Bolivia

Home to ancient traditions and cultures that are fast disappearing, Bolivia is the continent’s most indigenous country, with 60% of its inhabitants descended from Native Americans – a rich heritage that is evident in the local art, cuisine, music and traditions. Equally as fascinating is the incredibly diverse landscape, stretching from the central Andes to the Amazon Basin and encompassing a terrain that includes snowy peaks, the world’s highest navigable lake, rainforests, dry valleys, and volcanoes both active and extinct. Whether you are in search of colourful festivals, ancient remains or an outdoor adventure, Bolivia is a tourist’s treat waiting to be discovered.

What’s on offer in Bolivia?

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca

Situated high in the Andes Mountains on the border between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is considered the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. The area is was once a stronghold of Inca culture – and this ancient legacy is still evident in the many Inca ruins dotted across the shoreline, as well as the vibrant traditional handwoven textiles and clothes. Among the lake’s most popular attractions are the 42 floating reed islands of the Uros people, accessible from Puno in the east. On Santa Maria, the largest of these, tourists can arrange tours into private local homes to experience traditional culture.

La Paz - Bolivia

La Paz

Surrounded by the peaks of the Andean Plateau and overlooked by the 6402m Mt. Illimani, La Paz is a truly breathtaking city whose buildings sprawl the surrounding canyon, reaching altitudes of up to 4100m. While the sight of the city is reason enough to visit, La Paz holds a number of attractions sure to keep tourists fascinated. Take a walk along Calle Jaen, a colonial street where museums can be found, explore the city’s cathedrals or wander through some of the colourful markets, including the “Witches’ Market” where llama foetuses and dried frogs can be found for sale.

Sucre - La Recoleta - Bolivia

Sucre

Sucre holds the honour of being Bolivia’s capital and is also considered the nation’s most beautiful city. Set in a valley in the south-central region of the country, Sucre enjoys an eternal spring – perfect weather for walking its narrow streets and discovering a city that remains almost exactly as it was a century ago. The UNESCO World Heritage site is home to some of the best examples of Spanish colonial architecture in South America, and the white-washed facades of the buildings have earned Sucre the title of “The White City”.

Potosi - Bolivia

Potosi

Potosi became famous after 1545 when silver was discovered by the Spanish in the Cerro de Potosi mountain. The city was the site of the Spanish colonial mint and the largest and wealthiest in the region. As well as being a functioning mine, today the Cerro Rico is also home to several industrial monuments such as artificial lakes, aqueducts and the barrios mitayos that the miners called home. Visitors can tour the cooperative mine in and then explore the town’s grand churches, mansions and monasteries – evidence of long gone wealth and the reason for Potosi’s is World Heritage site status.


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