Bolivia

Bolivia

Bolivia as some of the most spectacular scenery you will see across South America and the globe. It is a backpackers paradise with cheap trips. Backpackers tend to spend time in Bolivia as its a place where you can do a lot for little money. Sucre is the capital where people go to learn Spanish. Bolivians have a lot of faith in Pachamama believing they can give back to the God of Nature. Some terrain is untouched by tourists which can add to the beauty of the county. Visit the lakes in the south, the Amazon in the north and visit the Lake Titicaca. 

 

 

Uyuni

Uyuni is located in South Bolivia close to the world’s biggest Salt flats. Tourists usually visit this coming to or from Chile. Most backpackers only spend a night or two here. The main reason to stopover in Uyuni is to visit Salt Flats which is a sight not to be missed. Passing though Uyuni’s countryside you will see many Quinoa plantations and silver mines in the distance. Backpackers usually book a tour which takes them through the Salt flats and into the town of Uyuni. Travelling through the National Parque from Chile you can encounter all sorts of weather in one day – from rain, hail sunshine and snow.

Must Do’s

  • Take a trip to Salar de Uyuni – Bring your props and ideas to take the cheesy photos of you jumping over the horizon or balancing on a bottle of sun lotion!

Potosi

Potosi is located in the southern region of Bolivian with one of the highest altitudes in the world of 4,090 metres (13,420 ft). The “Imperial City” renowned for its silver mines, Postosi was seen as the world's largest industrial complex of the mid 16th century. Many backpackers skip Potosi going directly from Uyuni to Sucre so if time is not tight you should really visit this wonderful city and to see how silver is extracted from the mountains.

Must Do’s

  •  Take a visit Cerro Rico to meet and greet silver mine workers. There is a selection of tour company’s located at Plaza de Armas. A heart-breaking tour for most as it shows the miners working in harsh conditions.
  • Visit Laguna Colorada or red lagoon although if you are travelling from Chile to Uyuni it may be included in your 3-day trip.
  •  Take a trip to San Francisco of Potosi Convent and Temple. Its high ceilings and catacombs complete with skulls are impressive but even more so are the views from the rooftop.

Sucre

The official capital of Bolivia, Sucre is a great city steeped in history and culture while been surrounded some magnificent countryside. Known for its Spanish lessons there are plenty of schools to choose from. The commercial central is a great place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables especially needed for those long treks. Close by there are the dinosaur footprints and the town Maragua.

Must Do’s

  • Visit Sucre’s Dinosaur Park and Footprints (Parque Cretácico)
  • Check out Condors Café; not only a place to book your trek to Maragua and see dinosaur footprints up close but Condor cafe has excellent vegetarian food.
  • Go to the commercial central for a Smoothie, less than a dollar and free tops ups.
  • Try some Bolivian Handball in one of the many schools or community halls. 

La Paz

La Paz is located in the western region of Bolivia at an altitude of 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level. It’s a big city surrounded by hills which at dusk turn into a beautiful spectrum of lights. Places of interest include Iglesia de San Francisco and the witches market but many travels. For a lot of travelers, this city is the starting point of their trip traveling to Peru or further south. La Paz is a party city and renowned for the most dangerous road in the world “Death road”. (see our death road review)

Must Do’s

  • Cycling Death road is without a doubt top of the list. Conquer all fears and feel the adrenaline as you reach the bottom in one piece.
  • Feed the birds at Plaza Murillo, buy a pack of seeds for $2 Bolivianos and have some fun while they land on your arms and heads.
  • Visit the football stadium or if you’re lucky, catch a game at the highest altitude stadium in the world.
  • Take a ride on the Mi Teleferico cable cars. The red line is one of the longest at high altitude with some magnificent views of the city.
Mirador

Copacabana

Copacabana is located west of La Paz on Lake Titicaca. This beautiful town oozes history with a definite feeling that this place was once sacred. Copacabana is the last town before crossing the border to Peru. It shares the lake with Peru. It is a popular place for people to stay before crossing the border to Peru.

Must Do's

  • Climb to the top of the Mirador to see the city from the highest point getting a 360 view of Copacabana and Lake Titicaca.
  • Climb to the top of the Mirador to see the city from the highest point getting a 360 view of Copacabana and Lake Titicaca.Take a trip to Isla del Sol, enjoy the boat trip to the island. To explore all of Isla del Sol get an early boat to the north of the island. Be warned bring a lot of cash for tolls as you pas through the towns. If you have the time stay a night on the lake is very tranquil.
  • Take a trip to Isla del Sol, enjoy the boat trip to the island. To explore all of Isla del Sol get an early boat to the north of the island. Be warned bring a lot of cash for tolls as you pass through the towns. If you have the time stay a night on the lake is very tranquil.
  • Watch the sun go down while enjoying a “Jugo” or beer in one of rooftop patios along the shoreline.
  • Take a visit to Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana. Climb to the 2nd floor to find a small chapel where some locals come pray
Pampas, Bolivia

Rurrenabaque

Rurrenabaque is a small vibrant town located north of La Paz in the province of José Ballivián. Most backpackers fly from La Paz but a bus will take you there in approx 18-20 hours. It is the gateway town to Pampas with plenty of tourists stocking up on bug spray, water, ponchos and snacks before setting out on their jungle or Pampas tour. It's friendly, chilled atmosphere allows travelers to relax before and after their trips. From Rurrenabaque backpackers will drive approx. 3 hours to Santa Rosa de Yacuma to start their Pampas tour.

Must Do’s

  •  Take the Pampas 3 day tour – includes 2 nights’ accommodation and 3 days of activities. The tour begins here as you travel through river by motorised canoe in search of animals, birds and the famous pink dolphins. Watch sunrise and sunset, go Piranha fishing finishing each day by relaxing in a hammock.
  • Taste the fresh pastries, tarts or bread at the French bakery “Panderia Paris”. Delicious – just one block from the airport shuttle bus drop-off and collection
  • If you have time spend a little time shopping. There are great bargains on trendy trainers, clothes, shoes, and phones.