The spectacular country of Bolivia has a lot to offer visitors. The first port of call for most visitors tends to be La Paz unless you opt to cross by land from Peru which will take you to Copacabana, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Either way it will be a trip unlike any other, as the rich heritage and culture are immediately apparent when you arrive in Bolivia. Whether you are heading to Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt lake or visiting the many lakes and lagoons to do a spot of bird watching, every view and landscape is photo-worthy. The cities are built at impressive and dizzying heights and there is so much to see and to do during your tour of Bolivia. Sucre, Potosi, Coroico, Uyuni, La Paz and Copacabana all provide different perspectives that make up this wonderful, vibrant and distinctive South American country. Sample the food, enjoy the surroundings, soak in the thermal waters, visit the ruins, explore the silver mines, walk the markets, tour the historic districts – all outings add up to one amazing trip to Bolivia. With tradition and history at every turn, this is a country that will continually amaze and entice.
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.
Uyuni Salt Flat
A White Paradise in the Midst of the Bolivian Altiplano
The world’s largest salt lake, Uyuni Salt Flat 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: Undoubtedly Bolivia’s most beautiful city.
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 - The Imperial Village
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.