Bolivia

One of South America’s best kept secrets, Bolivia is home to Latin America’s highest cities, colonial treasures and wonderful and magnificent landscapes. Bolivia offers many natural attractions and the country is often referred to as “The Americas’ Tibet” because it resembles the Tibetan Plateau.


Where to go

  • Lake Titicaca, the highest natural lake in the world, situated in the Bolivian highlands with magnificent views of the snow-capped summits of the Royal Andean Mountain Range.
  • The Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, formed by ancient prehistoric lakes leaving behind a massive and absolutely breath-taking salt desert. 
  • Beautiful Potosi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned during colonial times for its silver inside the “Cerro Rico” mountain. 
  • Sucre, also a UNESCO World Heritage site and the country’s constitutional capital, with some of the finest colonial architecture in the world.
  • La Paz, the world’s highest capital city, literally breathtaking at an altitude of 4,000 metres.


What to do

  • Spend a few days in La Paz and experience the chaos of the local markets, explore the ancient ruins of Tiwanaku and descend to the Yungas sub-tropical valley and enjoy the rich green tropical plantations of coffee, cacao, banana, coca-leaf and fruit tree orchards.
  • Cruise across Lake Titicaca and stop at one of the islands to have lunch with the local island inhabitants and learn about these remote agricultural communities.
  • Trek the Andes range crossing Bolivia, the highest mountain range outside Asia. 
  • Visit one of the famous and colourful Sunday markets in Bolivia.
  • Cross the vast salt flats of the Uyuni desert.
  • Venture into the Bolivian Amazon and see hundreds of species of birds and different flora and fauna in Madidi National Park. 



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When to go

The best time of year to travel is from May to October when it is cooler and drier. The temperature is around 20-25°C although it can be cooler in the evenings and temperatures can drop to 0°C at high altitude.  The rainy season runs from November to April although it is worth remembering that during the wet season the rain tends to come in showers and you will still have plenty of sunshine!  


Currency and money

The Boliviano is the official currency used in Bolivia. ATMs are easily available in the major cities.


Cuisine

You will find everything from local street food to gourmet international restaurants in the larger cities.  Delicious fresh fruit is sold in the street markets – we recommend the Bolivian Chirimoya.  Local specialities include Api Morado, a drink made of sweet corns traditionally served at breakfast, and Chicharrón, a shredded pork dish. 


Hotels

Bolivia offers a wide range of different accommodation. You will find a good range of hotels from large modern hotels to smaller locally-owned properties. You can also find small cozy hostels in the countryside and jungle lodges.


Where to go next

Combine Bolivia with a trip to Peru and cruise across Lake Titicaca to cross the border to Peru.  Alternatively, you can cross the Uyuni Desert and travel overland to the Atacama Desert in Chile.  


Links

Saspo’s partner office in Bolivia is Turismo Balsa.  For further information on the country and its highlights and destinations please see Turismo Balsa’s website: www.turismobalsa.com

Contact:    TEL: +44 20 8123 1827   Mobile: +44 7989 982 210   Email: Info@saspoUK.com