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At a glance:

  • Salt flats, the Amazon and Andes peaks
  • Arrive with an open mind and be ready to embrace a little flexibility with travel plans
  • Make sure you get local recommendations – use a South American travel agency

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Why we love Bolivia

  • The feeling of exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats by 4WD is something we’ll always remember – the remote, otherworldly feel is like nothing else
  • Strolling capital city La Paz on foot – and taking plenty of breaks because of the altitude – is a memory we always look back to
  • We love the gorgeous islands and colourful locals of Lake Titicaca, which divides Peru and Bolivia

A little rough round the edges, Bolivia offers some of the most fascinating culture and landscapes you can imagine. Like no place you’ve ever seen before, Bolivia is home to Amazonian wildlife contrasted with soaring Andean peaks and huge, otherworldly salt flats. It’s a place where having local guidance really comes in handy, and if you embrace flexibility, and accept that Bolivian time is a whole different concept in itself, you’ll have an experience like no other.

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Imagine a place so new to science that new species are being discovered even to this day. That’s Mother Nature in Bolivia in a nutshell. Remote and somewhat little-explored, it’s the home of a dozen macaw species, brilliant butterflies, huge catfish and dainty vicunas. Head to the Bolivia’s slice of the Amazon or the stark antiplano to see it for yourself.

The Salar de Uyuni, suspended amidst the Andes in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat and should not be missed. An ancient, dried-up lake that went dry, it’s a landscape of bright white salt, towering rock formations and cacti-studded islands. Curiously, little else but pink flamingoes thrive in this space-like environment.

Bolivia’s capital city will, literally, take your breath away. Tumbling down from the mountains, the altitude of La Paz is nearly 12,000 feet. Combine this with lung-busting, steep streets and it’s clear you’ll enjoy the city much more if you’re in okay shape. But don’t let this put you off exploring. Head to the witches market, taste your way round local markets and admire the cobblestone streets and contradicting architecture.

Let our experienced travel design team guide you through adding Bolivia to your itinerary – we’ve all visited the country, and we loved it!

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