Holidays to Bolivia

Landlocked Bolivia borders Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile and Argentina, placing it at the heart of South America. It’s a country of topographical extremes, with the dramatic Andes persisting down the western side of the country and the steamy Amazon Rainforest permeating its way in from the north. The expansive landscape is mostly undisturbed, but that’s not to say a holiday to Bolivia is only about adventure in the great outdoors - the scenery is occasionally punctuated with fascinating colonial towns and the busy commercial centres of La Paz and Santa Cruz.

The mesmerising Salar de Uyurni salt flats in the southwest are undoubtedly one of the headliners of Bolivia. It’s a surreal place –pancake-flat expanses of cracked salt tiles that go on and on and on for miles, their blinding whiteness juxtaposing the cerulean sky. And at the centre is Isla Incahuasi, an intriguing rocky outpost covered in cacti. For contrast, head to the wetlands in the northeast where you can spot playful pink dolphins on a river cruise. Settlements of wooden houses on stilts line the riverbanks and you’ll spot weird and wonderful creatures and savour the remoteness of this pocket of Bolivia. Zigzag back west and visit the mystical and serene Lake Titicaca that extends across the border from Peru. On the Bolivian side, the Sun and Moon islands are found, steeped in mythology and home to Inca settlements. There’s an abundance of hiking opportunities and sandy beaches for sunny downtime in the warm climate here.

The city of La Paz is set high in the Andes, a lofty 3,640 metres above sea level, with opportunities for paragliding and adrenaline-charged adventures. La Paz is also the de facto capital and is where you’ll come to stroll around streets, absorb the culture and visit eye-opening places like the Witches’ Market where powders and potions are bought according to ancient Andean beliefs. La Paz has an emerging foodie scene that’s worth sticking around for – cheap and delicious street stalls are found everywhere but there’s an up and coming restaurant scene too. Home-grown spirits from Amazonian and Andean botanicals are served in the city’s bars. Coffee is big business too, and you’ll happen upon little cafes that roast and blend their own coffee from beans bought from small, local growers.

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Key Info

  • Capital City: La Paz

  • Language: Spanish

  • Currency: Boliviano

  • Time Difference: GMT -4 Hours

  • Flight Time: 13 Hours

Map of Bolivia

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