Encompassing towering mountain peaks, surreal salt flats, dense rainforests, wildlife-rich grasslands, Inca ruins, nine UNESCO Heritage-listed sites and Biosphere Reserves, and not least, the legendary Lake Titicaca, Bolivia is a land of contrasts.
Built in a canyon and surrounded by the high mountains of the altiplano sits Bolivia’s capital, La Paz. This fascinating city is the highest in the world and is filled with impressive colonial buildings, steep cobbled streets, bewitching markets and captivating sites. On the southern shore of Lake Titicaca lies the enchanting and colourful town of Copacabana. For centuries it was the site of religious pilgrimages and to this day many pilgrims flock to the annual fiestas. Enjoy scenic walks along the lake and beyond or visit the nearby islands of Isla del Sol or Isla de la Luna. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s highest salt flat, sitting at over 3,600m above sea level and covering an area of some 12,000 sq km at the crest of the Andes. This vast salt desert was created when a prehistoric lake dried up leaving interesting islands like Isla del Pescado (Fish Island) or Incahuasi rising out of its salty crusty. Salar de Uyuni simply has to be one of South America’s most awe-inspiring landscapes.
Why we like it
- La Paz - the world's highest city
- 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Vast, prehistoric salt flats
- Lake Titicaca & floating islands
- Intriguing witches markets