Bolivia, South America, Travel

6 Things You Must Do In Bolivia, South America

March 24, 2015

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.

6 Things You Must Do In Bolivia, South America

1) A Salt Flats Tour

6 Things You Must Do In Bolivia, South America

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!

Read: Crossing the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats & Deserts of Bolivia 

2) Get lost in La Paz

6 Things You Must Do In Bolivia, South America

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!

Read: What To Do In La Paz, Bolivia 

3) Mines of Potosí

6 Things You Must Do In Bolivia, South America

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

6 Things You Must Do In Bolivia, South America

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

6 Things You Must Do In Bolivia, South America

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

6 Things You Must Do In Bolivia, South America

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.

Read: Bike Riding Death Road in Bolivia – The World’s Most Dangerous Road 

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What would you add to this list of the things you must do in Bolivia?

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14 Comments

  • Reply Bec March 24, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    This is a great post Kelly! Bolivia is definitely high on my list of places to go to. With planning a trip to South America this is quite helpful! I pretty much want to do all of those things, except I may be a little freaked out by the biking down death road! Crazy stuff!

    • Reply Kelly Ross March 24, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      Thanks Bec! Glad this will be useful for your travel planning! I can’t wait to read about your South American adventures 🙂 Trust me, biking down Death Road is worth it! I was freaking out the whole time and it was a tad painful but it’s probably one of the coolest things I have ever done on my travels! 🙂 x

  • Reply Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite March 24, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Great list! I was fortunately able to check off all of these except for the mining bit. I hadn’t heard of this and it sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing. Such an amazing country 🙂

    http://www.adventurousappetite.com

    • Reply Kelly Ross March 24, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! That’s so great to hear! I hadn’t heard of the mining experience until I was over there and it was an activity I unexpectedly enjoyed! 🙂 x

  • Reply Alexandria March 25, 2015 at 10:06 am

    South America! I’ve never considered visiting Bolivia, but I’ve always wanted to go to Peru! The mines look really exciting! What do you think your favorite part of the trip was?

    • Reply Kelly Ross April 17, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Peru is amazing, but so is Bolivia! They were both great for different reasons 🙂 For the Bolivia part, the Red lagoon & Salt Flats was a highlight! For my South America trip as a whole, the Inca Trail was my favourite part! 🙂

  • Reply De'Jav March 26, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Great list I loved Bolivia cheap with lots to offer. Did you make it to the Amazon basin? I took the bus there on death road what an adventure.

    • Reply Kelly Ross April 17, 2015 at 11:45 am

      So cheap! No, we didn’t but next time 😉

  • Reply Leesa & Kate April 2, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Bolivia looks amazing and your photos make it look even cooler!!!

    xx Leesa & Kate

    Travel inspiration? http://www.wanderlustchronicles.com.au

    • Reply Kelly Ross April 17, 2015 at 11:48 am

      It really is pretty great! x

  • Reply Aggouni May 19, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    What are you doing in Mines Kelly , I liked the picture

  • Reply Maddy June 10, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Another amazing post which definitely is inspiring me to plan a trip to Bolivia! Love it!! 🙂

  • Reply Lauren @ a tipsy gypsy life September 2, 2015 at 2:24 am

    I saw your post about Death Road on Polkadot Passport’s site and HAD to check this out. YOU are wild! I can hardly ride a bike let alone put myself in danger like that haha. I am much more of an aquatic adventurer… Because you probably won’t get hurt. Guilty as charged.

    L

    • Reply Kelly Ross September 14, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks for checking out my blog, Lauren! Hahaha, it was definitely a struggle! See I would LOVE to be more of an aquatic adventurer – I need to take a leaf out of your book 😛 x

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