#01 Parque Nacional Madidi

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

#01 Parque Nacional Madidi

#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.

Things not to miss: Salt lake Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.© Helen Filatova/Shutterstock 

#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.

Things not to miss: Tiwanaku, Bolivia.© marktucan/Shutterstock 

#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.

Things not to miss: Potosi, Bolivia.© Rafal Cichawa/Shutterstock 

#05 Folk music and dance

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

Things not to miss: Feet of dancing people with colorful clothes.© NRuArg/Shutterstock 

#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.

Oruro / Carnival custom, Bolivia.© Dario Diament/Shutterstock

#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.

Things not to miss: Illimani mountain, city La Paz, Bolivia.© Jess Kraft/Shutterstock

#08 Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa

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

#08 Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa

#09 Mercado de Hechiceria

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

#09 Mercado de Hechiceria

#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

#10 Biking down the world’s most dangerous road

#11 Salteñas

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

#11 Salteñas

#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.

#12 Inca trails

#13 Andean textiles

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

Things not to miss: Bolivian lady knitting a traditional aguayo, Bolivia.© Vivia-Futuraico/Shutterstock

#14 The Jesuit missions of chiquitos

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

Things not to miss: Jesuit Mission church in San Jose de Chiquitos, Bolivia.© Noradoa/Shutterstock

#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.

#15 Isla del Sol

#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.

Things not to miss: Sucre, Bolivia.© gary yim/Shutterstock 

#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.

#17 Mountain climbing

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