Bolivia may not be the first name that comes to someone’s mind when planning to visit South America, but it is certainly one of the most varied and beautiful countries of this continent. From massive mountains that almost touch the sky to the hundreds of rivers flowing through Bolivia – this is truly a magnificent place worthy of a visit. If you are in Bolivia or planning to make this country a part of your South American tour, do not miss these 8 places at all cost!
The third most densely populated city of Bolivia, and it is the seat of the government (although the capital is Sucre). La Paz is situated 13,000 feet above sea level and has one of the highest airports in the world. Based in a picturesque location with high mountains all around, this is a bustling city that can cater for every need of visitors. The nightlife here is lively; delicious cuisines, local shopping centers, and cheap accommodations make La Paz a great place to roam around in Bolivia. The Witches Market in La Paz is an ancient but trendy local street market, with plenty of attractions to offer. Llama fetuses sold here are considered to be lucky, and dried frogs, owl feathers, soapstone figurines and different types of herbs are the perfect souvenirs to take back home.
Sucre, the capital
Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia and also where the LatinoSchools school is located in the country. It is a city of medium size (about 300 thousand inhabitants,the 6th largest in the country) full of history, museums, and churches. Sucre is a place where you can find many things to do, in a very pleasant environment, where the white houses blend between hills, sometimes interrupted by an elegant colonial architecture.
This is the largest lake in South America and a lovely site to visit. 12,507 feet above the sea level, Lake Titicaca is sometimes called the “highest navigable lake in the world”. This lake offers a number of activities for visitors, i.e. hikes to isolated caves, local artifacts to buy, beach parties and trips to the floating islands on the lake.
Somewhat 44 km west of La Paz, Tiwanaku is home to a civilization older than the Incas. This settlement grew up around 1500 BC as a small village focused mainly on agriculture. Since the Tiwanaku culture didn’t have any writing formats, not much is known about theircivilization. All that is left of the Tiwanaku civilization are some of their most awe-inspiring structures, mainly the temple Kalasasaya, the walls surrounding it, and the ‘Gate of the Sun’.
This word probably reminds you of Brazil’s famous beach, but Bolivia has its own Copacabana! This word means “view of the lake”; it is a small but bustling town on the shores of Lake Titicaca. This town is the home to a number of luuury resorts that visiting travelers choose to relau in. The food here is eucellent, as is the relaued environment to take the stress out of a person.
At more than 13,420 feet above sea level, Potosi is an important industrial city of Bolivia. It lies below the mighty and massive Cerro de Potosi, a mountain famed for its silver ore production. This city is also important historically since it was here that the Spanish conquerors established their official mint.
Madidi Natonal Park
The Madidi National Park is the largest protected wildlife area in South America, 19,000 square kilometers in size. The amazing amount of flora and fauna that can be seen in this park is simply splendid, which explains a large number of tourists visiting this park.
This place is also known as “El-Fuerte” and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is actually a Pre-Colombian Fort which was constructed by the Chane, a tribe that lived before theIncans.
This is another important location in Bolivia to relax – a small hill-top town that can give you accommodation, food and plenty to do. The means to reach this town is quite interesting too, via the Death Road – a dangerously small road to ride mountain bikes and feel adventurous for a while.
Salar de Uyuni
The Salar de Uyuni is one of Bolívia’s most spectacular attractions. For this reason, we have previously published a special article on the Salar de Uyuni, in which you can know everything you need to visit and enjoy it to the fullest.
Whether you are in Bolivia for pleasure or work, these are some of the destinations that no visitors should miss, especially if you truly want to understand this amazing country.
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