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.

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  • Bolivia is indigenous Latin America at its most typical, yet it remains unspoilt, being without the volume of visitors other countries see

Luxury Travel in Bolivia: the Detail

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.

Did you know

  • Bolivia contains 40% of all animal and birdlife in the world
  • It is one of the wettest countries in the world with an annual rainfall of more than 5000mm
  • Landlocked Bolivia is equal in size to California and Texas combined
  • Bolivian currency is called Boliviano

Top picks for Bolivia

Salt Mounds - Bolivia

Uyuni, Sucre & Potosi

Bolivia

This trip to the southern part of Bolivia combines wonderfully with a visit to the Atacama desert across the border in Chile.

Where to go

Posada del Inca

Posada del Inca

La Paz & Lake Titicaca

On Lake Titicaca’s Sun Island, Posada del Inca Eco Lodge is a converted colonial hacienda turned into a cosy lodge powered by solar energy.

Where to stay

Airstream Adventure in the Salt Flats

Airstream Adventure in the Salt Flats

Uyuni, Sucre & Potosi

There’s camping and there’s glamping, and it doesn’t get much more glamp than on a two-night Airstream caravan expedition through the 4,000 square miles of the Uyuni salt flats.

What to do

Luna Salada

Luna Salada

Uyuni, Sucre & Potosi

Constructed almost entirely out of salt blocks, Luna Salada is a pretty unique boutique hotel in an equally superb location.

Where to stay

The Choro Trail

The Choro Trail

La Paz & Lake Titicaca

Follow in the footsteps of the Incas as you trek down a beautifully preserved stone path, which takes you from the barren Bolivian Andes down into the subtropical foliage of the Yungas.

What to do

Bolivian Woman Walking along the Clifftop - Lake Titicaca

La Paz & Lake Titicaca

Bolivia

Bolivia's cultural capital and beautiful Lake Titicaca combine well with an itinerary in Peru.

Where to go

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