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Bolivia Holidays: an Overview

Landlocked Andean Bolivia is rich in ancient culture, music and folklore and perhaps because of the country's relative lack of sophistication and infrastructure, is far less visited than its neighbours. While you won't find luxurious hotels or restaurants here, what you will find in abundance is indigenous culture, dramatic landscapes, and welcoming and friendly people. The colourful Bolivian people, mostly Aymara and Quechua Indians, continue to follow ways of life little changed in hundreds of years.

Of particular interest is the indigenous culture in the Altiplano and round Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, which, visited from Bolivia, allows the chance to meet the Uros Indians on their floating islands.

At El Alto, the Altiplano drops dramatically 400m into a rocky canyon and to the city of La Paz. In the shadow of Mount Illimani, it is a city of cobbled streets and markets selling anything and everything.

In the remote south-west corner of Bolivia are salt lakes and high altitude deserts. El Salar de Uyuni is the largest and highest salt lake in the world. The Laguna Colorada attracts flamingos whose pink hues contrast with a shoreline of brilliant white salt and deposits of gypsum. The dark green waters of Laguna Verde, in the shadow of the Licancabur volcano are yet another contrast in this surreal landscape, reminiscent of Dali.

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A Note on Price

Bolivia is all about the experience - but despite the lack of flashy hotels and fine dining, it is isn't as cheap as you might think. Most people visit Bolivia alongside Peru or Chile, as flights from Europe into Bolivia aren't very regular. A two week trip combining Bolivia with one of its neighbouring countries would start from approximately £4000 per person.

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