Bolivia provides several budget-friendly options for those set out to explore something new and mostly unseen. The small, landlocked country, surrounded by some of the top tourist destinations in South America, like Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, is often overlooked by travellers. From the high peaks of the Andes, tangled and dense jungles of the Amazon, to the vast salt flats, Bolivia has a little bit of everything.
While the official capital of Bolivia is Sucre, La Paz is the administrative capital. The city sits in a bowl surrounded by the high mountain peaks, with triple-peaked Illimani (6438 m / 21 122 ft) towering over. With elevation of 3,640 m / 11,942 ft, La Paz is a convenient gateway to the Altiplano (Bolivian Plateau) with its lunar landscapes and endemic fauna. The city boasts many of the country’s top museums and galleries, like the National Museum of Art. You can revisit the colonial past at Calle Jaen or practice your bargaining skills at El Alto Market. If you're looking for extraordinary attractions, you should wander around the famous Witches’ Market on Calle Linares, filled with all sorts of potions, lotions, and strange talismans.
If you fly to El Alto airport, you will enjoy gorgeous views as the bustling city in a crater comes to life when the plane approaches the runway. The city’s new urban cable car system Mi Teleférico, the longest and highest in the world, is also a great way to enjoy the views.
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How to get there:
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Where to stay:
In Uyuni, we encourage you to stay at 3* Hotel de Sal Casa Andina with excellent reviews. All rooms are built with salt blocks and feature details of Andean décor. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom, a seating area, a dining table, flat-screen TV with cable channels and heating. Bed linen and towels are included. Set in Uyuni’s city centre, this 3-star hotel offers accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking on site. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and room service is available. The hotel also offers bike hire.
In La Paz you could stay at La Colina B&B with a good price and very good reviews. Only a 5-minute drive from El Calacoto district, La Colina Bed & Breakfast offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and a buffet breakfast each day. The Moon Valley is 5 km away and Camino del Inca is within walking distance. This B&B is 400 m lower in altitude than the city center, with a warmer and more enjoyable climate. Fully carpeted, rooms at La Colina feature DVD players and cable TV. They have large windows covered with floor-to-ceiling curtains. Guests can unwind in the garden or the terrace, or read a book in the lounge by the fireplace.
What to do:
Bolivia is a great option for every adventure seeker. It offers fun-filled festivals, like Oruro Carnaval. In La Paz you can go to the Cholita wrestling match at the Ceja de El Alto, featuring Bolivian women battling it out in traditional petticoats and braids.
Take a trip into the Amazon jungle to see wildlife galore, go jaguar watching at Kaa Iya National Park or sandboarding in Lomas de Arena. The best way to experience the national parks is through one of the many ecological and cultural tours providing an authentic and safe jungle experience. In the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park you can go birdwatching in the pristine rainforest, climb the red cliffs of Huanchaca Plateau or take a canoe trip along the Paraguá River.
Hike along the shore of Lake Titicaca , go kayaking, paddle-boating or take a boat trip to one of the islands in the middle of the lake. Take a dip in the hot thermal springs of Aguas Calientes.
Go to Cal Orcko – the largest site of dinosaur footprints ever found, located a 20-minute ride from the colonial city of Sucre.
Enjoy the drastic landscape of the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), situated about 10 km (6.2 mi) from La Paz in the small town of Mallasa. There are walking trails and tours through the valley. You can also explore the Valle de las Animas (Valley of the Souls) with its needle-like rock formations.
Visit Laguna Colorada, a fiery red lake with thousands of pink flamingos, or go to Laguna Verde, a blue-green salt lake found at the foot of the volcano Licancabur.
Visit Santa Cruz, located in the tropical region of the country. The most prosperous city in the entire country is home to Bolivia’s best nightlife and international cuisine.
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