The fifth-largest country in South America, Bolivia is land-locked and bordered by Brazil, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Paraguay. Two ranges of the Andes, as well as the Amazon basin, split Bolivia, creating a uniquely diverse mix of cultural, scenic and natural wonders. But it is the stark contrasts in climates and experiences – from legendary sunsets on the shores of Lake Titicaca to the modern and hip tropical vibe of Santa Cruz to the expansive salt flats near La Paz. Bolivia magically weaves heritage, architecture, culture and natural wonders into an experience that relatively few tourists experience even today.
It's true: a picture is worth a thousand words. Journeys' Adventure Specialist Lené (holding a salt block in this photo) recently returned from our first Undiscovered Bolivia trip, and the photos speak volumes about the culture, scenery, people and places she saw along the way. Take a look, and get lost in the story of beloved Bolivia.
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So, you've decided to travel to Bolivia; how exciting! This land-locked South American country is the perfect destination for anybody who likes adventure without the crowds. But before you pack your bags and board your plane, here are some must-read suggestions to help ensure smooth travels.
The question isn't what to do in Bolivia; it's what NOT to do. From the Amazon fringe at Santa Cruz, you can travel over the Andes, traverse salt flats, weave through active volcanoes and explore Lake Titicaca. There is an evident authenticity to accommodations and the handicrafts you acquire in the Indian markets. And with so few tourists visiting Bolivia, you'll have it all to yourself.
Here are our picks for the top 10 things to do in Bolivia:
Travel to South America is a must-do for most adventurous travelers, with “Peru and Machu Picchu" at the top of many lists. And for good reason: Machu Picchu is one of the best-known and most stunning archeological sites in the world. But once you’ve crossed it off your list… then what?
Plenty! There are so many things to do in South America, your options are endless. The Andes Mountains is the world’s longest mountain range, spanning 4,500 miles along the western coast of South America. In addition to Peru, the Andes also traverse Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador. And each of these countries has unique offerings for curious Journeys travelers.
So if you’ve already been to Peru, here are five places we recommend you visit in South America.