Things not to miss

updated 5/14/2019
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Covering nearly nineteen thousand square kilometres, this park is home to some of the most diverse plant and animal life in South America.

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#02 Salar de Uyuni

A vast, perfectly flat expanse of dazzling white surrounded by high mountain peaks, the Salar de Uyuni is the world’s biggest salt lake and, perhaps, Bolivia’s most extraordinary attraction.

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#03 Tiwanaku

One of the cradles of Andean civilization, and once the centre of a massive empire, Tiwanaku is among South America’s most intriguing archeological sites.

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#04 Potosí

The highest city in the world, the legendary silver-mining centre of Potosí boasts some of the finest Spanish colonial architecture on the continent.

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#05 Folk music and dance

Far more than just panpipes, Bolivian folk music and dance is as vibrant and varied as the country itself.

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#06 Oruro Carnaval

One of South America’s most colourful fiestas, during which thousands of costumed dancers parade through the streets and revellers indulge in heavy drinking and indiscriminate water fighting.

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#07 La Paz

Nestled in a deep canyon at an altitude of over 3500m, Bolivia’s de facto capital is the highest in the world, and a fascinating melting-pot of modern urban and traditional Aymara cultures.

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#08 Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa

This starkly beautiful reserve is a haven for rare Andean wildlife.

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#09 Mercado de Hechiceria

La Paz’s Witches’ Market offers a fascinating insight into the secretive world of Aymara mysticism and herbal medicine.

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#10 Biking down the world’s most dangerous road

The perilous highway from La Paz

to Coroico is among the world’s most spectacular, plunging from the Andes to the lush upper Amazon

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#11 Salteñas

Pastry parcels filled with a rich stew of meat and vegetables, salteñas are an ideal mid-morning snack.

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#12 Inca trails

The Choro

, Takesi and Yunga Cruz trails – the three so-called “Inca trails” – descend from the icebound peaks of the Cordillera Real to the subtropical Yungas .

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#13 Andean textiles

The traditional weavings of indigenous highland communities are among the finest expressions of Andean culture

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#14 The Jesuit missions of chiquitos

The Jesuit mission churches offer a splash of incongruous splendour and historical intrigue in the wilderness.

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#15 Isla del Sol

Isla del Sol is the spiritual centre of the Andean world, revered as the place where the sun and moon were created.

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#16 Sucre

Known as the White City, Bolivia’s capital is a jewel of colonial architecture and a lively university city that combines serene dignity with a provincial charm.

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#17 Mountain climbing

With six peaks over 6000m Bolivia is a paradise for experienced mountaineers. Novices can arrange a guided climb up 6090m Huayna Potosí


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