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14 January 2017

What to see & do in beautiful Bolivia



Bolivia is a location that’s brimming with natural beauty. The extraordinary natural wonders are contrasted by some twisted and complex scenery that make this is a location you don’t want to miss. This extreme country is one of the most isolated countries in South America and it has the world’s largest portion of indigenous people who make up a staggering two-thirds of the population.
Whatever your travel goals are for this year, push aside some countries to squeeze Bolivia in. Here are some of the best sights and attractions that you simply cannot miss if you visit:


Salar de Uyuni

If you’re travelling to Bolivia then visiting Salar de Uyuni- Bolivia’s incredibly vast and beautiful salt flats should be first on your list!
Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and it’s home to some of the world’s most amazing and breathtaking views.
It is a true natural wonder that's not only awe-inspiring, but also seems to be the best place to play with perspective. The views are surreal and alien, with bright white expanses stretching so far and wide that the only thing visible to the human eye are distant mountains and clear blue skies, and in places it's like you are walking on a mirror.


The best way to experience the whole of Salar de Uyuni is to take a guided jeep tour.
At the outpost of Uyuni, you’ll be able to take a tour over the salt flats that lasts a couple of days. You’ll stop at various surreal views, explore cactus islands, hot springs and even view the bursting geyser fields. Thia area is such a change from typical holiday locations that you’ll almost feel like you’ve landed yourself on another planet!
It’s a desolate area, but that’s the beauty of it. It’s a quiet and eerie environment that manages to draw you in and tempt you to explore its every corner. A definite bucket list place for sure!


The Cordillera Real

If tall peaks and breathtaking views are what you’re after, then look no further than the Cordillera Real mountain range. This range of fold mountains, largely composed of granite, is located south-east of Lake Titicaca.
With over 600 peaks that stretch over 5000m, there’s an almost limitless supply of tall mountains to scale and take ultimate panoramic photos.
Many of the peaks are accessible with vehicles, but many trekkers and mountain climbers flock to the Cordillera Real to experience an exhilarating climb. But the Cordillera Real isn’t just for adrenaline seekers. You can also go for relaxing bike rides or take gentle hikes across the beautiful landscapes. No matter what form of exercise you prefer, the Cordillera Real will provide it.


To reach the Cordillera Real, you will want to make a stop at La Paz. You can reach La Paz easily from any airport or by taking a bus from the surrounding areas such as Peru or from within Bolivia. From La Paz, speak with local travel agencies and tour guides that can take you into the Cordillera Real, or if you prefer to take your time and soak in the sights at your leisure, then simply hire a vehicle and prepare a map. It's the perfect place to absorb the beauty and wonders of the world.


Isla del Sol

Isla del Sol is a Bolivian island in Lake Titicaca with many local communities that inhabit it. It’s crossed by trails and known for Inca sites like Pilko Kaina, with its ruined palace.
There are tourist amenities such as hotels, restaurants and local attractions, but the main attraction to this island is the blazing sun and hiking paths. You’ll also get a chance to explore some of the pre-Columbian ruins if you’re into the history and culture of an area.


The island stretches across 70 sq km and you can walk around and visit most of the main attractions and sights in a single day.  There are half-day tours available but the best way to experience the natural beauty of Isla del Sol is to spend at least one night or more exploring every corner of this lush and historic island.
There are no vehicles present on Isla del Sol, so you’ll have to be ready to hike along rocky trails and paved roads to get around. There’s a large network of walking paths to make your journey easy, but remember to carry water and food because there aren’t many amenities out in the wild.
It's said to be the birthplace of the first Incas so it's worth adding to the list for sure!


Those are just some of the many highlights that Bolivia has to offer. It's definitely an underrated country and one absolutely worth visiting if you're passing through South America.
Have you ever been to any of these places?

Thanks for reading,

*This post is a collaboration and contains images that are not my own.
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David M said...

I really want to visit those salt flats!

14 January 2017

What to see & do in beautiful Bolivia



Bolivia is a location that’s brimming with natural beauty. The extraordinary natural wonders are contrasted by some twisted and complex scenery that make this is a location you don’t want to miss. This extreme country is one of the most isolated countries in South America and it has the world’s largest portion of indigenous people who make up a staggering two-thirds of the population.
Whatever your travel goals are for this year, push aside some countries to squeeze Bolivia in. Here are some of the best sights and attractions that you simply cannot miss if you visit:


Salar de Uyuni

If you’re travelling to Bolivia then visiting Salar de Uyuni- Bolivia’s incredibly vast and beautiful salt flats should be first on your list!
Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and it’s home to some of the world’s most amazing and breathtaking views.
It is a true natural wonder that's not only awe-inspiring, but also seems to be the best place to play with perspective. The views are surreal and alien, with bright white expanses stretching so far and wide that the only thing visible to the human eye are distant mountains and clear blue skies, and in places it's like you are walking on a mirror.


The best way to experience the whole of Salar de Uyuni is to take a guided jeep tour.
At the outpost of Uyuni, you’ll be able to take a tour over the salt flats that lasts a couple of days. You’ll stop at various surreal views, explore cactus islands, hot springs and even view the bursting geyser fields. Thia area is such a change from typical holiday locations that you’ll almost feel like you’ve landed yourself on another planet!
It’s a desolate area, but that’s the beauty of it. It’s a quiet and eerie environment that manages to draw you in and tempt you to explore its every corner. A definite bucket list place for sure!


The Cordillera Real

If tall peaks and breathtaking views are what you’re after, then look no further than the Cordillera Real mountain range. This range of fold mountains, largely composed of granite, is located south-east of Lake Titicaca.
With over 600 peaks that stretch over 5000m, there’s an almost limitless supply of tall mountains to scale and take ultimate panoramic photos.
Many of the peaks are accessible with vehicles, but many trekkers and mountain climbers flock to the Cordillera Real to experience an exhilarating climb. But the Cordillera Real isn’t just for adrenaline seekers. You can also go for relaxing bike rides or take gentle hikes across the beautiful landscapes. No matter what form of exercise you prefer, the Cordillera Real will provide it.


To reach the Cordillera Real, you will want to make a stop at La Paz. You can reach La Paz easily from any airport or by taking a bus from the surrounding areas such as Peru or from within Bolivia. From La Paz, speak with local travel agencies and tour guides that can take you into the Cordillera Real, or if you prefer to take your time and soak in the sights at your leisure, then simply hire a vehicle and prepare a map. It's the perfect place to absorb the beauty and wonders of the world.


Isla del Sol

Isla del Sol is a Bolivian island in Lake Titicaca with many local communities that inhabit it. It’s crossed by trails and known for Inca sites like Pilko Kaina, with its ruined palace.
There are tourist amenities such as hotels, restaurants and local attractions, but the main attraction to this island is the blazing sun and hiking paths. You’ll also get a chance to explore some of the pre-Columbian ruins if you’re into the history and culture of an area.


The island stretches across 70 sq km and you can walk around and visit most of the main attractions and sights in a single day.  There are half-day tours available but the best way to experience the natural beauty of Isla del Sol is to spend at least one night or more exploring every corner of this lush and historic island.
There are no vehicles present on Isla del Sol, so you’ll have to be ready to hike along rocky trails and paved roads to get around. There’s a large network of walking paths to make your journey easy, but remember to carry water and food because there aren’t many amenities out in the wild.
It's said to be the birthplace of the first Incas so it's worth adding to the list for sure!


Those are just some of the many highlights that Bolivia has to offer. It's definitely an underrated country and one absolutely worth visiting if you're passing through South America.
Have you ever been to any of these places?

Thanks for reading,

*This post is a collaboration and contains images that are not my own.

1 comment:

David M said...

I really want to visit those salt flats!

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