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This area ranges from high altitude cities such as PotosĂ­, to tropical forests in the Chapare region. Be sure to come prepared with the correct gear, especially if you plan to camp or go trekking, take it easy at high altitude, and keep stocked up with insect repellent and water in lower areas.

The main cities in the central highlands and valleys are growing in popularity with tourists. Don’t leave your belongings unattended, especially in transport hubs and popular tourist destinations, and you’ll avoid the small number of people who are trying to take advantage of this increase in visitor numbers. In crowded areas such as markets, be aware of pickpockets.

There is some great trekking in the area, which you’ll get the most out of with a few precautions. The valleys communities around Sucre and Potosí are quite reserved and wary of strangers – be respectful of local customs, take a local guide and don’t camp on land without asking the owner’s permission and your visit will be greatly enhanced. Communities across the area are relatively poor, so don’t tempt fate by leaving expensive items lying around, which could be the equivalent of several months’ salary for a local family.

There’s some spectacular scenery in the central highlands and valleys, but which can be hard to navigate. Don’t venture off into the campo without checking on conditions locally, and in most cases a local guide is highly advisable. If you’re driving, be sure to carry spare fuel and a tool kit for general repairs, food, water and blankets. In the national parks, it’s normally compulsory to take a local guide.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Central Highlands: When to go, Safety, Cultural Centers in Cochabamba, Sucre Shopping , Getting to and away, Tours, When to go to Sucre, Accommodation Overview, Things to See and Do and When to Go.








22 Feb 2010




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