Things to see in Bolivia

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Bolivia Attractions

High-up and remote, in many ways Bolivia feels like a time capsule, an ancient country determinedly preserving its many indigenous cultures. This, combined with the biodiversity and natural beauty, explains the enduring allure of Bolivia.

Bolivia's top tourist attractions include the serene, high-altitude loveliness of Lake Titicaca; the nearby ancient ruins of Tiwanaku, a city pre-dating the Inca Empire; the breathtaking Salar de Uyuni, the largest expanse of salt flats in the world and a truly otherworldly destination; the charming colonial town of Sucre, founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and still bursting with historic buildings; the Reserva Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, full of harsh, weird landscapes found nowhere else on Earth; the terror-inducing Yungus Road, known as the most dangerous road in the world; and the Bolivian share of the glorious Amazon jungle, best explored in the Madidi National Park, or accessed from the town of Rurrenabaque.

Travellers need to be aware that although Bolivia packs a sightseeing punch, the country can be difficult to get around and tourist infrastructure is not always of a high standard. Travel itineraries should be planned with this in mind: exploring one or two interesting regions in a leisurely fashion is generally preferable to trying to explore the whole country in a rush.


Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Covering an area of 4,680 square miles (12,121 sq km), Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flats, set at an elevation of 11,970ft (3,650m) and filled with an estimated 10 billion tons of salt. With picks and shovels the local people...  see full details



Tupiza

Tupiza

This little mining town in the Potosi department may not be an attraction in itself, but it serves as a popular base for tours to nearby San Vicente, the major draw card of this region.

San Vicente has a bit of 'Wild West'...  see full details



Capybaras

Rurrenabaque

Rurrenabaque is one of the main starting points for holidaymakers planning an eco-tour to the Amazonian pampas and jungle. This little frontier settlement, perched between the surrounding jungle and the River Beni, is the loveliest of the Bolivian lowland villages.

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Yungus Road

Yungas Road

Not an attraction for the faint of heart, the dangerous Yungas Road, which has been dubbed the 'El Camino de la Muerte' (Road of Death), stretches between La Paz and Coroico in Bolivia and is estimated to claim the lives of approximately 200...  see full details



Coroico, Bolivia

Coroico

Coroico is a popular weekend break for La Paz locals and a welcome low altitude chill-out spot for visitors. The trip from La Paz traverses the Yungas Road, which makes for a photogenic and adrenalin-charged entrance into this laid-back resort town.

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Tour operator G.A.P Adventures has for the past 14 years specialised in unique, small group, grassroots adventure travel experiences in the world's most wild places, going off the beaten track into the heart of the destination to meet the locals who call it home. G.A.P. Adventures offers several expeditions to the Bolivian Amazon and Andes.
Intrepid Travel, one of the world's leading suppliers of small group adventures, focuses on getting off the beaten track, interacting with the locals and having real life experiences throughout Bolivia.