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El Alto and Aymara Mansions

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    What to Expect
    The City of El Alto was part of the city of La Paz until the year 1987, since then it is an independent and autonomous city.  Thanks to this division El Alto started growing and expanding very rapidly, along with the massive waves of immigration from the rural area and the new socialist government came a big economic growth.  This sudden growth made it possible for new designs and structures to be build all over El Alto, it was in this big construction wave that Arquitect Freddy Mamani became well know and sought after for building the amazing structures that we now call Andean mansion or Cholets (mixture between the word Cholo and Chalet).  Although the city of El Alto has become more and more modern they have kept their roots and traditions very strong and this can be seen in the rich mixture between the ancient and the modern of the designs of these buildings.  Very colorful, bright and unique amazing buildings now decorate the city of El Alto.   Another important artist that has become very well known is Mamani Mamani, local painter that makes these very colorful and bright, yet deeply local and traditional designs for his paintings.  He has painted a few facades over the city but his biggest project is the WHIPALA COMPLEX, a total of 6 big apartment buildings that have the whole façade painted by Mamani Mamani, the structure is so massive that you can actually see it from the planes when landing or taking off from the El Alto Airport.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Tour departs from the San Francisco square, right in front of the San Francisco Church, meeting time is 14:50 to check in with the guide.  The church is right on the main Avenue Montes and the corner of Sagarnaga Street.
    Departure Time
    3:00 PM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    The return is to the same spot, from there the guide can help you catch a bus, taxi or minibus to wherever you need to go, guide can also help you find good places to eat or to go after the tour.
    Inclusions
    • All activities
    • Driver and local transportation
    • Professional guide
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    1. The Trip Advisor guarantee on cheapest prices is rubbish. It is cheaper to book and pay with the company direct (20% cheaper in fact) 2. The tour was advertised for 4 hours, when in fact it took 3. 3. The guide (Franklin) was excellent...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank MarkTasker
    MayaHPTRAVEL, Owner at HanaqPacha Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thanks for the review. Would like to know why 3 Stars????? What can we do better to earn 5 next time. Thanks Maya

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    This was one of the best day tour I have ever taken. First of all, the guide was outstanding. Super nice guy and he really was able to explain the culture. There were long teleferico rides over El Alto, which were spectacular. Everything was incredibly...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank Dirk S
    Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

    We booked the Cholets tour very last minute after seeing it advertised on a poster where we were having lunch on Calle Jaén. Our guide, Mariana, was fantastic - she told us she was a tourism student on a placement at the agency, and we...More

    1  Thank tko84
    Reviewed November 22, 2018

    Ruben was a fantastic guide - his range of knowledge was truly impressive. We had such a fun day touring the amazing Cholets of El Alto city, and he continued to be a helpful contact for the remainder of our stay in La Paz. Thank...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank Michael P
    Reviewed November 21, 2018

    There's a lot of experiences that get promoted time and time again in tourist guidebooks about La Paz and Bolivia: The Death Road biking tour, Tiawanaku, The Witches Market, etc. But one of the region's most unique and fascinating features is hardly ever discussed, and...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank mountReynolds
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