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15 Amazing Places in Bolivia That Will Take Your Breath Away

Flamingoes in Laguna Colorada, Uyuni, Bolivia
Flamingoes in Laguna Colorada, Uyuni, Bolivia | © Byelikova Oksana / Shutterstock
From ominous Andean mountains to the steamy Amazon jungle and everything in between, breathtaking vistas greet intrepid travelers at seemingly every turn in Bolivia. Largely undiscovered by mass tourism, this is a land of unrivaled beauty with scenery so splendid it leaves onlookers with jaws agape. Here are a few examples.

La Paz

Built into a dramatic bowl-shaped valley, the unique geography of this crazy mountainous city is best enjoyed from the teleferico (cable car) as you soar through the sky.

La Paz © Poswiecie / pixabay

The Milluni Graveyard

A community of brave miners tried to stand up to a brutal dictator in the 1960s which tragically resulted in the Massacre of Milluni. Today, they rest in peace under the shadow of the ominous Huayna Potosi.

Milluni Graveyard © Gatol Fotografia

Huayna Potosi

Speaking of Huayna Potosi, the views from its peak over the Cordillera Real leave travelers breathless, not least for the 6,088 m (19,973 feet) thin high altitude air.

Huayna Potosi © Justin Vidamo / Flickr

The Cordillera Real

Those without the inclination to scale a mammoth mountain should head to the more accessible Tuni Cordoriri instead, where an easy hike affords unbeatable views.

Tuni Condori © chesterphotography / pixabay

La Muela del Diablo

Staring over the city of La Paz, the aptly named “Devil’s tooth” is an impressive sight to behold.

Muela del Diablo Couresty of Gatol Fotografia

Valle de las Animas

Known as the Valley of the Spirits in English, it’s not hard to imagine some kind of supernatural power lurking among this towering labyrinth of eroded rock.

Valle de las Animas Courtesy of Gatol Fotografia

Lake Titicaca

A tranquil, shimmering lake perched under the majestic mountains of the Cordillera Real, views of Lake Titicaca keep travelers lingering longer than expected.

Lake Titicaca © mailanmaik / pixabay

Isla del Sol

Jutting out from Lake Titicaca is the picturesque Isla del Sol, an island so awe-inspiring the Inca believed it to be the birthplace of the sun.

Isla del Sol, Bolivia © Jimmy Harris / Flickr

Sajama

This little-known national park features a giant volcano surrounded by high altitude lagoons, hot springs, and an army of adorable llamas.

Salar de Uyuni

When the rains flood the surface of the world’s largest salt flat, it creates a dream-like mirror effect that is out of this world.

Salar de Uyuni © Henner Damke / Shutterstock

The Southwest Circuit

A land of steaming geysers, snow-capped volcanoes, bubbling hot springs, and flamingo filled lagoons, the southwest circuit is an essential add on to the Salar de Uyuni tour.

Rock formation (Arbol de Piedra) in Uyuni, Bolivia © Byelikova Oksana / Shutterstock

The Train Cemetery

Rusted relics of a bygone era, these neglected old locomotives have been left to decay on the harsh desert air.

Train cemetery © jerzykwpodrozy / pixabay

Sucre

For a taste of the Spanish new world empire, nowhere competes with the white-washed colonial splendor of central Sucre.

Convent of San Felipe Neri from La Merced Church in Sucre, Bolivia © Elisa Locci / Shutterstock

The churches of Chuiquitos

Jesuit missionaries descended on eastern Bolivia in the 17th century to convert nonbelievers to their sect of Christianity, leaving behind a series of heavenly churches throughout Chuiquitos.

San Xavier Church Couresty of Gatol Fotografia

The Amazon basin

Covering a large expanse of the country, Bolivia’s lowland jungles are thriving with exotic wildlife and full of striking Amazon scenery.

Amazon rain forest in Bolivia in Madidi National © Jess Kraft / Shutterstock