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Private Tiwanaku and Titicaca Day Trip from La Paz

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Overview
Shrouded in mystery until quite recently, the ancient city of Tiwanaku is still far from being completely excavated and surveyed.

Evidence suggests the area around the site was inhabited as early as 1500 BCE. As the settlement grew to city size it began to influence surrounding areas. As a city-state, it blossomed between 300CE and 1000CE, after which it declined due to changing weather patterns which resulted in less rainfall. Although much of the site was disturbed by looting, which began soon after Tiwanaku’s decline, it is possible to observe the high level of sophistication and skilled stone working, that were characteristic of Tiwanaku during its height.

Join this 8-hour tour and discover Tiwanaku and Titicaca in one day.
Itinerary
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  • Pass by Solace Trekking and Tours
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    Tiwanaku
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Lake Titicaca
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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Highlights
  • Private Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca day trip maximizes travel time
  • Includes tour, entrance fees, and a lakeside lunch
  • Climate-controlled minivan means a comfortable day of exploring
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at hotels in central La Paz
What to Expect
At your hotel, board a climate-controlled minivan for the trip from La Paz to Tiwanaku, where you’ll start the day with a guided tour of this ancient spiritual, political, and cultural center. Following the tour, enjoy some independent time to check out a nearby museum, or just keep exploring Tiwanaku’s carved stones and structures. Next, continue to the elevated shores of Lake Titicaca, pausing for an included waterside lunch. The afternoon is all about taking in views of Lake Titicaca, pausing at a series of vista points along the lakefront before returning to La Paz. After a day of exploring some of Bolivia’s most fascinating sights, this private tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Please provide hotel information when booking. Hotel pickups in Zona Sur will be charged an additional $20USD. Zona Sur pickups should expect a reduced itinerary to account for an additional 1.5 hours of driving. We recommend booking hotels in central La Paz if you intend to take this tour. (P.S. we pick-up travelers at all hotels, but the TripAdvisor extranet forces me to pick at least one hotel that lists with them. I picked Hostal Ananay because it is the best location, timewise, for taking the tour. -Caleb)
Departure Time
7:30 AM
Duration
10h
Inclusions
  • Tiwanaku tour presented in English or Spanish
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (please include a hotel when booking!)
  • Lunch (Please specify meal restrictions when booking!)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus
  • Entry/Admission - Tiwanaku
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Titicaca
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick-up outside of La Paz
  • Gratuities
  • You may request pickup from Zona Sur hotels for an additional $20USD
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Tour stops for hiking on the beach at Lake Titicaca. TripAdvisor's description says tour goes to Copacabana, but this is not the case. Their system only lists one option for a Lake Titicaca stop and they have not been forthcoming to my requests to fix this. -Caleb
  • Tour is at altitude!
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I cannot empathize enough how well I liked the tour with Caleb. He very obviously loves Bolivia and knows a ton about its history, politics and (since he is a tree biologist) the local vegetation. Whatever I asked - he had an interesting answer to offer. Not only did he tailor
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Had a great tour and got more than the value of what we paid. Caleb not only took us to Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca as promised, but also added on a few extended stops to make up for inclement weather, which he said would make our experience not as ideal as he wished. He
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Response from CalebSolace, Owner at Private Tiwanaku and Titicaca Day Trip from La Paz
Responded 15 Sep 2019
Thanks for booking with us, and it was my pleasure guiding you guys. I started this business out of a deep passion for this country, its incredible cultures, dynamic and breathtaking landscapes and the excitement and unpredictability Bolivia always provides. As Bolivia has become a more popular destination for tourists we now occasionally get people who are not fun to guide. This is not a great country for tourists and I sometimes feel caught in between Bolivia's idiosyncrasies and people who would be better off travelling to Disney World or on a cruise ship. When I get a couple of travelers like you guys I love my job, and I will tirelessly guide until I feel I've provided an amazing travel experience, no matter what weather or politics might throw at us. Thank you. Hope to see you both again. Kind regards, Caleb
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Like the other reviews say this tour is different and less touristy than others which was a positive. We had a nice quiet tour at Tiwanaku with Angela which was great. And the quiet lunch on the shores of Lake Titicaca was much nicer than fighting the crowds at Copacabana.
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Response from CalebSolace, Owner at Private Tiwanaku and Titicaca Day Trip from La Paz
Responded 11 Aug 2019
"Pompous, rude, cynical... but altogether a couple of nice blokes" While I appreciate you and your husband booking a tour with us, and for the most part enjoyed your company, when someone begins the day with "I am the dean of a prominent financial university in the United Kingdom" in a "you'll lick the filth off the bottom of my shoes" voice I know what sort of day it will be. Most attempts I made to explain the history of Bolivia were met with your husband's rudely timed throat clearing. I usually go over 10,000 years of it in as little or as much detail as my clients want with Angela providing the Tiwanaku era at the site. I never could get into a rhythm with the two of you. It made me wonder if both of you worked in education, or just your husband. I am surprised to get a compliment on lunch. Listening to your sarcasm while I was cooking for you ("How's the "chef" doing"?) was quickly silenced from both of you after the first bite. Nothing like making someone eat their words with delicious food. Was it the pulled BBQ chicken sandwich on fresh baked corn bread I cooked for you over an open fire, after handing the two of you cold beers and listening to your insults, or was it my butter/beer carrots with fresh local herbs? As there were a lot of parties on the day we ran the tour, and I have lived here a number of years, am married to a Bolivian, have a Bolivian son and live in a Bolivian household, in reference to you mentioning my comment about chewing coca as a "way to integrate and be accepted by local Bolivians" I was directing it at the two of you, for two reasons: 1. The two of you looked rather absurd to the locals for some reason or other (they were pointing at you and laughing at the party we stopped at in the village of Tiwanaku) and I thought it would make you guys look a little... "cooler" or acceptable to the "locals". "When in Rome" right? 2. I was willing to give anything to see either one of you with a little coca juice dribbling out the corners of your mouths myself, and the predictable fits of laughter from onlookers. In reference to my own chewing, I integrated into this culture years ago. Be it lime with stevia, baking soda or ashes from a fire (I recommend trying the coffee flavoured bicarbonato) you need to add an alkaline substance to the leaves for them to work and they're about as much an intoxicant as strong coffee. If you thought my chewing coca was uncouth I thought your sarcastic comments were too. If someone can show up to my hotel on time, run an 11 hour tour, drive, lecture, cook, and maintain the hours of the itinerary flawlessly through absolute chaos I would not fault them on chewing a little coca (you exaggerated how much I chewed just a bit). If I do everything I advertised I would, professionally, if someone doesn't like me as a person and are going to fault my character despite me giving them 110% over the course of a 13 hour work day they can kiss me between the cheeks. Most people aren't so aloof and like that I act myself with them. You forgot to mention we ran the tour for you on 6 de agosto, Bolivia's independence day, and that we ran the tour for you on short notice. El Alto traffic is some of the worst in the world when there are no parades. If I didn't know the roads as well as anyone who drives taxi I would not have known the clever bypasses on those suspension rattling roads that allowed me to run the tour for you on a national holiday. Most people credit me for that. Here's a biggie, if you are fainthearted in a backseat don't remind your driver of a dinner reservation you really want to make. I drive in Bolivia every day. I have a family and would not risk returning home safely to them at night for anyone. I doubt either you or your husband would survive 5 minutes in El Alto traffic without causing an accident or having to pull over and quit. Driving aggressively, weather or not people from outside Bolivia like it, is the normal here and if you can't drive aggressively you won't go anywhere. On a final note, discussing the politics of Bolivia is part of how I conclude with explaining the 20th/21st century history of Bolivia because of the obvious relevance. I try to be as objective as possible. Having seen injustices on a level I hope you never have to witness yourselves (kids in the upper Amazon with cognitive delay and brain damage drinking water with 50 times the acceptable mercury levels from gold mining for example) it is hard to be entirely dispassionate about what you've seen. Given your respective views on politics, immigration and us commoners that I had to listen to it comes as no surprise that kids in the upper Amazon with brain damage were of little concern to you so long as the gears of industry and commerce continue to turn in right mercurial fashion. In reference to your future travel plans and my recommendations for a 2 day road trip from Nashville: Take I-40 eastbound from Nashville. Leave by 6:30 am. That should get you to S.R. 66 southbound to Gatlinburg by 10 am. Enter Smokey Mountains National Park at Gatlinburg and take a left onto the Blue Ridge Parkway northbound. It is one of the prettiest drives in the Eastern United States. You can find beautiful hiking along the way to Asheville, and in Asheville great food, music and lodging. Be sure to drop the English patrician act before going out to see some live music. The locals don't respond well to it.
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We had only 5 days in La Paz and wanted to see and experience local culture, history and learn about country’s current events as much as possible. The private tour to the historical Tiwanaku ruins (with a local historian and archeologist ) was thorough and informative dive into
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This tour was great! It’s off the beaten path for sure; we were the only people at the Lake. It was a perfect day. We had a good picnic lunch at the lake and really enjoyed the ruins.
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By: Solace Trekking and Tours
71 reviews
Kathi1408
40
Unique tour with a very knowledgeable guide!
I cannot empathize enough how well I liked the tour with Caleb. He very obviously loves Bolivia and knows a ton
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Janice C
San Francisco, California
4012
We Chose the Right Tour Company
As Bolivia novices choosing the right tour company was a challenge. We came upon the Solace site and Caleb became
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397MichaelW397
Anaheim, California
2539
Off the beaten path
Had a great tour and got more than the value of what we paid. Caleb not only took us to Tiwanaku and Lake
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antoinetteog
Olney, United Kingdom
179
Different. And not for the faint hearted!
Like the other reviews say this tour is different and less touristy than others which was a positive. We had a
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TomLuke123
London, United Kingdom
331111
Fantastic experience & Exceptional guide
We had only 5 days in La Paz and wanted to see and experience local culture, history and learn about country’s
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howie2507
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
6569
Looking for an off-the-beaten track adventure? Caleb is your man!
We did a one day tour to Palca Canyon with Caleb in June and he made sure we had an adventurous day. Palca Canyon
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Lemonstravel
Talbott, Tennessee
359
Great Day!
This tour was great! It’s off the beaten path for sure; we were the only people at the Lake. It was a perfect
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heinly21
Sucre, Bolivia
123
Excellent agency for experiencing La Paz off-the-beaten-path
Caleb’s strength is definitely introducing people to the hidden and off-the-beaten-path parts of La Paz. He has
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ccyy4
Los Angeles, California
9181
Long uncomfortable ride in a rickety car
I communicated with Caleb by email prior to booking. There was an issue with price discrepancy between his site
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adamduncan24
12
THE Best and Ideal tour guide
Caleb is the man, the best tour guide I have ever had and also a great guy. Very friendly and incredibly
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Meander11881680999
10
#1 Tour Guide. Everything You Want.
Asbolute best tour guide I've ever experienced. I went to Bolivia with a group from my university. We had a set
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Zaki28
Bedlington, United Kingdom
5510
So different to what we expected
Caleb picked us up and was very entertaining throughout our tour with history, geological facts in often very
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drunkenaussie1
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
72101
Best choice for off the beaten track adventures in La Paz
Had a grea time with Caleb exploring Palca Canyon and other areas of La Paz. As a vegan food was not expecting
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zoeeee28
155
3 day Takesi trek
We have just arrived back from a 3 day trek with our guide Caleb and we could not be more happy. The service
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65dazl
127
2 days exploring Palca Canyon
An absolute hidden gem just outside of La Paz. Myself and the guide (Caleb) spent two full days exploring and
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  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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