High altitudes, unique ecosystems and ancient civilisations – Welcome to Bolivia. One of the most spectacular countries in South America.
When people think of Bolivia, they tend to think of the incredible salt flats and possibly the dizzying heights of La Paz. In reality, it’s much more diverse than that.
If you’re planning to travel to western Bolivia, I have one piece of advice for you. Get acclimatised. It’s easy to underestimate the effects of altitude – you’ll have a much better time of it if you acclimatise slowly.
The Best Places to Travel in Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni (the Bolivian Salt Flats)
You have probably seen many a photograph of the Salar de Uyuni. Yet nothing can quite prepare you for the vast expanse of gleaming white that assaults your senses the first time you see it.
Whatever time of the year you visit the Salar de Uyuni, you’re sure to be blown away by one of nature’s most dramatic landscapes. Read my practical guide for planning your Bolivia Salt Flats trip.
The Coloured Lakes (Laguna Colorada, Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca)
Show-stopping sceneries don’t just stop at the salt flats, the nearby coloured lakes are equally impressive.
Laguna Colorada’s blood-red tinted waters make for an impressive sight. The contrasting waters of the Laguna Verde (green lake) and Laguna Blanca (white lake) derive their colours from the high concentration of minerals contained in the lakes. Read more about Bolivia’s incredible landscapes.
Spanning the border between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is more than just a large lake. It’s small traditional villages, challenging mountain treks, small islands and undiscovered nooks.
Death Road (Yungas Road)
We’ll give you three guesses why the Yungas Road earned its moniker of the “Death Road”.
This narrow road winds its way for 69km from La Paz to Coroico along the side of the Cordillera Oriental Mountains. Hairpin bends, terrifying drops and dangerous terrain have all played their parts in creating the most dangerous road in the world.
In recent years, the hair-raising mountain bike ride down the road has become one of the must-do adventures for anyone looking for an adrenaline rush.
Whitewashed buildings and quiet squares come together to form Bolivia’s prettiest town – it’s no wonder that it was named as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1991.
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