The South American country of Bolivia that is rich in culture and history. Filled with neat attractions and beautiful landscapes, the country itself is a must-see. However, there are plenty of attractions, cities, and natural wonders you should take some time to explore specifically.
From the often sung about Copacabana to Salar De Uyuni, this list will be your ultimate travel guide for your holiday in Bolivia. Keep reading to learn about the six must-see places in Bolivia:
This Bolivian location, which lends its name to Barry Manilow’s 1978 hit “Copacabana (At The Copa). This is the town that surrounds Lake Titicaca, one of the worlds easiest lakes to navigate.
Copacabana has a ton of nature-based activities to offer, including kayaking or paddle-boating on the lake, as well as boat trips to different islands in the lake.
Basically, if you’re looking to let your hair down and experience the crystal-blue waters of Lake Titicaca, you should definitely mark down Copacabana in your travel itinerary.
You’ve experienced the lake and beautiful waters with your stop at Copacabana and Lake Titicaca, now prepare for the hilltops. Coroico is a beautiful mountain-top town that overlooks some of the most dangerous roads in the world.
However, the beautiful landscapes, challenging roads, and laid-back atmosphere make Coroico a great stop for travelers who love to backpack or hike. Death Road trail is a popular tourist destination that shows off the dangerous roads. But there was a highway built in 2006, which is welcome news for anyone who is too nervous to trek down the winding roads.
The city is located in the Yunga Valley, which is filled with banana and orange groves. The quaint atmosphere will have you relaxing in the quietness of nature. However, make sure you bring some bug spray. Due to the temperature, there are a lot of mosquitos in the area.
3: LA PAZ
Don’t forget to take time to visit the bustling city after checking out the sleepy city of Coroico. This city is the highest capital city in the world. Landscapes surrounding La Paz usually include mountains covered in snow, giant buildings, and antique architecture.
You can enjoy amazing food, nightlife activities, markets, and the Presidential Palace. Rooms in nice hotels can cost as little as $5-$10 U.S. dollars a night. So, what’s not to love about this Bolivian city travel destination?
If that wasn’t enough, the city also has a number of cable cars that can allow any traveler to see the city from new, more interesting heights. The culture is lively and food is super affordable. If you’re into the nightlife scene, you’ll also have a great time!
4: THE PAMPAS
You’ve probably been to a zoo to see animals in an enclosed habitat, but wouldn’t it be great to see them in their natural habitat? The Pampas tour allows site-seers to experience the beauty and complexity of Bolivian nature.
This tour is a canoe boat tour down a river where travelers can see an abundance of jungle animals including monkeys, pink dolphins, alligators, crocodiles, turtles, birds, and capybaras to name a few.
Some of the more alluring activities in the Pampas include swimming with dolphins, hiking the jungle, and piranha fishing.
Tour boat guides have been known to get uncomfortably close to these wildlife animals, who seem to be fond of the occasional pet by their repeat visitors. However, petting or touching the wildlife is not advised and shouldn’t be attempted when you take your tour of the Pampas.
5: PLAZA MURILLO
La Paz’ Casco Viejo is home to Plaza Murillo, a beautiful and historical site that you must visit when in the area!
The plaza was designed hundreds of years ago by Juan Gutiérrez Paniagua and is named after a Bolivian hero named Pedro Murillo. The plaza is the central square in La Paz. It’s home to a statue of Neptune thanks to its location by the water.
The area is surrounded by eucalyptus trees and has been the scene of political debate. Some leaders have actually been killed near the plaza. One of these was president Gualberto Villarroel, who was thrown from a balcony by rebels who later hung him from a lamp post in the plaza.
Beautiful buildings also surround the plaza, including a cathedral and a colonial government palace where the president of Bolivia lives. This building has a lot of history because it has burned down twice! The building for the National Congress of Bolivia is also nearby.
You can also take some time to visit the La Paz National Museum of Art located in the Palacio de los Condes de Arana, an 18th century building.
6: SALAR DE UYUNI
There have been a number of lush jungle and forest destinations as well as a number of waterfront destinations covered thus far. However, if you’re looking for a memorable experience, you can’t go to Bolivia without experiencing the Salt Flats, or Salar De Uyuni.
This desert-like area is located in southwestern Bolivia and will give you what may seem like an other-worldly experience. Hop into a jeep and ride around this dry land to check out the volcanoes, geothermal areas, rock formations, geysers, and unique wildlife.
The salt flat is a bright white that meets the beautiful blue skyline for a lovely, picturesque landscape with gorgeous mountains in the background that look like those painted on a Bob Ross original.
One piece of advice: don’t lick the ground!
As you can see, there are a number of beautiful locations that are both tropical and historical, just waiting for a visit from an eager traveler.
As you visit Bolivia, take time to immerse yourself in the culture, food, and traditions of the Bolivian people. No matter if you’re hanging out by Lake Titicaca, you’re hiking through the jungle in search of alligators, or if you’re roaming the giant salt flats, you’re sure to have an amazing time visiting Bolivia.