The South American country is slowly becoming one of the top destinations to visit in the Americas. The diverse terrain of Bolivia consists of Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert and the Amazon Basin rainforest, the largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni, pristine lakes, mountains, beaches and whatnot. With a rich culture and spectacular natural scenery, Bolivia also hosts festivals such as the Oruro Carnival. So, without further ado here are the, 10 Amazing Places To Visit In Bolivia you should at least visit once.
1. Salar de Uyuni & Isla Incahuasi:
Salar de Uyuni is a once in a lifetime experience that you can’t miss out on. The world’s largest salt flat is a result of a prehistoric lake that went dry. The bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands have become a paradise, especially for photographers. It is a breeding area for flamingos and 80 other species of birds. The Isla Incahuasi is an island situated in the middle of Salar de Uyuni. The hilly and rocky outcrop of land with giant cacti features is a great place to observe the surroundings. Apart from the town of Uyuni, visit or stay in a salt hotel, the Train Cemetery, Laguna Colorado, Laguna Hedionda, the Rock Tree, Sol de la Manama Geiser, the Salvador Dalí Desert are some its top attractions.
2. La Paz & Chacaltaya ski resort & Valle de la Luna:
The highest administrative capital in the world, La Paz is one of the best cities to visit in Bolivia. Sitting on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau, it has the snow-capped Mt. Illimani as its backdrop. The Mi Teleférico is a popular way to view the city from above. The Mirador Killi Killi, Ethnography Museum and the Museum of Musical Instruments are few of its top attractions. The Chacaltaya ski resort was the highest ski resort in the world. But because of climate change, now only the ruins remain. It’s a great reminder for us of which way our world is heading. The Valle de la Luna is located near La Paz. The tall spires of this area are fascinating to see. The unique rock formations were created by the erosion of mountains.
Situated in the southern highlands of Bolivia, Sucre is known for its establishments showing the city’s past. The city has a small-town vibe with colonial architecture, pretty parks and plazas and museums and much more. Freedom House, Templo de San Felipe Neri, Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, Treasure Museum, Casa de la Libertad, Plaza 25 de Mayo and Museo Universitario Charcas USFXCH are some of its top attractions.
4. Copacabana & Lake Titicaca:
One of South America’s largest and the world’s highest lake, Lake Titicaca sits in the Andes Mountains. Apart from its beauty, the lake also holds a historical and cultural significance as it the birthplace of the Incas. With its brightly reflective water, the lake also has 41 islands. The Isla del Sol is a must-visit. The beautiful town of Copacabana is located on Lake Titicaca. The town is best known for religious festivals, red-roof houses and for being a base for exploring the nearby islands such as Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna. Catedral de la Virgen de la Candelaria and the Virgen de la Candelaria sculpture are two of its top attractions.
5. The Death Road/North Yungas Road & Coroico:
Popularly known as the Death Road, the North Yungas Road in Bolivia links the city of La Paz and the Yungas region. The road is currently reserved exclusively for cycling activities. If you love adventures and taking risks then this is the perfect place for you. The beautiful town of Coroico in the Yungas valley can be found near around the Yungas Road. Spending a night in the town before heading for the lowlands is a popular thing to do.
6. Madidi National Park:
Located in the upper Amazon river basin, the Madidi National Park is part of one of the largest protected areas in the world. The park is home to many species and is known for being home to among the largest number of bird species. Its ecological diversity & scenery makes it one of the best places to visit in the country.
7. Sajama National Park & Oruro:
Oruro is best known for hosting the Oruro Carnival. The colourful festival is held in February. The Sajama National Park is located in Oruro. Featuring impressive landscapes, beautiful lakes, mountains and much more, it is one of the best places to visit in Bolivia. San Pedro de Atacama, the Altiplano Potosí and the other natural gems are a must-visit. The park is also home to the Aymara people who have a rich culture which can be seen across the park.
8. Torotoro & Torotoro National Park:
The town of Toro Toro made headlines for record-breaking paleontological discoveries. You will find remains of pre-historic creatures and footprints in the Torotoro National Park. It is one of Bolivia’s most magical national parks and a must-visit.
9. Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, Sur Lípez:
Bolivia’s most visited protected area, the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve in Sur Lípez is one of the most spectacular places in the country. Its colourful lagoons, rock formations, volcanoes and everything else looks like out of a painting. Laguna Colorada is one of the most wonderful things you will see in the park.
10. Laguna Verde:
Located within the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, Laguna Verde deserves a special mention. Sitting at the foot of the Licancabur and Juriques volcano, the lake has a stunning bright green colour. The colour comes from a mineral content and with the backdrop of volcanoes & mountains, it looks even more magical. Nearby, Laguna Blanca is white in colour and another must-visit.