One of South America’s best kept secrets, Bolivia is home to Latin America’s highest cities, colonial treasures and wonderful and magnificent landscapes. Bolivia offers many natural attractions and the country is often referred to as “The Americas’ Tibet” because it resembles the Tibetan Plateau.
You will find everything from local street food to gourmet international restaurants in the larger cities. Local specialities include Api Morado, a drink made of sweet corns traditionally served at breakfast, and Chicharrón, a shredded pork dish. Delicious fresh fruit is sold in the street markets – we recommend the Bolivian Chirimoya.
Bolivia offers a wide range of different accommodation from large modern hotels to smaller locally-owned properties. You can also find small cosy hostels in the countryside and jungle lodges.
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Where to go in Bolivia
Capital: La Paz
Official language: Spanish
Currency: Bolivian Boliviano (BOB)
Time zone: GMT −4 hours
International dialling code: +591
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Lake Titicaca, the highest natural lake in the world, situated in the Bolivian highlands with magnificent views of the snow-capped summits of the Royal Andean Mountain Range. Cruise across Lake Titicaca and stop at one of the islands to have lunch with the local island inhabitants and learn about these remote agricultural communities.
Uyuni Salt Flats
The Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, formed by ancient prehistoric lakes leaving behind a massive and absolutely breathtaking salt desert. Crossing the vast salt flats of the Uyuni desert is truly a unique experience.
Potosi & Sucre
Both UNESCO World Heritage sites, beautiful Potosi was renowned during colonial times for its silver inside the “Cerro Rico” mountain, and Sucre, the country’s constitutional capital, has some of the finest colonial architecture in the world.
The world’s highest capital city, literally breathtaking at an altitude of 4,000 metres. Spend a few days in La Paz and experience the chaos of the local markets, explore the ancient ruins of Tiwanaku and descend to the Yungas sub-tropical valley and enjoy the rich green tropical plantations of coffee, cacao, banana, coca-leaf and fruit tree orchards.
Explore the Andes and Amazon
Trek the Royal Andean Range crossing Bolivia, the highest mountain range outside Asia, and climb the snow capped peak of Huayna Potosi. Venture into the Bolivian Amazonian rain forest, an ecological paradise with hundreds of species of birds and different flora and fauna in Madidi National Park.
When to go
The best time of year to travel is from May to October when it is cooler and drier. The temperature is around 20-25°C although it can be cooler in the evenings and temperatures can drop to 0°C at high altitude.
The rainy season runs from November to April although it is worth remembering that during the wet season the rain tends to come in showers and you will still have plenty of sunshine!
Where to go next
Combine Bolivia with a trip to Peru and cruise across Lake Titicaca to cross the border to Peru. Alternatively, you can cross the Uyuni Desert and travel overland to the Atacama Desert in Chile.
Map of Bolivia
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