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Bolivia

Quick Overview

Who is this Trip For?

With Diverse and Visually Stunning Landscapes like the Uyuni Salt Flats, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Andes Mountains, Bolivia is an incredible country, with a rich heritage, friendly people, and many adventures waiting to happen!

Perfect for adventurous travelers interested in culture, history, and natural beauty. The best time to visit is in the Dry Season (May to October), and we suggest at least 10 Days, but you could also spend much longer!

Suggested Activities

The world-famous and Largest Salt Flat is a truly mind-boggling destination.

A MUST-SEE when in Bolivia, this 10,000km square salt flat has such an incredible landscape.

Take a guided tour to see the beauty up close, and even try creating some of your own photos that make crazy optical illusions with the mirror-like reflections!

This is an experience like no other, unforgettable!

The highest Capital City in the world, La Paz has diverse streets with street art and historic buildings, bustling markets where you can try many different kinds of local foods, and a fascinating blend of indigenous, colonial, and modern culture!

This breathtakingly stunning lake is the highest navicable lake in the World. Taking a tour and visiting the Uros people, who’s homes are made out of reeds, is a unique cultural experience.

Tiwanaku was once one of the largest Cities in South America, and today its Ancient Ruins are a popular attraction to see the impressive stone architecture and learn about the history!

The Amazon is one of the most unique and vital ecosystems on the Planet. 

Going on a guided tour, either along the Pampas (wetland savannah on the edge of the rainforest) where you will see the most animals,

OR fully into the Jungle where you will experience an environment like no other!

The best town from where to start these trips is Rurrenabaque, and there are multiple tour operators available.

TOP TIP:

The Jungle tours in Bolivia are significantly more affordable than Brazil, but make sure to ask around so you get a tour guide who is Knowledgable!

 

Another iconic adventure to have in Bolivia, here you can hike, bike, horse ride, and see the diverse landscapes and wildlife!

Top Tips

If you want to ensure that you have an amazing adventure, consider hiring a local guide, as they will know how best to plan the activities, as well as being knowledgable about the wildlife, local customs, and the history!

As you can tell, much of what you will do in Bolivia is high-altitude. 

This can be difficult for people who are not prepared, so pack warm clothing and make appropriate health preparations.

Be open to taking your time and being flexible, as Bolivia is a country that is full of surprises, and hidden gems waiting to be discovered!

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Always have local currency in Cash on Hand, as Credit Cards are not as widely accepted.

Make it Unique

If you want to see the stunning Uyuni Salt Flats from a totally unique perspective, go on a hot air balloon ride over them!

The Mercado Rodriguez is a bustling and fascinating street market in the town of Cochabamba (which is actually known for its amazing street markets), where you can buy anything: from delicious street food to shoes or decoration for your home!

If you haven’t satisfied your “I WANT TO HAVE MY MIND BLOWN” bone… with the Salt Flats, Amazon Rainforest, or Andes Mountains, then you might love to head to the beautiful hot springs at almost 5000 Metres altitude at the Geyser Sol de la Mañana!

Google Maps Link (Click Here).

How to get There?

Flying: There are several international Airports. The Capital City in La Paz: El Alto International Airport (LPB), but the largest International Airport is at Santa Cruz: Viru Viru International Airport (VVI).

Other: You can take a Bus from all five neighboring countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Peru.

How to get Around?

In the Cities, public transportation (buses, taxis, cable cars) or walking are the best ways.

Traveling between cities is possible with buses and minivans.

In rural areas, potentially hiring a car or a local guide will be your best bet.

How to get There?

Flying: There are several international Airports. The Capital City in La Paz: El Alto International Airport (LPB), but the largest International Airport is at Santa Cruz: Viru Viru International Airport (VVI).

Other: You can take a Bus from all five neighboring countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Peru.

How to get Around?

In the Cities, public transportation (buses, taxis, cable cars) or walking are the best ways.

Traveling between cities is possible with buses and minivans.

In rural areas, potentially hiring a car or a local guide will be your best bet.

Safety Concerns

Bolivia is Generally Safe for tourists.

However, take necessary precautions, especially in rural areas, where you should follow local advice about safety.

Also, beware of Political Demonstrations and Roadblocks, which occur from time to time. Avoid large crowds or gatherings.

With a little extra caution and preparation, you can make your Trip enjoyable and safe!

Where to Stay?

For Budget accommodation, the cities like La Paz or Cochabamba have the most options. In general:

  • Hostels: There are many great options for affordable hostels, either with shared or private rooms. Hostelworld is a great resource to find and book beds. This is the best value option and ideal for solo travelers.
  • There are many great Airbnb offerings, and this option may be the best value for families or groups.
  • Hotels are a good option for families, or people mainly looking to have the most hassle-free trip.