In the middle of northern Brazil and the American continent lies Bolivia, a mosaic of culture and landscape. In this exotic place you can see snow in the Andes, salty deserts or several lagoons, which look more like the works of the Inca gods Viracocha or Pacha Mama. This country, which has the same number of inhabitants as Portugal (10 million), is geographically divided into two regions (the Altiplano and the plains), before becoming the Spanish Empire, it was part of Portugal. The Inca Empire, one of the most important ancient times. With a large population, the Bolivian culture and cuisine are two must-see attractions for any traveler who wants to know more about the country.
This lake is one of the largest in South America and is the highest waterway in the world. Considered as the birthplace of the Incas, it shelters several ruins. On the shores of this lake is the National Reserve of Titicaca, which is home to a rare aquatic fauna, including giant frogs. This lake has about 41 islands, some of which are densely populated with traditional villages, which offer accommodation to visitors.
La Selva and Pampa de Rurrebanaque
La Selva and the Pampa de Rurrebanaque are the most important attractions in Bolivia. If you love nature, your stay in Selva during your trip to Bolivia will always be in your heart and an unforgettable memory for your family. It is truly a “coup de coeur”.
It is the third largest city in the country and the seat of the Bolivian government. La Paz is one of the largest cities in the world, located in the Andes at more than 3500 meters above sea level. Take the cable car to enjoy the beautiful landscape of La Paz. In the city, you should visit the Murillo Square (the main public space in the city), the La Paz de San Francisco Church and Convent (a convent built in the 16th century) and the National Gallery (one of the most important cultural institutions in the country). A) Chakartaya (at the top of this mountain of the Andes you will find the highest ski resort in the world) or the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Luna).
The dinosaur footprints of Torotoro Park and the Cretaceous Park of Sucre
The Park of Torotoro and the Cretaceous of Sucre will fascinate you. As a member of the Jurassic Park generation, meet these historical giants, walk in their footsteps and imagine them walking hundreds of thousands of years ago. It’s a childhood dream come true.
Salar de Uyuni
It is the largest salt desert in the world, and since it is the only natural beauty that can be seen from space, it is a guide for the Apollo 11 astronauts. This desert is 120 meters deep and most people use 4×4 vehicles. The vegetation is marked by big cats and the hotel Sal Sala Blanca has an incredible structure in the middle of the desert. Built with salted gravel, it is a great attraction to visit the desert where the cars and motorcycles of the Dakar Rally passed by.
Sajama Parks, with its plains, geysers, mountains … The beautiful environment is still unknown to you, it is an incredible discovery and you would say that the world is fascinating. Indeed, the Sajama Park is one of the must-see attractions during trips to Bolivia.
Bridge to the sun
In this archaeological site, which is located in Tiauanaco and near the great lake Titicaca, we find a portal of about 2 meters high, with bas-reliefs of great artistic quality and symbolic meaning, where we didn’t talk about an exemplary of the Inca culture.
Fazer trekking in the Bolivian altiplano
Bolivia is a popular destination for young backpackers who love adventure. It is therefore a unique experience to understand the beauty of the country on foot across the Bolivian plateau. In the plateau area you will find different geological formations and some asphalt roads. In this area you should visit the city of Cochabamba (located at an altitude of 2570 meters, known as the “eternal spring” because of the good weather and the high agricultural production in this area), Oruro (located near the Andes, known for its It is famous for its carnival and ranked second in South America), Potosi (an old imperialist city with several mines, is the famous twenty mines in Potosi) and Sugar.
This fort, located on the top of a 1,950 meter high hill, was in fact a ceremonial center and an astronomical observation point for the Chané civilization, which inhabited the high Andes from 800 to 1300 A.D. This charming site was declared a World Heritage Site in 1998.
On the way to the Yungas
This road is considered “the road of death”, but if you think that this name keeps tourists away, be disappointed. In the past, between 200 and 300 people have died on this road every year. Today, it is one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions, not only for its curious nickname, but also for its natural beauty. Many tourists, accompanied by specialized guides, take this route by bicycle. And – believe me! – is a great experience!
Snowy Mountains and Andes
It is true that we are talking about a Latin American country, but there is a lot of snow there. In the Andes Cordillera (which rises to 6962 meters), near La Paz, you can visit the Chacaltaya or Huayna Potosí mountains, where you can see a glacier or climb a totally frozen mountain. In these resorts, which are supported by the Bolivian Andean Club, you can enjoy skiing.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
This city is the commercial center of Bolivia and is located near the Pirai River, in the tropical plains east of the Andes Mountains. Santa Cruz de la Sierra was founded by the Spaniards in the 16th century and is located at about 416 meters above sea level. In the city you should visit : The Amboró National Park (one of the richest biodiversity areas on the planet), the Guarani Museum (the only one specialized in this culture) or the Manzana Uno (an important cultural center). In addition to a cultural visit, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, you must taste its rich gastronomy. The majao or majadito, the locro, the patasca and the chicha are some of the delicacies that you must taste.
The green lagoon
This lagoon is located in the Eduardo Abaroa National Reserve (which has 30 lagoons), in the San Luis highlands, on Bolivia’s border with Chile. The water is greenish due to its high content of magnesium minerals, which attracts large colonies of flamingos. The Laguna Verde, 4200 meters high, is surrounded by volcanoes and hills. Go to the viewpoint to admire all the beauty of this lagoon.
The mysteries of the city of the Sun of Tiwanakus
The ruins of Tiwanaku is one of the last historical sites in Bolivia. As charming as the Incas, the Tiwanakus left many mysteries, and the City of the Sun is one of them.