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7 Amazing Places You Didn't Know Existed In Bolivia

Picture of Harry Stewart
Updated: 31 January 2017
Many know of the dreamy landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni, the tranquil waters of Lake Titicaca and the frantic highland city of La Paz. But what about Bolivia’s lesser known attractions? Venturing off the beaten path will uncover some hidden gems that will astound even the most intrepid travellers. Read on to discover 7 amazing Bolivian destinations that you’ve never even heard of.

The Chiquitania region

A journey through the Chiquiania region in Bolivia’s east will reveal magnificent tropical scenery, heavenly Jesuit churches and warm camba (lowlander) hospitality.

Jesuit Church | © Carlos Reusser Monsalvez/Flickr

Jesuit Church | © Carlos Reusser Monsalvez/Flickr

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park

Noel Kempff is the final frontier – so far off the beaten track a charter plane is often required just to get there. Those who make the journey will discover a pristine jungle, an abundance of wildlife and picturesque landscapes.

Noel Kempff | © Pattrön/Flickr

Noel Kempff | © Pattrön/Flickr

Lomas de Arena

Did you know there is a desert with sand dunes right in the middle of Bolivia’s tropical lowlands? Just a short drive from Santa Cruz, this geological marvel is a great place to go sand boarding. There are some excellent wildlife spotting opportunities nearby as well.

Lomas de Arena | © Ivan Gutierrez Lemaitre

Lomas de Arena | © Ivan Gutierrez Lemaitre

Kaa Iya National Park

Bolivia’s largest National Park is one of the best places on the planet to spot wild jaguars. With a hot, semi-arid climate, the isolated Kaa Iya National Park is located in a far flung corner of the country and is entirely managed by local indigenous tribes.

Jaguar in Kaa Iya National Park | © Ivan Gutierrez Lemaitre/ Flickr

Jaguar in Kaa Iya National Park | © Ivan Gutierrez Lemaitre/Flickr

San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve

This virtually unheard of eco-tourism project sits right in the heart of eastern Bolivia’s agricultural district. Money raised from wildlife tours goes directly into replacing cattle that have been eaten by big cats, which consequently discourages local farmers from shooting them.

San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve | © Ivan Gutierrez Lemaitre

San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve | © Ivan Gutierrez Lemaitre

Sajama National Park

This is a wonderful National Park that sees just a handful of visitors due to its inaccessibility. Sajama boasts an assortment of high altitude lagoons, hot springs, volcanoes and plenty of alpacas.

Sajama | © Benjamin Bousquet/Flickr

Sajama National Park | © Benjamin Bousquet/Flickr


This beautiful three day trek begins at a high mountain pass and descends through glacial valleys and traditional indigenous settlements before arriving in the lush semi-tropical Yungas region. Go it alone for a truly solitary experience.

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Takesi | © Harry Stewart

Get in touch with Nick’s Adventure Tours for the best off-the-beaten-track experiences in Bolivia.