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Often dubbed the most quintessentially South American country, Bolivia suffered few changes during the Spanish Conquest – thanks in part to its harsh mountain landscapes and thick jungle which prevented large scale immigration by Europeans – and the native Indians have held onto many of their traditions, with some remote villages remaining virtually untouched for centuries.

 

The high altitude of most Andean tourist sites – its two biggest attractions, including La Paz, the world’s highest capital city, and Lake Titicaca, are both higher than the top of Europe’s tallest mountain – makes it a tough place to travel, but the spectacular scenery more than makes up for this and keeps a steady stream of tourists, including many adventure travellers, trickling in.

 

Bolivia is also the poorest country in South America, and the tourism infrastructure is not as developed as some of its richer neighbours. However, with a bit of patience and a willingness to rough it a bit, Bolivia can be a very rewarding and affordable country to visit.

 

Some places not to miss on your trip to Bolivia:

La Paz: By day the world’s highest capital is a bustling metropolis of Indian markets and honking cars, by nightfall thousands of lights illuminate the city, stretched out in its narrow canyon of Andean mountains. 

 

Lake Titicaca: Spend a few days island-hopping on the world’s highest navigable lake, with its backdrop of snow-capped Andean peaks. Don’t miss Isla del Sol, which legend dictates is the birthplace of the Incas, and is dotted with tiny, picturesque villages.

 

The World’s Most Dangerous Road: Hire a mountain bike and a guide and career down the hair-raisingly narrow road from La Paz to Coroico in its sub-tropical valley thousands of metres below. The frequent avalanches, waterfalls pouring onto the road and thousand-metre drops make it a good choice for adrenaline-junkies, and not for the faint-hearted.

 

The Salares: The salt planes of the south west are home to an array of birdlife, including flamingos, which feed on the bright red and green soda lakes.

 

Potosí and Sucre: These Spanish cities are two of the country’s most charming visitor destinations, with some good examples of Colonial architecture. Potosí was once the richest city in Latin America, thanks to the discovery silver mines in the 16th century.

 

Parque National Madidi: The size of El Salvador, Madidi is one of the most biodiverse national parks on the planet, with more than 1,000 bird species and five breeds of big cat inhabiting its landscape, which stretches from airless 6,000m peaks down to steamy jungle.







29 Nov 2006

Best Hikes in Bolivia

The Inca Trail

102040Characterized by rugged ascents boasting magnificent views of Andean scenery and trails that wind their way through the cloud forest and past ancient archaeological sites, the Inca Trail is perhaps ...
Hiking, Major Attraction, Trekking
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Peru

TelefériQo

102675Quito’s best-known tourist attraction offers some of the most spectacular and most easily accessible views of the city. There are 18 gondolas that soar up the side of Quito\'s western mountain ...
Hiking, City Park
Northern Quito, Quito, Ecuador

Hiking

139954Another popular way to explore the Estero del Iberá is by hiking. Near the Reserva Provincial Iberá’s Centro de Visitantes Agua Brillante are three trails. Behind it are the Sendero del Cerrito, ...
Hiking
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier

103787The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in Los Glaciares National Park in the southwestern part of Santa Cruz province, Argentina. When it snows high in the Patagonian Andes, the snow and ice does not ...
Boating, Trekking, Hiking, National Park
El Calafate, Argentina

Four-Day Inca Trail Trek

103226To give you a better sense of what the four-day trek involves, we\'ve put together a brief day-by-day summary of the trip.Day 1Total Distance: 10 to 11 kilometers (6.2-6.8 mi) Arrive by train from ...
Hiking, Trekking
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Peru

Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria

Sitting a hefty journey south of Iquitos in a flooded rainforest between the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers, Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria is the largest and one of the best conserved protected areas ...
Hiking, Trekking, Birdwatching
Iquitos, Peru

The Lost City Hike / Ciudad Perdida Hike

137498 Treks to Teyuna (or Ciudad Perdida) combine the opportunity to see some of Colombia’s natural beauty with a fascinating insight into the ancient indigenous Tayrona culture. Usually a five-day ...
Hiking
Colombia

Hiking around Cuicocha Lake

The hike around Cuicocha Lake can be completed anywhere between 3.5 and 5 hours, depending on your general level of fitness. Most people head off around the lake anticlockwise from the restaurant. Be ...
Hiking
Cuicocha Lake, Around Otavalo, Otavalo, Ecuador

Volcano Osorno

122637Volcano Osorno, elevation 2652 meters (8701 feet), is located on the northeast end of Lake Llanquihue, 51 kilometers from Puerto Varas. The pristine drive along the lake eventually leads into the ...
Hiking
Puerto Varas, Chile

Valley of the Volcanoes

Characterized by an unearthly, ostensibly endless lava field dominated by the majestic snow-capped peaks of Coropuna and EscrĂ­bano, the Valley of the Volcanoes (Santuario Nacional Valle de los ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Colca Canyon, Peru

Colca Canyon Trekking

Colca Canyon has a good range of trekking opportunities, from easy day hikes to longer, more intense treks in and around the canyon.One of the most popular treks—and one done on most ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Colca Canyon, Peru

Check out Bolivia's Top Museums

Museo de Arte Latino de Buenos Aires (MALBA)

117010 Established in 1995 with the mission to collect, conserve, study and present the art of the region, MALBA has become one of Buenos Aires' most popular and important museums. This is a great ...
Museum
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Evita Museum

129260Eva “Evita” Duarte Perón, one of the most important women in Argentina’s history and forever immortalized on stage and in film, has her own museum in Buenos Aires—Museo Evita. Built by the ...
Museum
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Centro Cultural Del Bicentenario

142081Santiago del Estero’s major museums now share a space in the renovated, colonial-era cabildo. On the first and second stories is the Museo Histórico Provincial which has an interesting wooden ...
Museum
Santiago Del Estero , Argentina

Museo ArqueolĂłgico Profesor Mariano Gambier

141606Walking down the Ruta 40 side road lined with metal warehouses, it’s hard to believe one of these could be home to Museo Arqueológico Profesor Mariano Gambier. This unrefined building doesn’t ...
Museum
San Juan, Argentina

Museo Oro del PerĂş / Gold Museum

The Museo Oro del Perú, considered one of Lima’s premier attractions, houses the private collection of Miguel Mujica Gallo, who spent years amassing it, often by purchasing relics from grave ...
Museum
Lima, Peru

Museo Nacional de ArqueologĂ­a / National Archaeology Museum

The Museo Nacional de ArqueologĂ­a, AntropologĂ­a e Historia del PerĂş is a must-see for history buffs. Like the Museo de la NaciĂłn, it provides an overview of the history of the region, mostly ...
Museum
Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru

La Chascona

Museo Casa La Chascona is the former home of Chile’s Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda. La Chascona means “uncombed” and is a reference to the unruly hair of Matilde Urrutia, his secret ...
Museum
Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

Museo Larco / Larco Museum

The Museo ArqueolĂłgico Rafael Larco Herrera, commonly known as the Museo Larco or Larco Museum, is one of the most popular in Lima. Set in a gorgeous old hacienda, the museum is the private ...
Museum
Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru

Iglesia y Convento de la Merced

108544The Church and Convent of Mercy was originally built in 1535, making it one of the oldest religious institutions in South America, though it was rebuilt after an earthquake destroyed it 1654. It is ...
Museum
Cusco, Peru

Museo de Las Tumbes Reales de Sipán

114082The Museo de Las Tumbes Reales de Sipán is a stunning, informative and atmospheric exhibition on the discovery and subsequent excavation of the the tomb of the Lord of Sipán. Along with a replica ...
Museum
Lambayeque, Peru

GalerĂ­a LucĂ­a de la Puente

108525This famous commercial gallery is known as “the” art center in Lima. It is located in an old, fully refurbished Barranco mansion. Huge rooms with tall walls that reflect natural light onto the ...
Museum
Barranco, Lima, Peru

Take a tour of Bolivia

Guacamayo Tours

In association with the RĂ­o Muchacho Organic Farm, Guacamayo Tours is one of the main operator in Canoa and has a variety of exceptional eco-oriented treks and tours. Dedicated to responsible ...
Tour Operator
Canoa, Ecuador

Galapagos Travel Center

144375The Galapagos Travel Center is perhaps one of the best places to reserve your Galápagos cruise due to having one of the widest selection of boats and highly-competitive prices available on the ...
Tour Operator
Quito, Ecuador

Columbus Travel

141810Norwegian owned and based in Quito, Columbus Travel has access to a wide range of boats and prices, as well as provides an excellent booking service for Galapagos cruises and tours. As a result of ...
Tour Operator
Ecuador

Quito City Tour & Travel

145185A local and savvy tour operator that provides thorough guides of the Old Town as well as tours of landmarks on the outskirts of the city, such as the Teleferiqo or Mitad del Mundo. But if you\'re ...
Tour Operator
Quito, Ecuador

Erratic Rock

Erratic Rock offers a wide array of adventure tour options in Patagonia. From day trips to penguin colonies, to multiple day excursions to the end of the world, there is something to suit every ...
Tour Operator
Puerto Natales, Chile

Ecuador Adventure

145184Ecuador Adventure provides what some might say is a more adrenaline-centered tour of the country, offering a range of places to go see and activities to do en route. They arrange trips that typically ...
Tour Operator
Quito, Ecuador

Sentibera

139945SentIbera is operated by Noelia “Morocha” Cavieres, a trained environmentalist guide and park ranger. She leads hikes through Iberá’s varied ecosystems. Treks focused on specific topics can be ...
Tour Operator
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Columbus Travel

145183Norwegian owned and based in Quito, Columbus Travel has access to a wide range of boats and cruises, providing an excellent booking service for Galapagos tours. As a result of selling more Galapagos ...
Tour Operator
Quito, Ecuador

Say Hueque Patagonia

Say Hueque is a travel agency based in Buenos Aires. It has developed the best options for independent travelers from all over the world who want to travel in Argentina and Chile. The agency offers ...
Tour Operator
Argentina

SAS Travel

SAS Travel is a well established and respected tour operator, which, since it began in 1990, has won a number of awards, including “Best Inca Trail Tour Operator” in 2010 (awarded by the Regional ...
Tour Operator
Cusco, Peru

Paypahuasi Tours S.a.

Paypahuasi Tours S.A. is a tour operator specializing in trekking, mountain climbing and summits, adventure and everything outdoorsy. They also have a variety of trips that take in the different ...
Tour Operator
Near Quito, Quito, Ecuador
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