This landlocked South American country is a destination of remarkable geographical diversity and varied wildlife, as well as fascinating colonial heritage and indigenous cultures.
Bolivia, the “Rooftop of the World,” is home to breathtaking landscapes, ancient civilizations and colorful wildlife. Its natural splendor ranges from the snow-capped Andes to salt flats and Amazonian rainforests. Bolivia sits in the heart of South America and was under Spanish rule for three centuries. Today, Spanish is spoken alongside over 30 indigenous languages.
Start your visit in La Paz, perched on a plateau over 12,000 feet (3,660 meters) above sea level. Spot colonial landmarks, shop at markets and experience the centuries-old cultures of the Aymara and Quechua people. Visit nearby natural attractions such as Valle de la Luna and Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest commercially navigable lake.
North of La Paz, the Cordillera Real mountain range provides excellent climbing and trekking adventures. Visit the peaceful towns of Coroico and Chulumani, set amid the forested valleys of the Yungas. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on the Choro or Takesi trails. Experience the thrill of cycling or driving along Death Road, a precarious mountain road that connects La Paz with Coroico.
Join eco-friendly tours in the towns and parks of the Amazon Basin. Meet indigenous Amazonian people and spot wildlife in Madidi National Park. Cruise along the Yacuma River and look out for diverse bird species, turtles and dolphins.
Find some of the country’s most charismatic cities in South Bolivia. Tour a tin mine and join the flamboyant carnival festivities in Oruro. Admire colonial architecture in the capital city, Sucre, or visit the silver mines of Potosi. Further south is Uyuni, a great base for visiting the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. See flamingos at the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna or marvel at the barren desert landscapes of Tupiza.
Bolivia is a low-cost and safe destination for visitors, however you should ensure you only use reputable tour and taxi operators. The diverse topography means that the climate is varied. Enjoy the captivating scenery as you travel between cities and attractions.