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Sports and Recreation in Bolivia - Activity Info. - Bolivia

Soccer (fĂştbol) is easily the country’s most popular sport, with makeshift matches often taking place in parks and streets. Local teams have loyal supporters; a great match to attend is the La Paz derby between the most famous clubs in the first division: Club BolĂ­var and The Strongest—the country’s oldest team. The sky-high Estadio Hernando Siles gives the national team an advantage over breathless rivals. Unfortunately, Bolivia has had little success on the road and has only qualified for the World Cup three times- the last being in 1994. 

Other common recreational activities include volleyball and basketball, as well as auto racing, bullfighting and boxing. Tennis and golf are popular pasttimes for those who can afford them. There are professional-quality links in Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, and La Paz, which has the world's highest course (3,350 m / 11,000 ft).  

Bolivia's glut of peaks, moderate number of visitors, and lack of infrastructure will make you feel like you have the backcountry to yourself. Hike, climb or bike one of the country’s four mountain ranges. Witness the diversity of plant, wildlife, and terrain as you ramble across the Cordillera Real, which backdrops the capital and careens to Yungas in the sub-tropics. Popular peaks include Hauyna PotosĂ­ and the five-peaked Illimani outside of La Paz. Bolivia, home to the world’s most dangerous road, also has some of the most potent mountain biking terrain in South America.  

Although rafting and kayaking opportunities suffer from some growing pains, there are plenty of well-known and uncharted waterways worth paddling. The fast RĂ­o Tuichi takes you through forested canyons and mountain passes full of wildlife. River excursions are best organized in Cochabamba, near the RĂ­o Grande. In Yungas there are several rivers with various classes of rapids, and RĂ­o Coroico, which is great for kayaking.

You can imagine yourself in your very own spaghetti western as you hoof it in popular, sub-tropical Entre RĂ­os, around Tupiza. Tours on horseback aren't highly organized, but you there are more than enough places to ride: around Lake Titicaca, in the lush Pantanal near Santa Cruz, and the meandering Inca trails around Samaipata.

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