Bolivia Tours & Holidays
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As one of South America's best-kept secrets, Bolivia boasts such a broad array of attractions that travellers intrepid enough to reach this remote land are treated to a wealth of history, culture and mind-blowing landscapes. From the wild, dream-like spaces of the Altiplano, to the chaotic streets of its capital city, La Paz, (surrounded by not one, but four snow-capped mountain ranges), the Bolivian terrain spans everything from grassy plains and steamy jungles, to some of the most remote and ...
As one of South America's best-kept secrets, Bolivia boasts such a broad array of attractions that travellers intrepid enough to reach this remote land are treated to a wealth of history, culture and mind-blowing landscapes. From the wild, dream-like spaces of the Altiplano, to the chaotic streets of its capital city, La Paz, (surrounded by not one, but four snow-capped mountain ranges), the Bolivian terrain spans everything from grassy plains and steamy jungles, to some of the most remote and inhospitable landscapes on earth.
Few settings on earth can rival the splendour of the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, where surreal, cactus encrusted islands rise out of a sea of salt. Then there are the sparkling blue waters of Lake Titicaca, dotted with beautiful islands and indigenous settlements, or the colonial cities of Sucre and Potosi, whose silver mines and faded grandeur offer a fascinating insight into the decadent days of the Spanish crown. Amongst the colourful markets of Tarabuco and La Paz you can find everything from gaily dressed locals and crafted tapestries, to the dried llamas foetuses and wandering witch doctors of the capital’s bizarre witches market. A magical destination, wherever you go, Bolivia will leave you breathless...and not just because of the altitude.
Start your journey
Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.
Chile, Bolivia and Peru: Deserts, Lakes and CanyonsA truly remarkable trip for those wanting to dig deeper and spend longer exploring some of the most fascinating natural delights of South America and the Andes, making extraordinary border crossings at Lake Titicaca and the Atacama Desert and Uyuni Salt Flats
HIGHLIGHTS OF BOLIVIA
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY
Drive over salt flats at sunriseDepart early to travel across the vast salt flats at sunrise then hike on the Tunupa Volcano for a breathtaking view of the surrounding land and mountains as the ground takes on the properties of a mirror.
Stay on Isla del Sol (Sun Island)From Copacabana on the edge of Lake Titicaca, a hydrofoil brings you to the sacred Isla del Sol where you can walk to your simple lodging for the night. On the island you can hike to pre-Inca and Inca ruins surrounded by views of the Andean Real range.
Trek through craggy Palca CanyonEnjoy a full day hike in the Palca Canyon where beautiful rock formations, bandland peaks and caverns can be reached on a day trip from La Paz. These impressive Andean landscapes contrast oases with dry canyons and a warmer climate than La Paz.
Ride La Paz’s cable car systemsThe best way for locals to get around the mountainous and sprawling city of La Paz also offers an ideal view for visitors of this massive Andean city. With an expert local guide, you ride various lines of this airborne metro and take in key sites
Descend into a silver mineThe visit to Cerro Rico mine starts at a mining market to see the tools of the trade. Then explore the galleries and chamber of the mines underneath the mountain and witness the difficult working conditions of these brave miners.
Explore surreal natureVisit the Geysers of Sol de Mañana, the hot springs of Polques and the Laguna Verde in the southern Bolivia. The Licancabur Volcano stands guard over the shimmering emerald-green Laguna Verde which changes colors with the movement of the sun.
Take a cooking classBolivia is an underrated gastronomic destination with distinct flavours and numerous local dishes that can only be found here. An interactive cooking class provides first-hand knowledge of recipes with local ingredients and their significance to Bolivians.
Explore colonial PotosiA declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, Potosi has a rich history and a wealth of colonial architecture. The main sites can be visited during a half-day tour around the old town, the main square and its early-1800s cathedral, churches and convent.
TOP PLACES TO VISIT
WHEN TO GO
Bolivia has two distinct seasons: summer (November to April) is the rainy season, so it is best to visit during the winter months (May to October) when the roads are in better condition and the climate more comfortable. That said you will experience every kind of climate in Bolivia at any time of year (often in one day!) with temperatures soaring and dropping with the sun and altitude.
Health and Vaccinations
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Bolivia though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of Bolivia. Please note we are not medical professionals and so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.
In Bolivia the official unit of currency is the Boliviano. This is a closed currency and can only be exchanged in country. To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.
On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.
Bolivia is a Catholic country and unlike its hedonistic neighbour Brazil, visitors are expected to behave accordingly. Although South Americans are very relaxed in comparison to people in other parts of the world, some places (especially up in the Andes) are very traditional and conservative, and your dress/behaviour should respect this. Public displays of affection are considered inappropriate.
Language & Religion
With Spanish as its official language, Bolivia has lots of other strings to her language bow. The largest minority language is Quechua followed by Aymara, both linked to the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with another 34 minority languages within the country. The large majority of Bolivians are Roman Catholic, although over the last few decades there has been an increase in the traditional ethnic Inca Religion. Within the Inca’s Empire there were a number of polytheistic religions, practiced by a variety of different people.
Bolivia is 4 hours behind GMT. A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.
Food and drink
Bolivian cuisine has a great variety of dishes mainly meat, fish and poultry blended with herbs and spices. The diet also consists of fresh fruit and vegetables. Lunch in Bolivia is the main meal, often comprising of soup and a main dish. Bolivian food is not always spicy but occasionally is accompanied by sauce ‘la llajwa’, which is made of tomatoes and locoto (hot chillies).