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 faade 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.
- Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Free Cancellation
- Duration: 4 Hrs
Departure Time :
Departure Details :
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.. read more
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.
Cancellation Policy : For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
OverviewMeet in front of the San Francisco Church and go with your guide towards the central station to catch the Red Line cable cars, then switch over to the Blue Line, ride the cable cars and have a birds eye view of a couple of avenues full of Cholets, once of the cable cars you will head over to visit one of these amazing buildings and learn what they are used for and how the El Alto economy has grown so much thanks to theses places and the events that take place in them. Then visit the Mamani Mamani apartment complex WHIPALA. Afterwards head back to the center of El Alto and back to the city of La Paz.
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Driver and local transportation
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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
We did the Aymara mansions tour with Juan.
This tour is very nice as it goes beyond the typical tourist routes.
First we took the cable car to reach El Alto, then we jumped in a taxi to navigate into this vast district/city.
The first stop was beautiful aymaras mansions painted by Mamani Mamani which we could observe and photograph. Then the second and third stops were « cholets » buildings inspired from Freddy Mamani architecture. We could enter and have an overview of the interior design of these buildings.
Then our guide brought us back to the starting point by cable car.
Throughout the tour, Juan was very informative about the history of El Alto, La Paz and the Mamani art.
I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to go beyond typical tourist routes and wants to learn more about Aymara culture/art.