Bolivia has more indigenous people than any other country in the Americas. For travelers, this means that Bolivia offers a diverse mixture of multi-ethnic cultural experiences, magnificent natural landscapes, and unforgettable adventures. Still largely untouched by the effects of mass tourism (though Bolivia tours offer remarkable experiences), those who are lucky enough to visit come back raving about its authentic indigenous culture and spectacular natural scenery. For the full Bolivia experience,
check out our range of tours in Bolivia, such as our 4-day Bolivia Adventures tour or our larger Bolivia Expedition tour!
One of the flattest places in the world, the 4,000-square-mile salt flats were formed by a prehistoric lake. This desert landscape of bright white salt, rock formations, and cactus-strewn islands was born as the result of the drying up of a prehistoric lake. This is one of the world’s highest salt deserts (5,000 meters above sea level)! Visit this incredible desert in Bolivia and discover
all the riches it holds. This landscape offers you two different views but it’s especially impressive from January to March when you can enjoy the rainy season when the desert turns into a unique mirror of water.
Isla del Sol is an island 9,6 km long and 4,8 km long wide. It is a sacred place to the indigenous people, said to be where the God Viracocha created humanity after the great flood. The island is located in Lake Titicaca´s northern area, where you can embark on a catamaran from the small town of Copacabana and take a short trip and explore the Incan ruins. The island is
divided into three communities: “Yumani” in the south, “Challa” which has a sandy white beach on the central east coast, and “Challapampa” near the north end of the island. The southern part is most visited due to the archaeological ruins of the Pilko Kaina Temple and the Yumani pier.
Located in the Andean National Wildlife Reserve Eduardo Avaroa, the Colorada Lagoon is part of the Bolivian plateau! This lagoon is especially recognized for its exceptional color. The red color of the lagoon is mainly due to the red sediments and pigments of certain types of algae living there. Visitors to this amazing place can admire pink James flamingos that visit Laguna Colorada to feed.
Located near La Paz and about fifteen kilometers south of Lake Titicaca, the archaeological site of Tiwanaku offers an amazing chance to experience the ruins of one of Bolivia’s indigenous civilizations. Considered the major site of the pre-Columbian Tiwanaku civilization, the site bears witness to the life of this fascinating civilization, gathering remnants of ancestral techniques such as irrigation, fishing, and the construction of buildings and roads. The site is a strong symbol in the history of Bolivia’s lost civilizations.
La Paz is the unofficial second capital city of Bolivia. It is located in west-central Bolivia, 68 km (42 miles) southeast of Lake Titicaca. Due to its altitude, the city of La Paz has an unusual subtropical highland climate, with
rainy summers and dry winters. La Paz is considered the second capital of the country and it is the highest city in the world, at 3,650 meters. The Teleférico (cable car) has become one of the most important tourist attractions of the city. It is currently a network of 10 km of cable cars that operate between the city of La Paz and the Alto. You’ve never been to a city like La Paz and we think everyone should go here at least once in their lives.
Bordering Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and is considered the highest navigable lake in the world, at 3,812 meters. Near the southeastern shore of the lake lies Tiwanaku, the ruins of an ancient city-state that scholars believe was a precursor of the Inca Empire. Today, the region is a mixture of crumbling cathedrals, desolate altiplano, and checkerboard fields backed by rolling hills and high Andean peaks. Lake Titicaca is a popular vacation destination and essential addition to your Bolivia holiday. As it rests on the border of Peru and Bolivia, you may like to consider our Marvels of Peru and Bolivia tour.
Rurrenabaque is located between the Andes and the Amazon, and it is considered the gateway to the Bolivian tropical jungle. Rurrenabaque is located in the north of the country and it offers some of South America’s best jungle experiences. This small town lies on the Rio Beni banks in the Bolivian Amazon Basin. From here, you can take tours towards the Madidi National Park and explore the jungle, observing caimans, pink dolphins, monkeys, snakes, spiders, and several tropical insects!
Please get in touch if you have any questions about our range of Bolivia tours and this guide to the best things to do in Bolivia. This is an incredible country and we can’t wait to welcome you. Start planning your dream Bolivian adventure with Gulliver Expeditions!
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