Places not to miss in Bolivia…
- UYUNI SALT LAKE
Unmistakably the Uyuni Salt Lake is one of the most surreal landscape, the largest salt flat in the world than can even be seen from the space. Exploring the amazing empty white landscape is an incredible experience and a must-do while in Bolivia.
Located in the south-west of Bolivia Uyuni Salt Lake is truly an extraordinary piece of nature. Spending a night in one of the Salt hotels situated on the edge of the salt flats to appreciate the landscape at sunrise and sunset.
You can witness the splendor and beauty of the Uyuni Salt Lake after a rain as the water on the salt looks like a mirror and reflects the sky above.
Literally we should assure that it has to be seen to be believed!
- TITIKAKA LAKE
Lake Titikaka is the highest navigable in the world shared between Bolivia and Peru and has the most wonderful landscapes. With ancient ruins and traditional villages dotted around the lakeside, the waters of TITIKAKA LAKE are a beautiful blue, reflecting the hills, mirroring the sky and changing color when it is cloudy.
Take a boat from the town of Copacabana and explore the Sun Island. Some ruins like the Pilkokaina Palace, the Inca’s Fountain, and the 200 stairs of Yumani are part of this beautiful Island, worth to see it.
- MADIDI NATIONAL PARK
The Madidi National Park is home to some of the greatest richness of Bolivia and is also one of the world’s priorities for conservation, also one of the extraordinary reservoirs of genetic material on the planet. The park is characterized by its exceptional wealth of biological riches and variety of ecosystems.
The Madidi National Park is made up of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, high Andean lagoons, deep valleys and canyons, cliffs, torrid rivers and waterfalls. All of these landscapes add up to create some of the most stunning scenery you will ever see.
If you prefer tours and services that demonstrate social, cultural and environmental sensitivity, while you enjoy the peaceful nature, this is your place.
- SUCRE CITY
Sucre is the historical capital of Bolivia declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Also receives the name of White City due to most of the colonial buildings in the city center are whitewashed. It’s probably the most tranquil city in Bolivia and offers very interesting attractions such as historic buildings, indigenous culture, prehistoric sites and many others. Its relaxed atmosphere will fascinate you and probably will prolong your staying there for longer than expected.
- POTOSI CITY
Potosí is a city full of past splendors, including monument colonial architecture, also declared a UNESCO World Heritage. A walk through the streets offers and interesting glimpse back to the city’s golden age. The tradition tells that the Spaniards found in the Rich Mountain of Potosí huge amounts of silver enough to build a bridge from Potosí to Europe made entirely of silver. The truth is that millions of tons of silver were mined and conveyed to Spain. An excursion to the mine will allow you to confirm the past and the history and will allow you to feel their exiting myths, hard work and hopes.
- CARNAVAL DE ORURO
The Oruro’s Carnaval was declared a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Featuring music, dance and crafts, it is highlighted by a ceremonial parade lasting 20 hours, covering 4 kilometres and involving 20,000 dancers and 10,000 musicians. The carnival reinforces the cultural identity of the community and attracts more than 400,000 people. The unique festival displays spectacular folk dances, extravagant costumes, beautiful crafts and lively music.
It’s a party like no other offering a memorable experience for all those involved. If you’re lucky enough to be in Bolivia at this time of year, this is something not to be missed!
- SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK
This surprising spot is located on the Bolivian Altiplano. Hosts fascinating Andean landscapes and the highest mountain in Bolivia, the snowcapped Volcan Sajama at 6542masl, as well as wonderful geological formations and stunning vegetation, the park also holds pre-Hispanic cave paintings and burial buildings. The indigenous population of this area have worked hard to preserve their customs and religious beliefs in this part of Bolivia.
You will find here thermal springs, high mountains (Pomerape), queñuaforests, volcanic geysers, Curahuara de Carangas (Colonial city that has a beautiful church known as the Sistine Chapel of the Altiplano), Tomarapi (cave paintings), Changamoko (colonial mining structures), lagoons.
Also typical fauna of the Andes is found like llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, armadillos, viscachas, bears, Andean cats, pumas, condors, pink flamingos, coots (black ducks), hummingbirds, rheas, etc.
- DEATH ROAD
Coroico a little town in the heart of the Yungas area (3 hours from La Paz), was known for many years as a weekend destination for people from La Paz city. In the way to Coroico you will descend In less than two hours from 4680 mts to 1745 mts.
The Death Road (the old dusty one) became a popular tourist destination starting in the 1990s, some delighted 25,000 thrill seekers. The dangerousness gave this road great notoriety and entice people seeking their adrenaline lined hearts, But you can also enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your car in a private tour fruit, coffee and coca plantations are seen everywhere. You can enjoy a tour to Coroico and relax admiring the beautiful landscapes through the new paved road.
- LA PAZ AND “MI TELEFERICO”
It’s an aerial cable car urban transit system opened in 2014 in La Paz and built by an Austrian company. Initially there are 3 lines red, yellow and green, which are the colors of the Bolivian flag. This is a rapid transit network using cable cars as the primary system of transportation, that will probably help to avoid the chaotic traffic in the city.
Experience this new attraction, an incredibly ride by first-class cable car system called Mi Teleferico, that gets you to the top of the city for fabulous views.
- JESUIT MISSIONS
The majestic churches of the Jesuit Missions located in Santa Cruz (Chiquitania), have been declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO
The indigenous inhabitants of the missions were taught European music as means of conversion, conserving until now the teaching methodology used by the Jesuit Missionaries and they were self-sufficient, with thriving economies, and effectively autonomous from the Spanish crown. The contributions made to Bolivia’s cultural history can still be seen today, in towns like San Javier, Concepción, San Rafel, San Ignacio, and others. These are not ruins, but villages full of life.
These former Jesuit missions have experienced some measure of popularity, and have become a tourist destination.
INTERESTING DATA ABOUT BOLIVIA
– Did you know that:
- Bolivia located in the heart of Southamerica is considered a “mega-diverse” country.
- 2 third parts of Bolivia are Amazon area and only one third is Andean area.
- Bolivia is one of the most biological diverse countries of the world maintaining vast, intact humid and dry forest ecosystems and possesses 40% of the wildlife in the world.
- Bolivia is a diverse and multiethnic country and 36 Native cultures with their own languages are part of the population in Bolivia.
- Uyuni Salt Lake is the largest deposit of salt on the planet containing more than 64 millions tons of salt and is also the largest deposit of lithium buried under the salt. An excursion to the Uyuni Salt Lake is something absolute incredible, the sensation of being there is astonishing and pictures are sensational.
- Lake Titikaka is the highest navigable in the world shared amongst Bolivia and Peru and has the most wonderful landscapes.
- The Madidi National Park is home to some of the natural richness of Bolivia and is also one of the world’s priorities for conservation as it is one of the most extraordinary reservoirs of genetic material on the planet.
- The so called Death’s Road is the world’s most dangerous road and starts in La Paz. It’s the favorite travel attraction for mountain bikers.
- Bird species occupies the 7th place in the world and butterfly species the 4th, most of them located in Santa Cruz (amazon area).
- Potosí became the largest and wealthiest city of the Americas due to the extraordinary richness of the Silver Cerro Rico (referred as Rich Mountain) It was the envy of the kings and still today the mines are working under the same conditions.