Bolivia is an impressive landlocked country in South America with an incredibly diverse landscape and intriguing culture. Often overshadowed by its neighbouring countries, Bolivia is a must visit country for all travellers in South America. It may be a little rough around the edges but it makes up for this in plenty of other areas. Home to the highest capital city in the world, the largest high-altitude lake in the world and the largest salt flats in the world – there is no excuse not to stop in this country on your travels around South America.
I’ve compiled a list of the top things you must do in Bolivia, based on my experiences.
1) A Salt Flats Tour
Many salt flat tours are based out of the town Uyuni. The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world, with endless miles of salt covering the Earths surface for as far as the eye can see. Depending on the time of year – you may be able to view the mesmerising reflective surfaces or you will be able to capture the token perspective shot. Many tourists claim that Salar de Uyuni is the best attraction in all of South America!
2) Get lost in La Paz
La Paz is the defacto capital of Bolivia and it sits high up in the clouds at 3600m above sea level. There are plenty of places to explore in and around the city of La Paz. From winding through the steep Colonial alleyways, finding an interesting find at the Witches Market or exploring the luna landscape of the Moon Valley – you’ll always find something to do and see!
3) Mines of Potosí
Take a guided tour into the lives of the local miners of Potosí. Although it’s a very unusual activity to take part in; it’s definitely a very interesting tour and a somewhat challenging activity if you’re a little claustrophobic. You’ll spend the morning at the local miners market before getting dressed up in mining attire & safety equipment and entering the “rich mountain” Cerro Rico. For the less adventurous, visit the Potosí Mint museum and the local markets.
4) Visit Lake Titicaca
The world’s largest high-altitude lake is found on the borders of Peru and Bolivia. Spend some time sailing through the waters of Lake Titicaca and exploring the floating island communities. If you’re feeling daring, try your luck at jumping into the freezing waters of the lake – just one to tick off the bucket list.
5) Discover history in Sucre
As the first place in South America to gain independence from the Spanish Empire, the city of Sucre is the capital and historical hub of Bolivia. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is labelled as the most beautiful city of Bolivia, with its narrow streets lined with lovely white colonial buildings and delicious food stalls.
6) Bike down the Death Road
No list would be complete without mentioning the Death Road. For the adventure seeking traveller, this 54km bike ride along North Yungus Road is definitely for you. The mountain bike ride runs from La Paz to the Amazon Rainforest and is one of the most popular attractions in Bolivia to date.
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What would you add to this list of the things you must do in Bolivia?