Bolivia

Bolivia Travel information

Sometimes referred to as the Tibet of South America, Bolivia is one of the most “remote” countries in the Western Hemisphere; except for the navigable Paraguay River stretching to the distant Atlantic, Bolivia and Paraguay are the only two landlocked nations in the Americas. It is also the most indigenous country in the Americas, with 60% of its population being of pure Native American ancestry.

*La Paz — The administrative capital and seat of the government. Gateway to the highest climbable mountains in Bolivia, *Lake Titicaca and the Death Road (El Camino de Muerte). Quime (map) — Raunchy and friendly but sleepy mountain village surrounded by high mountains of the Cordillera Quimsa Cruz, with mines, waterfalls, native cloud forest and 31 Aimara indigenous communities. *Potosí — A high-altitude mining town, once one of the wealthiest cities in the world due to its silver mines. Popular for its mining tours.

*Sucre | *Santa Cruz de la Sierra
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Bolivia is an excellent place for hiking and trekking, both in the mountains, altiplanicas and the lush jungles, providing many interesting trails. However, due to the often remote nature of these trails, it is important that you are well prepared and have a proper and reliable map with you.

Bolivia has UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the eastern department of *Santa Cruz there are the *Noel Kempff Mercado National Park (map), the Inca site *El Fuerte in Samaipata (map) and the *Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos (map). Near the capital there is Tiwanaku (map), an archeological site with the remains of an pre-Incan city. Finally there are *Sucre and *Potosí, two cities founded by the Spanish in the 16th century.

Furthermore Bolivia has the world’s largest salt flat *Salar de Uyuni (map), a portion of Lake Titicaca with Isla del Sol (map) and being located in the middle of the Andes — mountain peaks higher than 6,000m.

Bolivia is a great trekking and hiking destination is often neglegted when pointing out the attractions of this country, but indeed there are numerous 1-12 day trails all over the country, many do not require a guide, while others are challenging mountain climbs. *Sajama National Park (map) It features the highest Bolivian mountain, mountain climbing, high altitude trekking, geysers and hot-pools, soundless plains, as well as numerous animal species, like viscachas, llamas, alpacas.

*Sorata (map) – While often Quime is emphasised for authentic and laid-back village life, it might be a little too sleepy too be interesting to the sophisticated traveller. While the mine in Quime is definitely worth a visit while being there, Sorata provides a much more interesting experience with numerous 1-12 day treks (between villages, lagoons or high into the snowy mountains), many able to be done without a guide.

*Torotoro National Park (map) – Even though not that untouristy as claimed above, many people do not know about this destination. It is a remote mountain village with a large cave nearby that can be climbed into and many dinosaur footprints in the surrounding rock formations.

Outside of large cities, hostel prices are considerably cheaper when walking-in than online.

It is fun and useful to travel together with others >> Bolivia – Paraguay – Uruguay -Backpacker Traveler

The main airports are in La Paz to the western side of the country and in Santa Cruz to the east (info >> www.sabsa.aero).

Bus transportation in Bolivia is a nice cheap way to get to see the beautiful scenery while traveling to your destination. Unfortunately the buses often travel solely at night. Buses generally do not need to be booked ahead, especially for common distances served by many companies.

If you need to buy a ticket in advance, a good website is >> Tickets Bolivia.

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