Enshrouded in mystery, Bolivia is a unique travel destination in South America that is often overlooked. It's popular neighbors such as Peru, Argentina, and Chile often overshadow this fascinating country. For the more adventurous traveler who's looking for a bit more off the beaten opportunities, Bolivia serves as an amazing place to visit.
Even if you've decided that you wish to pursue a Bolivian adventure, deciding where to go in this high elevation country isn't always easy. We sat down with our Latin America expert James to hand-pick some of his favorite and the most remarkable experiences of where to travel in Bolivia.
The Chalalan Lodge in the Amazon
This incredible eco-lodge was an initiative of a group of visionary villagers from the rainforest community of San José de Uchupiamonas. The aim was to provide employment opportunities in nature-based tourism as an alternative to logging. The conservation zone lies in one of the richest biodiverse areas on the planet, within Madidi National Park in Bolivia’s upper Amazon river basin. Stay here for astonishing natural surroundings: waking up to birdsong from one of the 1000 tropical species flittering around; head off on hikes with over 25 km of trails to choose from, winding with medicinal, fruit and exotic plants as well as heaving with wildlife, like capybaras, monkeys, tapirs and alligators, or go canoeing and swimming on Chalalán Lake. When thinking of where to travel in Bolvia, consider at the stay Chalalan Lodge!
Visit the Pantanal
Not enough of a wildlife fix in the Amazon? The Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetlands area and encompasses portions of Brazil and Paraguay as well as Bolivia. The name comes from the Portuguese word pântano, meaning wetland, bog, swamp, quagmire or marsh, and should give a good idea of the terrain: swamped in rivers, lagoons, aquatic plants and a thriving and diverse, if soggy, ecosystem. Home to 1000 bird species, 400 fish species, 300 mammals, 480 reptiles and over 9000 invertebrates, from iguanas to anaconda, the rarest animals to spot include marsh deer, tapir, bush dogs and giant river otters. It is also home to one of the largest jaguar populations on the planet.
High Altitude Trekking from La Paz
Not for the faint-hearted, or the faint-lunged, acclimatising is necessary before trekking these remote mountains like the Apolobamba trail. But for those willing to put in the effort, the views are worth it; beautiful wilderness of valleys full of gold and snow-capped mountain peaks. The trek passes by old mines, indicative of the region’s long history of gold mining, dating back to the Incas before the industry was seized by the Spanish. For the adventurous this is where to travel in Bolivia for a very unique experience.
Hiking Near Cochabamba
With a Lake District feel, Cochabamba and its surroundings are known as The Garden City or City of Eternal Spring, referring to its spring-like temperatures all year round. At Toro Toro National Park, which comes from Quechan “thuru thuru pampa” meaning extensive plain of mud, delight in the waterfall at Vergel, a subterranean spring pouring into a cool cavern; explore canyons and caves full of incredibly shaped stalactites and stalagmites at Itas and Umajalanta caverns and even track dinosaur trails and fossils.
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