11 Unmissable Experiences in Bolivia
Flamingoes at Laguna Colorada, Bolivia | © Henri Martin / Alamy Stock Photo
Largely off the international tourist radar, Bolivia offers ample enthralling adventures for the truly intrepid traveler. Packed full of culture and history, the colourful customs of its native inhabitants are proudly on display at every turn. Then there is the spectacular scenery, with countless awe-inspiring landscapes just begging to be explored. Not sure where to start? We have partnered with Intrepid Travel to bring you the 13 captivating Bolivian experiences you simply cannot miss.
Marvel at the magnificent topography of La Paz
The highest (administrative) capital in the world, La Paz rests in a deep valley that suddenly drops away from the windswept high-altitude plains and snow-capped mountains above. It’s a breathtaking sight to behold, best enjoyed from the city’s expansive urban cable car network.
Jump on La Paz’s cable car for an unbeatable view of the city © saiko3p / Shutterstock
Get your sorcery fix at the local Witches’ Market
Indigenous culture is alive and well in La Paz and nowhere is this more evident than the city’s colorful Witches’ Market. Among the exotic knickknacks on offer are psychedelic brews and gruesome dehydrated llama fetuses.
Witches Market, La Paz © rchphoto / Getty Images
See some curious religious festivities in Copacabana
Set alongside the glistening waters of Lake Titicaca, the quaint lakeside town of Copacabana is a hit with pilgrims who come to bless their automobiles with holy water and endless crates of beer.
Basilica of Our Lady, Copacabana © Vadim_Nefedov / Getty Images
Follow in the footsteps of the first Inca
A brief boat ride from Copacabana lies the stunning Isla del Sol, a sacred island where the Inca believed the sun was born. Ancient archeological sites and ice-capped Andean peaks only add to the appeal.
Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca © Rafal Cichawa / Shutterstock
Admire the alien landscapes of Uyuni
As the jewel of Bolivia’s tourism crown, the otherworldly atmosphere of the Salar de Uyuni is bound to impress. Come during the rainy season when the flooded surface creates a dreamy mirror effect.
Check out the incredible vistas of Uyuni © abc1234 / Shutterstock
And continue on to the Southwest Circuit
Surrounding the salt flats is the picturesque Southwest Circuit, a barren land of bizarre technicolored lagoons, towering snowy volcanoes, and belching sulfuric geysers.
Flamingos relax in Laguna Colorada, Uyuni © Byelikova Oksana / Shutterstock
Spot some colorful birdlife
Did we mention these lagoons have a flamboyance of pink flamingos who come to feast on the algae-rich waters?
Flamingos in Bolívia © agustavop / Getty Images
Brush up on your history in Potosí
The mining town of Potosí was once the economic stalwart of the New World Empire and is a true cornerstone of South American colonial history.
Cerro Rico mountain above Potosi, Bolivia © Florian Blümm / Alamy Stock Photo
Wander among the colonial streets of Sucre
Cerro Rico’s riches saw the construction of one of South America’s most picturesque colonial cities, a whitewashed architectural masterpiece which evokes all the grandeur of imperialist excess.
Convent of San Felipe Neri from La Merced Church in Sucre © Elisa Locci / Shutterstock
Venture deep into the jungle
A quick flight from La Paz sees travelers arrive at Rurrenabaque, an Amazonian ecotourism hub known for its steamy jungle treks and wondrous wildlife safaris.
View of Rurrenabaque, Bolivia © Watchtheworld / Alamy Stock Photo
Spot some exotic wildlife
With caymans, turtles, and capybaras galore, the pampas of northern Bolivia boast a plethora of exotic Amazonian animals.
All these incredible experiences and more can be had on an Intrepid tour of Bolivia. Click here for more information.
Capybara on a Bolivian Pantanal tour © Andrew Pearson / Alamy Stock Photo