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The 15 Best Destinations to Visit in Bolivia in 2018

The 15 Best Destinations to Visit in Bolivia in 2018

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Updated: 6 November 2017

As more and more travelers discover the magic of Bolivia, the country is on track to becoming one of the hottest up-and-coming Latin American destinations of 2018. Still largely untouched by the effects of mass tourism, those who are lucky enough to visit come back raving about its authentic indigenous culture and spectacular natural scenery.

Salar de Uyuni

The gem of Bolivia’s tourism crown, Salar de Uyuni has been drawing in the masses for decades and 2018 will be no different. Opt for the three-day jeep tour which includes the incredible southwest circuit to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Salar de Uyuni | © Henner Damke / Shutterstock

La Paz

Well on its way to becoming one of South America’s coolest capitals, La Paz has recently seen a number of chic new establishments open their doors in an effort to attract a more stylish clientele.

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La Paz | © Jess Kraft/Shutterstock

Sucre

Stunning colonial architecture, a friendly small-town vibe, pretty parks and plazas and a perfect year-round climate make Sucre a hit with the foreign contingent. Stick around to study Spanish or try your luck at becoming a digital nomad.

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San Felipe Neri monastery from La Merced church in Sucre, Bolivia | © Elisa Locci / Shutterstock

The Death Road

Hurtling down the world’s most dangerous road on a mountain bike has long been a backpacker’s bucket list adventure. Just be sure to take adequate precautions to avoid ending up at the bottom of a cliff.

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Death Road | © mezzotint/Shutterstock

Lake Titicaca

Spirituality has become big business in recent years and few places in Bolivia are more ethereal than the majestic Lake Titicaca. Make the pilgrimage to Isla del Sol, a mystical island where the Inca believed the sun was born.

Llamas at Lake Titicaca | © Matthew Straubmuller/Flickr

Rurrenabaque

Getting a profile pic with an exotic Amazonian animal is all the rage these days, and the best place to do so is on a wildlife-rich three-day pampas tour near Rurrenabaque.

Amazon Basin, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia | © Jonathan Hood / Flickr

Madidi National Park

Fans of the latest Daniel Radcliffe film Jungle would be mad to miss out on a chance to visit Madidi. Stay in the real-life protagonist’s community-run Amazon lodge and experience a Bolivian jungle adventure of your very own, minus the starvation and gangrene of course.

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San Jose de Uchupiamonas, Lago Chalalan | © Viaje a Bolivia/Flickr

Potosi

Once among the most populous cities in the world, Potosi and its infamous Cerro Rico silver mine play a crucial role in South America’s history. What’s more, experiencing the grisly working conditions of the ‘Mountain that Eats Men’ first-hand makes for a great travel story.

Potosi and its mines, Bolivia| © D’July/Shutterstock

Oruro

Rio’s carnival is so 2017. For an even crazier and more colorful parade, check out the insane Oruro Carnival on February 10 next year. We promise you won’t regret it.

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Carnaval Oruro | © PRObjaglin/Flickr

The Cordillera Real

Meaning the “Royal Range” in English, these dramatic mountains certainly live up to their namesake. Whether it be trekking around Tuni Condoriri or scaling the formidable Huayna Potosi, regal views abound in this stunning mountainous zone.

Tarija

Got a thing for vino? Then be sure to check out the vineyards of Tarija which produce delectable high altitude wines in a pleasant Mediterranean-like climate.

Main Plaza, Tarija | © Juan_Alvaro/Flickr

Samaipata

This quaint country town is a hit with expats for its picturesque surroundings and peaceful way of life. With scores of new foreign-friendly businesses popping up each year, Samaipata’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down.

Torotoro

As record-breaking paleontological discoveries continue to make headlines, interest in pre-historic creatures looks likely to remain strong. Check out some mindbogglingly huge footprints among other natural wonders in the tremendous Torotoro National Park.

Exploring the caves of Torotoro | © Julian Peters Photography/Shutterstock

Eastern Bolivia

Travelers are yearning for less touristy experiences and the lowlands of Eastern Bolivia fit the bill perfectly. Massive sand dunes, heavenly Jesuit churches, and wildlife-rich national parks await adventurers ready to get well off the beaten track.

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San Xavier Church | © Gatol Fotografia/Flickr

Tupiza

Looking to live out that childhood cowboys and Indians fantasy? Then head on down to Tupiza, a stunning badlands region that is famous for its rugged terrain. Fans of the genre can even follow the final days of the infamous outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Tupiza horse riding | © Jonathan Hood/Flickr