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Private Tiwanaku and Titicaca Day Trip from La Paz
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Private Tiwanaku and Titicaca Day Trip from La Paz

By Solace Trekking and Tours
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Discover Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca on a private trip from La Paz that combines two Bolivian highlights into a spectacular day of exploring. You’ll see the ancient capital of the Tiwanaku culture, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then travel Lake Titicaca’s beautiful shoreline, with the flexibility and personal service of a private guide throughout the day.
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Duration: 10–12 hours
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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

  • 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
What's not included
  • Hotel pick-up outside of La Paz
  • Gratuities
  • You may request pickup from Zona Sur hotels for an additional $20USD

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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    Pickup details
    • 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)
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Near public transportation
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 20126P2

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • A moderate amount of walking is involved please wear comfortable walking shoes
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Most travelers can participate
        • Tour is at altitude!
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 20126P2

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        • Juan C
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          One of the best hiking experiences, getting to know natural places with great views, pleasant weather and very fun company, Bolivia has wonder
          Written November 30, 2023
        • Tycon2
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          Proceed with Caution
          While we visited amazing locations in Bolivia that no other company offers tours to, there were some issues that detracted from the experience. Van overheated several times, tired were not fully inflated, significantly later than promised return to La Paz, and instances of road rage
          Written September 18, 2022
        • 62LauraC62
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          Make an informed decision
          Adventurous tour. Great destinations without crowds. Knowledgeable guide. Some nerve wracking roads. Lots of Bolivian history. Definitely not your typical tour. Read all reviews and responses to understand what you’re signing up for.
          Written September 18, 2022
        • Golz1234
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          Amazing Guide and Amazing Experience
          If you are looking to experience the incredible beauty of Bolivia in a fun, diverse and safe adventure, I would highly recommend Solace Trekking and Tours. Caleb is a fantastic guide who is well-equipped and has great knowledge of Bolivia's culture, history and geography. He is American and Bolivian and was born in the US, but has lived in Bolivia with his family for many years. He is fluent in English and Spanish. He has many trips he runs on a regular basis, but he is also able to tailor the trips to your liking and skill level if you select a private tour. My parents and I did a full-day hiking trip in the Tuni Condoriri Laguna Chiar Khota and many other alpine lakes. Kunturiri (Tuni Condoriri) is a mountain in the Cordillera Real of Bolivia in the countryside outside of El Alto. It was a trip that Caleb hand selected for us as we described we wanted a very scenic hike in the mountains with many alpine lakes. Collectively between the three of us, we have been to some of the most beautiful parts of the world, and we all agreed that the beauty of Bolivia was one of the most gorgeous places we have traveled to. Caleb was able to pick us up at our hotel and provide transportation for us. He provides a fantastic lunch/picnic. He is also more than excited to share his knowledge of the history of Bolivia. Caleb also knows his way around La Paz, a city where traffic is can be very unruly. He was able to get us home safely after there were blockade in the road during a protest in El Alto because he knew the back roads through El Alto and La Paz so well. I would highly recommend Caleb as a guide, and I would highly recommend traveling to Bolivia to see its beauty. We definitely planning on returning.
          Written August 3, 2020
        • tazotea
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great guide on a Day Trip from La Paz
          Caleb is a great guide. His enthusiasm for Bolivia is infectious. He brings a unique perspective. Having grown up in the United States, Caleb is Bolivian by choice rather than by birth. After a day with him, we looked at Bolivia from a new perspective, and could see why he had fallen in love with this amazing country. We only had a short time, so he had to be super flexible in designing a brief tour out of La Paz, complete with picnic in the countryside. It all worked out great
          Written March 9, 2020
        • Janice C
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          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 our guide for three days. He is an outdoorsman and approaches his all-day tours from that perspective. As an American who adopted Bolivia as his home, he is passionately engaged with it. He offers adventure--not an air-ride suspension, “tinted window” excursion. Be aware that any Bolivian travel may be subject to public demonstrations. Guard rail-less highways may transition to gravel and city traffic may be fierce. Following local custom in the countryside, Caleb may stop and offer rides to locals. We encountered an over-80 year old bundle-bearing couple trudging up a dirt road at 14,000 feet, a woman on her way to a university orientation at a highway check point and a young mother and her four year-old daughter and infant. All provided insight into the daily lives of Bolivians. The all-day trip down to the ruins at semi-tropical Yanacachi via the Sud Yungas-Chulumani “highway” offered great variety. We first climbed over a pass and stopped near Estancia Rinconada, a crushed slate 15,000 foot moonscape with fantastic views of Mount Illimani near the mountain bikers’ starting point on the so called “Death Road.” If you have visited Tiwanaku or Machu Picchu and seen “developed” sites, this is an opportunity to see a “raw” archeological site. While there can be dust or mud depending on the season, you will get a sense of the “undiscovered” wonders of Bolivia. The day trip to Palca was really beautiful. For U.S. travelers think of Brice and Zion National Parks with Denali in the background. Caleb’s walks in the narrow canyons offer some physical activity and were really worth it. He encouraged us, but did not push us beyond our capabilities and we appreciated the experience. The full-day Lake Titicaca and Tiwanaku day was a “must do” extension to a La Paz visit. The local Tiwanaku site guide, Angela, is not only remarkably knowledgeable about this civilization, but she positioned our photos to catch the best light. The trip to the Lake was beautiful. As others have remarked, Caleb is extremely generous with his time and offers many options to stop and see more. His passion for Bolivia is more than a business for him. If your goal is to get closer to what Bolivia has to offer, book with Solace and you will not be disappointed. We are glad we did. This remarkable country and its people opened up to us through a memorable adventure.
          Written September 24, 2019
        • howie2507
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          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 is only a short drive away from La Paz, but it’s a completely different world. The scenery here is fantastic and the only other person we saw the whole day was a local farmer at the start of our walk. Caleb likes to bring you out of your comfort zone (if he thinks you can handle it), so our walk had us scrambling over rocks, traversing small streams and exploring slot canyons. This last activity took me too much out of my comfort zone as I’m a bit claustrophobic so I chickened out after a while. Caleb’s a fantastic tracker and would point out animal tracks along the way as well as giving us the low-down on Bolivian life. It was like trekking with Bear Grylls who throws in a historical, social and political lesson at the same time. For the ultimate boy-scout experience, we had a cook-out and beers deep in the canyon. At the end of the day Caleb brought us back to our hotel. Our bodies were tired but our heads were buzzing from everything we learned. I’m amazed that Palca Canyon doesn’t get more visitors, it’s such a beautiful place. If you’re looking to get off the beaten track, this is the place to go. If you’re up for a bit of adventure, want to really explore the canyon and also learn about Bolivian life, Caleb is the man you need to contact.
          Written July 31, 2019
        • heinly21
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          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 worked hard at cultivating connections and respectful relationships with Bolivians in the beautiful and remote areas that surround La Paz. I would highly recommend Solace Trekking for anyone who is looking for an adventurous and immersive experience of La Paz and the surrounding area. He is a wealth of knowledge and is an excellent guide for anyone who is curious to learn more about Bolivian history, cultures, politics, etc. Our particular group had some challenges because it was a mix of people who had different hopes and expectations for our time and La Paz, not all of whom were ready for the more off-the-beaten-path type of exploring. While Solace is certainly an option to consider for people looking for a more traditional or low-key tour of La Paz and its surrounding sites, this sort of trip won’t fully utilize the strengths at that Caleb brings to the table. However, for anyone looking to pack as much adventure and exploration into their time as possible, this is the company for you. At times it could be difficult to receive timely communication and clarification of details from Caleb because his phone was often dead or not with him, which was difficult while leading a group of college age young adults who were not experienced travelers and did not speak Spanish. However, Lizette is really helpful in supporting this aspect of Solace Trekking’s work. We also had a medical emergency during our trip, which was very stressful, but Caleb is prepared and trained to respond to first aid crisis situations. Lastly, Caleb and Lizette are very committed to their clients and will go above and beyond to provide any support needed during a trip.
          Written June 12, 2019
        • adamduncan24
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          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 knowledgeable on many different topics especially pertaining to Bolivian history, culture, and landscape. My group spent three days with his company and our three days consisted of some off road adventure up mountains with incredible views, a tour of the city of La Paz, a stop at the botanical garden in La Paz, a full day tour of Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca that ended with a stop at an old Hacienda that was beautiful. Then a trip to the private Palca Canyon that was also a great time with stunning views. Overall, Caleb was great and I can't say enough about him or his business. When our time with him came to an end I felt like great friends and would certainly love to come back to Bolivia and spend some more time with him and do some more tours with him and his company one day. He was very flexible and willing to do whatever we wanted. It was also very clear that he put our needs first and was always checking on us to make sure we were happy and in good health because of how dangerous the elevation can be. I most definitely recommend Caleb as a tour guide and his company if your looking for the ultimate Bolivian experiences that will bring you out of your comfort zone a little bit and not end up regretting it one bit but instead wanting to do it all over again!
          Written May 21, 2019
        • Meander11881680999
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          #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 itinerary for all 13 of us. Caleb seemed a little too crazy for us at first. But after a car ride with him, he turned out to be just what some of us wanted. Some of us wanted high adventure exploring and others just wanted laid-back sightseeing like a typical tour. Caleb managed to give the best of both worlds, and even made lunch for us one day. He had his staff give typical tours for those who wanted it, and took the few of us that wanted a little more adventure off the itinerary. He took us, the group that was more adventurous, to many gorgeous Vista points, took us off road 4-wheeling, explored various ruins, and even took us way out of the city to Palca Canyon, not on the itinerary, where we hiked and even found a cave. He managed to give us all this and still have the right balance of activities with the whole group, so the group didn't feel like two separate groups. If you are looking for the experience of a lifetime, and are willing to deviate from an itinerary to experience things you never even thought could exist, Caleb is the tour guide for you. He is very knowledgeable about Bolivia and it's history, and it seems like he knows 50% of the people within a 50 mile radius of La Paz. He will become your friend while giving you the best experience possible and, above all, keeping you comfortable. Caleb plans your experience around your desires and interests rather than a strict itinerary. He and his wife even stayed up most of one night, when a member of our group had a bad reaction to the altitude. He was worried more about getting her help than anything else and did on unpaid time. If I ever return to Bolivia, he will be the first person I will contact. Thanks Caleb for this unforgettable experience.
          Written May 21, 2019
        • drunkenaussie1
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          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 much however was really suprised at the quality of the meals he prepared especially in the middle of nowhere. As his company is the pioneer of many new hikes and treks its always good to support small companies like this as apose to most that just copy other itineraries. Overall a great experience and look forward to doing more trips next time im back in La Paz.
          Written February 19, 2019
        • zoeeee28
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          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 provided from the moment of pick-up to the moment of drop-off was professional, personable and comfortable. During the trek we were treated to delicious meals and outstanding knowledge of the area and its history. At no point did we feel unsafe or unprepared due to Caleb's fantastic outdoor skills, and he constantly kept us informed of the situations going on around us, eg. Weather, etc. We would definitely recommend booking your experiences through Caleb, he is not only a great tour guide but more importantly he is a great person.
          Written December 16, 2018
        • 65dazl
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          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 climbing throughout countless slot canyons, whilst discussing the history of the region. Our camp site was nested up on a flat open area with 360 degree views of the Canyon. I personally was more interested in finding unique wildlife, which Caleb was more than happy to accomodate. We spent hours searching along running creek lines looking for rare amphibians, birds and anything else that decided to show its face. The food is outstanding along with highly professional service. They are happy to cater for your diet as well! If you’ve got the time, I highly recommend booking a tour with this company. Be sure to tell them what you’re interested in and they’ll be more than happy to cater for it. Thanks again for the trip!
          Written December 13, 2018
        • Szamocki
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          2 night/3 day private trekking tour to the Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna
          Caleb organized an excellent tour for us, giving us the opportunity to discover the islands on foot. He's clearly passionate about the Aymara and Tiwanaku cultures, and we got a lot of background into current Bolivian politics which helped to set a lot of things we saw in context. The hotel Las Olas in Copacabana has to be seen to be believed! It was quite magical! We always had complete confidence in him and would wholeheartedly recommend him as a guide! Thanks Caleb, for going the extra mile too, when we didn't feel quite so good!
          Written November 20, 2018
        • garymargolis
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          Great tours to Tiwanaku/Titicaca and the Palca Canyon!
          Our family of five with two children (aged 6 and 10) did two excellent day trips with Caleb, the owner of Solace Trekking. We were originally intending to do a two-day trip to Copacabana and Isla Del Sol with Caleb, but when a protest made the route to Copacabana impossible, Caleb proposed two alternative day trips, which were both very impressive and informative. The first was a day tour to Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca, and the second was a day trip to the Palca Canyon. For the Tiwanaku/Titicaca tour, Caleb gave us a detailed and fascinating overview of Bolivian history, geography and ecology on the way there and back. At Tiwanaku itself, we were led by a local guide, Angela, who spoke excellent English and provided a very interesting narrative of the site, what was known about it and what remained unknown and to be discovered. Angela was kind and patient in answering all of our questions. After Tiwanaku, Caleb took us to a beautiful and untouristed part of Lake Titicaca, where we had a delicious local lunch, complete with wine and beer. We then stopped at another spot along the lake and had time for a separate walk along the lake beach before heading home. Our tour to the Palca Canyon was equally excellent. We spent the day walking in an amazing canyon, including climbing up slot canyons, learning about the wildlife and plants of the area and enjoying a delicious cooked lunch in the canyon. We were the only people in Caleb’s undiscovered part of the canyon and felt like we were able to experience a magical day in a beautiful and unknown part of Bolivia. We would highly recommend Caleb and Solace Trekking for informative, interesting and well-run tours. Caleb knows a great deal about Bolivian history, politics and biology and did an excellent job of explaining it to us. Caleb was also very helpful in arranging hotel accommodation for us in La Paz when our Copacabana trip became impossible and in arranging transport to the airport. Thanks again for everything.
          Written August 19, 2018
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        My wife and I had a fantastic day visiting Tiwanaku, Titicaca and some "off the beaten track" sites. Caleb is an incredibly knowledgeable guide who'll teach you lots about Bolivian history and culture - and cook you pizza on the shores of Lake Titicaca with no one else around! Would definitely recommend.
        Written October 10, 2023
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        Apr 2024 • Business
        This is quite a hard review to write. Caleb is a nice person with a kind heart, and clearly going through a tough time personally, and clearly knew some extraordinary sites. However, it feels necessary to write what is unfortunately a negative review given that our safety felt at risk. Specifically, he drank 3+ beers (7% alcohol each) throughout the day's drive. Second, he smoked weed in front of one of our group at our first stop. Third, he would text while driving and as such veer between lanes. (Note: chewing coca leaves is totally the norm in Bolivia, and doesn't have negative effects on awareness/motor skills etc).
        Written May 13, 2024
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        So, after doing a little research I was able to connect this review with an actual booking. You were the sole American in a group from an economics in London. Within 10 minutes I realized a couple of things: 1. You have narcissistic personality disorder. Severely. 2. You were going to write a bad review when I made it clear that you were not the focus of the tour. I had half a beer with the group, which was mainly British, after asking them if they wanted one , and they enthusiastically asked me to join. The legal limit in Bolivia is .05% BAC, far stricter than most countries, including the US. A half beer does not even get me close. I joined the group for a small glass of beer with a late lunch. Again, we are talking a negligible amount. If I don't dodge potholes I will ruin my vehicle. I filed criminal charges against you in Bolivia for two reasons: 1. Slander, and I am happy to submit a blood/urine/hair sample to the police in your presence should you return to Bolivia. 2. Photographing military installations. I know there is a cold war going on. I don't want any part of it. I do not want US intelligence workers booking tours with us in the future. It has happened several times in the last year. If I suspect you are here to spy I will be turning your name over to the Bolivian authorities. I am contacting your institution, the London School of Economics, to inform them of that and other things I discovered about your time here. You will be arrested if you return to Bolivia. I have also suggested to the Bolivian authorities they pay closer attention to visa requests from your institution. As far as texting and driving is concerned.... After running a 15 hour tour to give you folks a spectacular day, you asked me to drop you off at a different location from the rest of the group. This I did at no extra charge while you repeatedly asked me to look up the address on my phone, while I was driving. I politely told you to look it up yourself. I offered to drop you off at the teleferico also, so my question is: if you felt unsafe, why would you not have taken the opportunity to take the teleferico, which I offered to pay for? As far as my personal problems go, they certainly do not affect my business, and although I shared a few aspects of my 13 years in Bolivia with other members of the group, I wasn't sharing them with a rude, American narcissist, my least favorite type of clients. Almost every negative review I have received has been from American clients with narcissistic personality disorder. I have zero patience for them, and when someone as obnoxious as you feels the intense desire to grab the spotlight from the spectacular scenery of Lake Titicaca it is in my job description to isolate you from the rest of the group. Re: Narcissistic Injury I will be filing civil charges against you in the United States over this false review as it is intended to harm both me and my business through slander. Kind regards, Caleb T. Brewer Owner, Solace Trekking and Tours
        Written July 1, 2024
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        Mar 2024 • Couples
        Caleb was a fabulous guide! His knowledge of and passion for Bolivia were greatly appreciated and we immediately felt we were in good hands. We felt very fortunate and exceptionally well taken care of. Highly recommend!
        Written March 28, 2024
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        antoinetteog
        Olney, UK
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        Aug 2019
        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.

        On the less positive side, the guide, Caleb, prides himself that his tour is a bit more ‘adventurous’ than advertised. Once we’d taken several detours on suspension-rattling back roads, he stopped into a store & came out with a large bunch of coca leaves & bicarbonate of soda. Over the next few hours he chewed coca constantly, expressing the view that it is the way to integrate and be accepted by local Bolivians. As the day progressed he became increasingly vocal about his political views and thought it was hilarious to cut up other drivers when we hit bad traffic in El Alto. Ironically he told us that he saw about one fateful accident a month on the roads normally caused by the drivers chewing too much coca and getting over cocky. By the end of the day and 70km of back roads, we were nervous wrecks in the back of the car and we’re relieved to make it back to our hotel in one piece.

        I am sure that fearless people of all ages will love it and the views were spectacular but it’s worth knowing what to expect.
        Written August 11, 2019
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        "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.
        Written August 12, 2019
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        Alisa L
        Talbott, TN
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2019 • Couples
        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.
        Written July 27, 2019
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2017 • Friends
        We were only after a one day trip out from La Paz to the famous Tiwanaku ruins, but received a whole lot more than we bargained for. Our driver, guide, sage and historian - Caleb - brought the unique and spectacular altiplano landscape alive with his tales and local knowledge. A secluded and picturesque picnic spot on the shores of lake Titicaca for a chorizo and beer lunch. The Tiwanaku ruins, dripping with legend. An endless supply of stories. Thanks for a memorable day.
        Written April 16, 2017
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Caleb arrived a little late, having had to work with his team arranging two other tours. An American ex-pat, he has lived and raised a family in La Paz for 13 years. He has made friends in city and countryside and speaks with great love and respect about Bolivian history and society. He has also partied with everyone and likes a beer and a cheek full of coca leaves. He is excited and wants you to be excited by what he knows and what he shows you. Get ready for a great and unpredictable day.

        After slogging through the inevitable traffic snarl of El Alto we broke into the agricultural land surrounding Lake Titicaca and the indigenous communities scattered around it. Expect miserable roads and slow going everywhere. Welcome to Bolivia. We stop by the lake shore in several spots, walk in to see the wet lands, birds, boats, and explore a Spanish estancia abandoned after the feudal period was taken down. All the while, Caleb talks about Bolivian history, culture, coca, travel, Inca, Aymara and Oros civilizations, coca, economy of the area, Bolivian agriculture and coca. We stop to say hello to people Caleb knows in the Village of Tiwanaku. Eventually - and later than he planned, we arrive at the Tiwanaku ruins where we have a lunch of the best damn fresh Titicaca trout, making this one one of the best entrees ever eaten.

        Gabriella, a native woman with excellent English, takes us through the ruins at Tiwanaku. She has a great knowledge base and offers some funny observations, takes us into the museum to see more magnificent stones and sculptures.

        The roads back with expert driving were still slow and rough. El Alto is still a mess to get through but our driver maneuvered though to our hotel after a 12 hour day. We had already scheduled a trip with Caleb the next day to descend into the Amazon cloud Forrest - another splendid day. Another story.

        So, if you want an easy time on smooth roads, don’t go - don’t even go to Bolivia. If you want a rough, authentic and adventurous time, this is your chance.
        Written February 20, 2024
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        Radim B
        Seattle, WA
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Caleb picked us up at the hotel only the I realized it was effectively private tour for our family.
        It was great to have him. On the tour, even as he apologized that his normal tour guide was not avaible. What we may have missed in archeological details (his tour guide is archeologist), we gained in wealth of know lage and tips from expat living in Bolivia. It was great tour, he propared lunch and got us to places we would not seen by ourselves.

        Highly recommend.
        Written October 11, 2018
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        Stuart S
        Reading, UK
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2018 • Couples
        Caleb was great, a good balance of hisory; ancient and modern, delivered in a manner that demonstrates his passion for the country. Angela, our local guide at Tiwanaku, was equally knowlegeable, very engaging and had a great sense of humour. The picnic by the lake was simple but tasy, the location was fantastic - great views coupled with a silence thats hard to find. Some great additional photo stops along the way - angreat day I would recommend to anyone.
        Written June 19, 2018
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        tim m
        Chippewa Falls, WI
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2024 • Friends
        Good trip
        Caleb's a guide I would recommend to my friends
        Went to multiple sites on Lake Titicaca, wetlands, "beaches".
        Stopped at additional archaeology sites - full of bonuses.
        Written February 18, 2024
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