Tiahuanaco archeological ruins / City Tour.
The Tiahuanaco were one of the oldest civilizations in the Americas, living between the years 1580 B.C. and 1150 B.C. You will see the remains of their culture up close, visiting the main stone buildings, like the Kalasasaya Temple or the Standing Stone Temple (a site with markers for the changes of season and the 365 day year), the Doorway of the Sun, the Ponce and Fraile monoliths, the Akapana Pyramid, and the Semi subterranean temple. In the afternoon you will take a sightseeing tour of La Paz's old city center and most important landmarks, as well as its modern face.
Starting out an elevation of 3650 m in La Paz, you ascend to the town of Copacabana at the edge of Lake Titicaca, stopping at the basilica to see the famous woodcarving of Our Lady of Copacabana. Later on, it's off to the pier where you take a boat to spectacular Isla del Sol, largest island in the lake, to visit the Pilkokaina archeological ruins (a.k.a. Inca Temple).
Today is set aside for a tour of both islands, and landmarks you will visit there are the Iñac Uyu archeological center and the Temple of the Moon, which was an Acllawasi (house for chosen women) during the Incan Empire. Afterwards, you will return to Copacabana, site of an important pilgrimage to the image of Our Lady of Copacabana. The day ends in La Paz.
The first stop for today is the Oruro Heights, elevation 3735 m, known for its carnival celebrations, which are professed to be one of South America's main popular expressions. The main highlight are the dances, with the Diablada being the most admired. Once the visit here is complete, you will board a train heading south, passing through the cities of Challapata, Río Mulatos, and Colchani, and arriving in Uyuni.
The itinerary for day 6 begins at Colchani and then the famous Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest saltflats, covering an amazing 12,000 kilometers.
Leaving Uyuni, you are on your way to the city of Potosi, originally called by the Spanish "Villa Imperial de Potosi" (Potosi Imperial Village). The city is spread upon the foothills of the legendary Cerro Rico Mountain that did have the largest deposits of silver during the Spanish Colony. You will tour its city center, churches, and market.
First, you will visit the Cerro Rico or Potosi silver mine and, in the afternoon, you will descend to 2750 m to Sucre, Bolivia's constitutional capital, located at the head of a series of warm, dry valleys.
This is a half day sightseeing tour of the city whose highlights include the Recoleta Church, the cemetery, and the Indian Textile Museum.
You will return to La Paz, where you will have a free day to get to know the city your way.