Bolivia

Where Nature, Culture, and Heartbeat Meet

Follow in the footsteps of bandits and revolutionaries to South America’s most adventurous country. Bolivia will take your breath away, not just because of its spectacular scenery, monuments and relics from ancient civilizations or wildlife, but as large swathes of the country are very high altitude including the de facto capital La Paz. Bolivia is a diverse and landlocked nation of snowy peaks, high plateaus, colourful deserts and tropical lowlands.

Top Highlights

Highest Ski Resort

Bolivia boasts the world's highest ski resort, Chacaltaya, perched at a dizzying altitude of over 17,000 feet (5,200 meters) in the Andes Mountains. Surprisingly, the resort's glacier, once a skiing haven, melted away completely by 2009 due to climate change. Despite this loss, the site serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need for environmental conservation in Bolivia and beyond.

Ecotourism Park

In Bolivia's remote Pando Department lies the "Las Piedras" Indigenous Ecotourism Park, where visitors can engage in sustainable tourism while supporting local communities. Here, travelers can participate in traditional activities like medicinal plant walks led by indigenous guides, learn about local conservation efforts, and immerse themselves in the cultural heritage of the Tsimane and Tacana peoples, fostering a deeper understanding of Bolivia's diverse indigenous cultures and ecosystems.

Capital

La Paz

Time

GMT -4

Currency

Boliviano

Religion

Christianity

Population

12 Million

Language

Spanish

International Airports

La Paz, Cochamba, Santa Cruz

Weather

A humid tropical climate with an average temperature of 30° C (86° F). The Southwestern Bands of the Amazon rainforest for the central and north-western areas of Bolivia, where temperatures are hot for a majority of the year, with slightly milder winters.

Top Places to Visit

Arequipa and Colca Canyon

Known for its excellent gastronomy and for being the point where you can look from above how condors fly, Arequipa, also known as the white city, sits at the foot of the Misti volcano and on the banks of the Chili River. This vibrant city's colonial churches and mansions were built in ashlar, a white volcanic stone.

Lima

Peru's capital used to be a walled city with narrow streets and long balconies, occupied by Limeños enjoying food, life, and an evening filled with board games. Nowadays, only a small part of the City of Kings retains some of these old days, such as the historic centre, the stately palace of Torre Tagle, and the 1610 stone bridge.

Cusco

The number one Touristic destination due not only to the historic city but cause of Machupicchu. Cusco used to be the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo empire, inhabited by people from the four suyos (regions) of the Inca confederation. Nowadays, Cusco is mainly the starting point for visits to the Sacred Valley of the Incas as well as the world-famous Machupicchu.

Caral

The origin of Andean culture. Located around 200 km north of Lima, this is the oldest known urban settlement and civilization in the Americas. Caral is situated in the middle of the Supe Valley and was developed at the same time as other great cultures in Egypt, China, and Mesopotamia. The farming techniques and sustainable practices of this sacred city still remain a reference point to this day.

Nasca and Palpa Lines

Located in the desert plains of the Rio Grande de Nasca river basin, this is a mysterious gallery of lines and geoglyphs formed by depressions or shallow incisions in southern Peru between 500 BC and 500 AD. More than 800 drawings, naturally preserved by the region's dry climate, stretching over 450 km² of hot desert sand.

Chiclayo and Trujillo

Northern cities well-known for their excellent gastronomy and for being one of the best spots for archaeology hunters. They share the legacy of the Moche and Chimu cultures, builders of the great Chan Chan citadel as well as the Tomb of the Lord of Sipan. This tomb, once created for this very important Mochica warrior priest, reveals incredibly valuable gold and silver objects.

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