Reasons to Visit
Without a doubt one of the most stunning areas of South America- surreal rock formations, the vast salt flats, jewel coloured lakes, and you can have it almost to yourself!
Although not as famous as neighbouring Peru, Bolivia has some interesting Inca and pre-Inca ruins. Sucre is a must to visit for the beautiful white washed architecture, and Potosi to learn about Bolivia's colourful history.
Indigenous people are in the majority in Bolivia, unlike in many other countries, so it's a good place to learn more about traditional cultures and you will see many people dressed in traditional clothing.
A short flight from La Paz will take you into the steamy Amazon basin to spot monkeys, birds, sloth and even pink river dolphin, and also to interact with the local communities.
Spanning both Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is one of the continent's most iconic locations, believed to be the birthplace of the Incas. Enjoy the myths, views, sunsets and traditional cultures from the relaxed Sun Island.
Bolivia is a great place to buy traditional handicrafts. Textiles in Sucre are particularly good or browse the stalls of the Witches' Market in La Paz for souvenirs ranging from jewellery to a llama foetus!
Bolivia remains one of the lesser visited countries in South America, and tourism infrastructure is a lot more limited than in neighbouring countries, but this only adds to the appeal for an authentic taster of Latin America.
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High up in the Andes, the earth suddenly falls away to reveal a huge, bowl-shaped canyon, with a city spread across its floor and clinging to the steep sides. A bustling and friendly place, La Paz is a joy to wander and explore.
High up in the Andes, the earth suddenly falls away to reveal a huge, bowl-shaped canyon, with a city spread across its floor and clinging to the steep sides.
La Paz will quite literally take your breath away with its glorious location, overlooked by the snow-capped peak of Mount Illimani. It is a bustling and friendly place that is fascinating to wander around.
Aymara women dressed in voluminous skirts and bowler hats, with children swaddled in multi-coloured blankets tied on their backs, fill the cobbled streets with their market stalls; your purchases here could be anything from local handicrafts to coca leaves to mysterious potions from the Witches’ Market.
Chacaltaya is a ramshackle lodge that proudly claims to be the world’s highest ski-’resort’. Perched on a clifftop at 5,600 metres, the breathtaking views include that of the regal Huayna Potosí. Skiing is not recommended here, but mounting a bicycle and descending over 3,000 metres in 55 kilometres into the subtropics certainly is.
This is just one of the several exhilarating downhill bike journeys that can be done from La Paz.
Another, that starts at the windy La Cumbre pass, ends several thrilling hours later in the warm, somnolent town of Coroico. Your journey (which can also be done by car) takes you through magnificent scenery: jagged mountains and frozen streams give way to the citrus groves and coffee plantations of the Yungas sub-tropical region.
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