Breathtaking deserts, colorful lakes and alpacas running around, Bolivia will give you a fair share of pinch me I’m dreaming kind of moments. Its seemingly endless dirtroads and wildness left a mark on my heart and will without a doubt win yours too. If you’re planning a trip to South America, here are 10 places you must visit in Bolivia!
Uyuni Salt Flats
A traveler’s favorite, I don’t think Uyuni needs an introduction anymore. The first time I heard about it was in the French version of the Amazing Race, called Pékin Express. The salty desert looked like something from another planet and quickly became one of the places at the top of my bucket list. Let me tell you that when I made my way there, it did not disappoint. Stretching beyond the horizon, I’d say this is the number one place to visit in Bolivia. Cacti lovers, don’t miss out on Isla del Pescado!
Also located in the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, Laguna Colorada is one of the nine saline lakes in the Andean Altiplano that you will have the chance to visit during the Uyuni tour. The altitude (4278 meters above sea level!) would have you think your brain is playing tricks on you but no, those are flamingos you see feeding in the red water… Can it get any more beautiful?
Yes, it can! Ah, Laguna Hedionda… I forever have a crush on you. I don’t know if it’s the surrounding snow-covered mountains, the vibrant blue water, the flamingos or a combination of all of the above but Laguna Hedionda is one of the most magical places I have ever visited. To this day, my eyes still light up at the memory of this place. You’ll get why!
This beautiful colonial city is the constitutional capital of Bolivia and the birthplace of the country as we know it. The charming colonial houses painted white earned the city the nickname of White City. Beyond visiting the local markets and wandering down its winding streets, head to Casa de la Libertad to see where the Independence Act was signed and go up La Recoleta Monastery for a panoramic view over the city’s roofs.
Sitting at 4070 meters above sea level, Potosi is one of the highest cities in the world. The town is known for its natural silver ressources, extracted from neighboring Potosi mountain. During colonial times, Potosi actually provided most of the silver for the Spanish Empire. Today, you can visit the silver mines and get an idea of the very hard conditions miners used to work in.
No, I’m not talking about the famous Brazilian beach but about the Bolivian town on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca. Popular among local families on the weekends, the fishing village is a great starting point to book day trips on the lake. Be aware of national holidays when you visit as hotels really book up quickly!
Isla del Sol
Time seems to have stopped on Isla del Sol. As soon as you get off the boat, you’re hit by a feeling of peaceful serenity. There are no vehicles nor roads on the island, leaving you to explore it on foot. Located in Lake Titicaca, Isla del Sol is one of the most picturesque destinations in Bolivia and one you cannot miss. Follow the Willa Thaki trail to circle around the island and take in the views. You can visit it on a day trip from Copacabana but I would recommend spending at least one night on the island.
The Death Road
Technically, biking down the death road (a.k.a. the Yungas Road) isn’t a place but an experience. However, starting off high in the Bolivian Andes and ending in a more tropical area, you will witness stunning landscapes on the way! The Death Road is narrow at times and its curves surely were dangerous to manage by car but don’t be afraid, I’d say it’s pretty safe by bike as long as you take your precautions and ride responsibly.
The Death Road ends near Coroico, a tranquil small town in the province of Nor Yungas. Surrounded by mountains and forests, its tropical and peaceful ambiance makes it the perfect place to wind down after the ride and recharge your batteries before hitting the road again.
How to visit Bolivia without visiting its capital, La Paz. From riding its cable car to visiting its famous witches market, it is an interesting place that combines modernity and tradition. A must visit during your journey!
There you have it! Those are the 10 places you must visit in Bolivia. Let me know which ones call your attention the most. My favorite place was Sud Lipez in general but I thoroughly enjoyed my whole trip in Bolivia. If you have any more questions about visiting the country, write them down in the comments below and I’ll be happy to help!
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