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Bolivia is nothing short of stunning. Nine times out of ten, when you hear someone who’s just come back from Bolivia, you’ll find them raving about the gorgeous sights. One constant here is the tremendous natural beauty. Want to savor the experience of a lifetime? Rent a motorbike and cruise along the coastline of Lake Titicaca as the sun is setting. You’ll never want for scenic views here. Something else you won’t lack in Bolivia is adventure! From tackling the steep descents of mountain slopes by bike to ziplining in the jungle, hiking ancient Inca ruins to trekking along the banks of the Amazon, daredevils and thrillseekers can cavort here to their hearts’ content. Ther wild landscape practically beckons one to run, climb, and explore here. The biodiversity is just about unmatched anywhere, meaning that there’s no better place on Earth to spy on nature in all her splendor.

A huge indigenous population (around 60%) keeps Bolivian culture very authentic. It’s a tremendous place in which to immerse yourself in an unfamiliar setting and really learn from it. There are languages spoken that count as endangered, and traditions that go back as far as the bygone days of the Inca kings. The part of the culture that isn’t Native is a fascinating blend of voices, one that encourages you to add your own to the mix.

Springtime is the perfect time of year to visit, when the salt flats and desert aren’t too cold and the sunshine is abundant! But any time is a great time to explore one of the Americas’ phenomenal hidden treasures.

Bolivia Top Attractions

Lake Titicaca

The largest lake in South America is also the cradle of the Inca civilization, and visiting it is an engrossing experience. There are many ways to explore Titicaca. One is by booking a catamaran for an all-day boating trip across the lake’s shining surface. You can also rent a canoe or paddleboat for a more intimate experience, as well as a short trip to one of the many islands in the midst of the lake. Hike the navigable trails by the water, and drink in the sight of snow-capped mountains in the background! Don’t miss a visit to lovely Copacabana, which sits right on the edge of the Peruvian border.

La Paz

Get some altitude in La Paz, the world’s most elevated capital city! Situated over two miles above sea level, this picturesque city is a cornucopia of rich offerings for the visitor. You’ll want to check out the shopping on Sagarnaga Street, the eerie offerings on display in the Witches’ Market, and any of the city’s extraordinary museums. Like to play golf? Check out the world’s highest course! The food here is delicious and diverse, the nightlife is fantastic, and there are cultural attractions a’plenty. All this for some of the lowest prices in the Americas, since Bolivia remains an unsung jewel among Western destinations.

Salt Flats

The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flats in the world. Formed by a prehistoric lake that long since dried up, the visuals here are absolutely superb. There’s nothing but the flat expanses of blue sky and stark white flats, a lunar landscape unlike anything you’ve seen before. Lagoons are tinted red and green in this wonderland, flamingos wander along the horizon, and the overall experience is just short of otherworldly. The most mind blowing visits to the salt flats happen after it rains, when the shimmering surface of the water acts like a mirror between ground and sky. There are 4x4 tours of the salt flats available, and they are well worth the cost.

The Pampas

Bolivia’s own part of the Amazonian rainforest bursts with as much life as its larger neighbors, and its equally fascinating to explore. Some say a trip to the country is incomplete without a Pampas tour. Drift down the river in a dugout canoe as you hear riotous birdsong overhead and share the water with alligators and pink dolphins! Monkeys frolic through the canopy in a rustle of noise and movement, piranha flock beneath the surface, and the mighty anaconda is hiding among the trees! A fabulous way to experience the Pampas is a stay in a jungle resort that allows you to sleep right in the midst of the wild and wonderful rainforest, with every amenity for which you could wish.

Tiwanaku

The ruins of Tiwanaku mark a site considered one of the most important precursors to the Inca empire. This town in the southern Andes was a powerhouse between the 7th and 9th century A.D., and today its wreckage is one of Bolivia’s most spectacular attractions. The site, which was once home to as many as 30,000 inhabitants, represents some of the greatest pre-Inca architecture in South America, and it has been dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wandering and taking pictures here is an all-day affair, and one that you are sure to remember for a lifetime. Be sure to pick up some souvenirs from the vendors of handmade things that crowd the edges of the ruins.

Quick Facts

Capital: La Paz (administrative) and Sucre (Legal)
Primary Airports: El Alto International Airport (LPB), Jorge Wilstermann International Airport (CBB), Viru Viru International Airport (VVI)
Government: Republic
Currency: Boliviano (BOB)
Population: 10,670,000 (2013 est.)
Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Electricity: 220V/50Hz (US, Euro)
Time Zone: UTC -4
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