La Paz, the Sky-high Capital of Bolivia
La Paz, at 3,650 meters above sea level, leaves many visitors breathless, owing to its altitude and its stature.
A White Paradise in the Midst of the Bolivian Altiplano
The world’s largest salt lake, Salar de Uyuni is one of the most astoundingly beautiful places in all of Bolivia – or South America. It is approximately 25 times bigger than the salt lake in Bonneville, Utah (U.S.) and holds roughly 10 billion tons of salt, with less than 25,000 tons currently extracted each year.
Sucre is situated in south-central Bolivia. At 2,808 meters above sea level (9,212 feet), nestled in a valley, and surrounded by low mountains, Sucre enjoys a very mild and exceedingly comfortable climate. Sucre, the constitutional and historical capital of Bolivia, lives up to its official name: “The Honorable and Heroic Sucre.”
Potosí, at a breathtaking 3,900 meters above sea level (12,795 feet), is located in south-eastern Bolivia, one of the country’s colder regions. Potosí, founded by the Spanish on November 21, 1561, belonged to the “Viceroyalty of Peru” until 1776. From 1776 on, it was incorporated by the Spanish crown as the “Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata.”
Coroico, just 90 km distant from La Paz, sits atop a hill in the Yungas region. Coroico is perhaps best described as a city blessed with wonderful small streams, rivers, waterfalls, and numerous medicinal coca and coffee plantations—not to mention lush, subtropical plant life.
Copacabana is the main Bolivian town on the shore of the Lake Titicaca. Copacabana sits at 3,810 meters above sea level (12,500 feet), on the bay between Mount Calvario and Mount Niño Calvario. The population is approximately 6,000.
The two main civilizations in the Titicaca region, before the Inca Empire, were the Tiahuanaco and the Aymara.