CHACALTAYA & MOON VALLEY
The trip starts in the morning around 8.00 to 9.00 when the bus picks you up from your hotel (only downtown area) and you begin with a journey through La Paz up to El Alto and into the altiplano towards the mountain range where Chacaltaya sits. Along the way you will see alpacas and llamas grazing in the hills and views of Huayna Potosi amongst other mountains in the Cordillera Real range. If you wish you can stop off at a local store along the way to buy some coca leaves to chew to help ward of symptoms of altitude sickness – Chacaltaya is some 1700 meters higher than La Paz!
After, visit the Moon Valley located in the southern zone in the village of Mallasa and parallel to La Paz golf course (the highest tournament standard golf course in the world) the “Valley of the Moon” is landscape of eroded rock and pinnacles with a lunar like appearance. It can make for interesting photographs and a pleasant walk to view the different formations. Several species of cactus can also be seen. The tour is usually brief and consists of around a 30 minute guided walk. This area is lower than central La Paz and is much warmer.
Tour ends in San Francisco church.