nevado Chacaltaya hiking la paz
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A glacier and former ski resort that has long since melted, thanks to the onset of climate change, Chacaltaya is a fun day trip from the city, especially for those who want to set a personal altitude record without actually doing much climbing. At 17,785 feet (5420 meters) above sea level, the short walk from the road to the mountain’s peak is enough to leave you breathless. But it’s worth the effort, as from the top there are stunning views of La Paz, El Alto and Lake Titicaca. There’s no public transport so book yourself on a tour, which usually includes Valle de la Luna as well.

2. El Alto Market

Market, Bolivian

You’ll be amazed at the stuff you can find at the 16 de Julio market
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Known locally as 16 de Julio, the market is one of the biggest in the entire continent. Everything imaginable can be found in this sprawling outdoor space, where tens of thousands of shoppers hustle for a bargain every Sunday and Thursday. The best way to get here is via the city’s scenic cable car (red line) but be careful with your belongs as crafty pickpockets thrive in its endless crowded streets.

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