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Top 10 Travel Destinations in Bolivia

27 Nov 2012  life in South America
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There are many famous tourist attractions in Bolivia, such as Lake Titicaca and the Yungas. However there is much more to explore on your holidays; imagine spending your days in a different world while discovering urban treasures in colonial style, booming folkloric festivals and the magic of nature in remote jungle lands. This triplist provides for suggestions what you should try to see while in Bolivia.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Uyuni, Oruro Department, Potosi, Sucre, Copacabana, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, La Paz, Madidi National Park
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Sports buffs
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Salar de Uyuni
    Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosi Department

    Biggest salt flats in the world
    12,000 kms with 5 meters thickness throughout expands itself at 3660 meter high. The islands that remain from what used to be an inland sea show petrified algae, and in the lagoons and salt beds flock flamingos. Do not forget your sunnies as the shimmering brightness of these salt plains under the Highland sun is unreal.

  • 2. Oruro Carnaval
    Oruro Department, Bolivia

    Carnival and devils dance
    The ‘Diablada’ is the famous dance show-off during the carnival of Oruro, which in 2001 has been designated by UNESCO as a world heritage masterpiece. The devils are the main characters demonstrating an ongoing pagan-catholic blend of religious practice in the region. A truly unique folkloric happening fueled with Andean customs and myths.

  • 3. Potosi
    Potosi, Potosi Department

    Mountain of silver
    The city, which in 1650 was bigger and richer than Paris is today a UNESCO world heritage site. Over 60000 tons of silver have been distracted from the ‘Cerro Rico’. Today cooperatives are distracting the remaining bits of silver under the looks of tourists. The Casa Real de la Moneda is just one of the many monuments reflecting its great past.

  • 4. Sucre
    Sucre, Chuquisaca Department

    The charming capital
    Red rooftops, white churches, narrow streets; Sucre is the colonial pearl of Bolivia. UNESCO world heritage, and surprisingly the capital of Bolivia (the only institution of importance still here is the Higher Court). Who can release itself from hitting the many student pubs, should consider visiting the Dinosaur Park Cal Orcko and the Sunday market of Tarabuco.

  • 5. Lake Titicaca
    Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, La Paz Department

    Sights and Stories
    The largest sweet water Lake of South America offers an impression of supernatural beauty, even without its photogenic straw boats, deep blue and cut out from the Cordillera. 15,000 year old traces of human life, the archeological ruins of Tiahuanaco and legends from the Inca Empire indicate a place of great ancient significance.

  • 6. Cochabamba
    Cochabamba, Cochabamba Department

    The Garden City
    From the Christ statue, 2 meters taller than the one from Rio, you will have an expansive view over the sea of houses and many green parks. The locals, commonly referred to as Cochabambinos, are more than happy to show you the ostentatious ‘Palacio de los Portales’, cave paintings and prehistoric remains in the national park Torotoro.

  • 7. Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Department

    The Boomtown
    The hot breath of the jungle nearby and the proximity of Brazil and Paraguay are ever present in the largest and most prosperous city of Bolivia. Known for its ‘Ruta del Che Guevara’ and nearby UNESCO world cultural heritage attractions: the pre-hispanic site of Samaipata and the national park Noel Kempff Mercado with its spectacular falls.

  • 8. La Paz
    La Paz, La Paz Department

    Metropolis in the sky
    A dynamic town regarded as the highest metropolis in the world. You can enjoy lounging at cafeterias under palm trees and be in the middle of all kinds of big city flair, but also opt for exploring the many attractions in the surrounding areas.

  • 9. Yungas
    Death Road, La Paz, La Paz Department

    The Warm Valley
    The rugged terrain of the Yungas on the eastern slope of the Andes is home to the world’s most dangerous road, referred to as the ‘Death Road’. There is also a network of zip lines that local farmers, known as the bird men, use to transport their harvest from peak to peak through the evergreen and cloud forests.

  • 10. Madidi National Park
    Madidi National Park, Beni Department

    Jungle Time
    From the town of Rurrenabaque you can start your eco-adventure in the Amazon River Basin, one of the planet’s most biologically diverse regions and part of one of the largest protected areas of the world. Get up and close to local indigenous tribes and amazing wildlife.