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.
Take warm clothes as night temperatures in the highlands can be very cold.