Among all the Latin countries in South America, Bolivia is often forgotten and underrated. For that reason I want to share with you my Bolivia travel guide. The diversity of the landscapes and the kindness of its inhabitants made it my favourite country of the South American continent. Bolivia is rich in surprises and has many gems to offer. Here are my tips based on my experience.
Bolivia is a centre-west country of South America, sharing borders with 5 other countries. Its biodiversity is one of the richest of the continent and its extreme climate offers different landscapes. You can find high mountains (most of the cities are over 6,500 m of altitude) as well as deserts, lakes and of course the Amazonian rainforest. Besides, History lovers will enjoy loads of Inca civilization archaeological sites.
You have to keep in mind that Bolivia is a poor country. People work with their hands and except in big cities they eat what they grow. Furthermore, this country seems intact from any American influence. Indeed, it is the only Latin country without any fast food or big American chains. The indigene community is big and respected. As a matter of fact, everyone has always been so nice with me, because of this authenticity. The typical women you can see everywhere with their Chaplin hat and colourful clothes are called Cholitas. I recommended not to take a picture of their faces. According to their beliefs, the camera steals their soul. Please respect them!
You can easily travel within the country in collectivos, the name of shared taxis. You share them with other tourists or locals, on the main roads. Hence, it is not rare to share your seat with a cute baby animal! I was one day surrounded by llamas and a group of kids going to school. It was so much fun! They were so interested and fascinated by my stories.
What to do : my Bolivia travel guide
This country is so big, consequently, you can not see everything unless you spend months. In this travel guide, I will share with you some of my favourite places:
- La Paz
La Paz is the administrative capital. With almost 3 million inhabitants, it looks like an anthill. You can just walk about the city and discover its hidden gem, or take one of the four cable cars. A lot of agencies offer touristic tours. My favourite one was cycling down the Death Road. On the other hand, there are also tours to go to Madidi Park in the rainforest and watch wildlife.
- Uyuni salt desert
Probably the most amazing landscape I’ve seen in my life. You can do a 1-day tour as well as a 4 days. Pick up an agency in Uyuni and let’s go! Take warm clothes with you, sunglasses and altitude sickness pill. You will forever remember the ride through the salt desert. The sunset is my favourite memory ever. It was so beautiful. The guide/driver takes a lot of photos and bring lunch.
- Titicaca Lake
It is the biggest lake of the continent, therefore you can visit it from the Peruvian side or Bolivian. In my opinion, the latter is the most authentical. In fact, go to Copacabana and visit La Isla del Sol. I loved loosing myself on this island and it is so rich in culture. Notwithstanding, you can only reach it by boat and the trip can be rough.
In a word: go!! You will be in awe in front of the charm of this country. I’m already planning on my second visit! This guide helped me a lot to plan my trip.
What about you? Have you ever been to Bolivia? What is your experience?