Your Bolivia Tour Awaits

Mystic Culture, Rich Heritage & Natural Beauty!

Geographically Bolivia is one of the most varied nations in Latin America featuring extreme high-altitude mountains, colonial cities, fertile plains and biologically diverse tropical rainforests. Enchanting Travels presents Bolivia – 100% raw and authentic, with the highest levels of service and quality.

Unlock the mysteries of the Incas and other pre-Columbian cultures and learn about the Pachamama on your private Bolivia tour. Have your fortune told by a Bruja in the La Paz witches market! Walk the infinite white expanses of the world’s largest salt flats with our Uyuni tours, or sail along the royal blue waters of Lake Titicaca.

A personalized itinerary is just the start to your very own tailor-made Bolivia tour.


What to Pack, Climate & Top Tips for Bolivia Tours

Uyuni Desert – A breathtakingly beautiful natural wonder

Although Bolivia lies directly on the equator, the climate is by no means uniformly tropical. Most of the Andean region is set more than 1500 meters above sea level, with some peaks as tall as 6000 meters! Naturally, the fresh mountain air dominates the higher altitudes where, instead of rainfall, you will see snow in November. The Altiplano region (La Paz, Uyuni) remains moderately cool throughout the year. On the other hand, the lowlands experience distinctly tropical weather with temperatures above 30 ° C.

Climate in East Bolivia – Santa Cruz:

In winter, the temperature of Santa Cruz varies between 15 to 30° C, climbing up ever so slightly in the summer months. The climate here is uniformly dry and daytime can get very hot.
What to pack: Windcheaters, weatherproof clothing and a pair of good (hiking) shoes

Climate of South Bolivia – Sucre, Potosi:

Expect mild temperatures and pleasant weather in southern Bolivia. Daytime is generally cool and comfortable although evenings can get chilly. Temperatures in this region range between 0 to 20 ° C (Potosi) and 10 to 20 ° C (Sucre).
What to pack: Warm sweaters or fleece jackets so you can protect yourself with several layers of clothing. For Potosi, it is advisable to pack a pair of gloves, a hat and a warm windproof jacket.

Climate in the Southern Altiplano region – Sajama, Uyuni:

In the southern Altiplano region (southwest Bolivia) the sun is unrelenting throughout the day! Don’t forget your sunglasses because you will need the added protection in the dazzling salt desert. During the daytime, temperatures range between 15 to 20 ° C, but nighttime is considerably cooler with temperatures dipping below 0. In the winter months, temperatures are often below -10° C during the night.
What to pack: A good pair of sunglasses, hiking boots, gloves, hat, thermals, warm jackets, sunscreen lotion and warm sleepwear.

Climate in Central Altiplano region – La Paz, Copacabana:

Expect a pleasant summer, with temperatures ranging between 5 – 20 ° C. In winter, the temperature ranges between 0 and 15 degrees although Copacabana can be quite cold with temperatures dipping below 0. In this region, the weather conditions vary to a great extent and rain is rare in La Paz.
What to pack: Warm sweaters and fleece jackets so you can layer up! It is advisable to carry a windcheater, cap, scarf, gloves, Warm sleepwear, sunscreen lotion and sungla

Climate in Bolivian Rainforest – Madidi National Park

The rainforest experiences tropical weather all year round with lots of rainfall. Temperatures range between 20 to 30 ° C throughout the year.
What to pack: Backpacking equipment for excursions, sun hat, swimming gear, waterproof jacket, sandals, mosquito repellent, light cotton clothes, sunscreen lotion and sunglasses

Best time for Bolivia travel

  • In the dry season: May to October
  • Rainy season: November to April

The best time for travel to Bolivia is between the months of May to October when the weather is dry. Bolivia receives the most amount of tourists in July and August. Traveling in the rainy season can be challenging as many of the roads are difficult to navigate. Some parts of Bolivia can be visited throughout the year. Please contact our destination experts for more travel advice and tips on Bolivia tours.

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Top 10 Attractions, Activities and Highlights in Bolivia

1. Cable Cars and La Paz Witches Market

Gain an aerial perspective on La Paz – the highest seat of government in the world! The modern cable cars that operate through the city offer fantastic views of the cityscape from high up in the air. Make sure you visit the famous La Paz Witches Market where magical souvenirs (in the literal sense) are readily available!

2. Moon Valley and Death Road 

Embark on an exciting day trip or spa break from La Paz. Just a few kilometers outside the city lies the Moon Valley where bizarre rock formations bid you welcome! Adventure enthusiasts will especially enjoy a bike ride down the notorious Death Road.

3. Pre-Incan ruins in Tiwanaku

En route to Copacabana from La Paz, stop to visit the impressive Tiwanaku ruins – one of the most important ruins in Bolivia that stand as evidence of an ancient, Pre-Incan civilization.

4. Lake Titicaca

From Copacabana, travel to the sunny Isla del Sol island on Lake Titicaca. Walk past verdant hills, discover mystical Inca ruins and soak in the breathtaking view of the highest navigable lake in the world on your tour of Bolivia!

5. The salt flats in Salar de Uyuni

The largest salt flat in the world, Salar de Uyuni, offers numerous natural wonders spread over a vast surface area of more than 12,000 km²! Smoking geysers, colorful lagoons, hot thermal springs and majestic flamingos await, apart from a magical feeling of undefinable freedom!

6. Salt hotels in Uyuni

In the Uyuni desert, a very special overnight experience awaits you. A night at a salt hotel in Salar de Uyuni will make your Bolivia tour an unforgettable experience.

7. Madidi National Park

Insider tip for nature and adventure trips: The Madidi National Park, accessible through the town of Rurrenabaque. One of the most bio-diverse ecological hot spots in the world, it is ideal for adventure and nature lovers who travel to Bolivia.

8. Sajama village tour

Travel Tip from our Destination Experts: If you want to experience an authentic and off the beaten track Bolivia tour, then the remote village of Sajama shouldn’t be missed! Only a few tourists ever visit there – so you have the magnificent view of the highest mountain in Bolivia, after which the village is named, almost all to yourself!

9. The colonial city of Sucre 

Don’t miss the capital city of Sucre on your trip to Bolivia! A UNESCO World Heritage site, this colonial city is densely populated with unique museums, quaint churches and impressive monuments.

10. Famous Silver Mine and Museum in Potosi

In Potosi, visit the world-famous Cerro Rico Silver Mine – once upon a time, this mine had brought much prosperity to the city. The iconic Museum Casa de la Moneda bears testimony to the historical and cultural changes that Potosi has seen over the years.

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Bolivia's History

The history of Bolivia dates back many millennia to when the Aymaras first settled in the western highlands.

The Tiwanaku culture flourished until the kingdom was conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. Soon afterward, the Spanish conquistadors toppled the empire and founded the city of La Paz in 1548. Under Spanish colonization present-day Bolivia was known as Alto Peru (Upper Peru) and was under the authority of the Viceroyalty of Peru.

Silver mines in Alto Peru provided the majority of the wealth gathered by the Spanish Empire, and thousands of natives died while mining in dangerous conditions. In 1776, Alto Peru became part of the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. Spanish colonial rule was a traumatic experience for indigenous groups. In addition to mining, the native population decreased rapidly due to their susceptibility to European diseases and several revolts were quelled by the Spanish.

Finally in 1825, Alto Peru joined the rest of the South American nations to win independence from Spain. The new country was named Bolivia after Simón Bolívar, the famous liberator and hero. However, independence did not alleviate the country’s problems.

In 1879, after the country had increased taxes on nitrate mines, the War of the Pacific against Chile devastated Bolivia. Chile emerged victorious and Bolivia lost its only strip of Pacific coast and rich nitrate mining areas to Chile, thus becoming a landlocked nation.

The 20th century was marked by more tumult, social unrest, various coup d’etats and brutal military dictatorships as well as hyperinflation, poverty and a rise in drug trafficking. In 2005, left-wing Evo Morales was elected president and began to implement several controversial policies, including nationalization of industries. In 2009, Morales created a new Constitution formally declaring Bolivia a “plurinational state”, in recognition of the various indigenous cultures within the country. Although it is still one of the poorest nations in South America, Bolivia is currently entering a period of stability and economic growth and in recent years, a Bolivia tour is completely safe.

Bolivia tours reward visitors with unparalleled cultural authenticity and stunning natural beauty at this relatively undiscovered destination.

Top Bolivia Tour Tip – History:

The Tiwanaku civilization from 13th century BCE was the most advanced of ancient Bolivian cultures, and the ruins of their capital city Tiwanaku can be visited today on one of our private Bolivia tours.

Culture of Bolivia

One of the principal highlights of a Bolivia tour is the authenticity of the country’s culture and local people, who retain their indigenous heritage even in modern times. The majority of the population is of Quechua and Aymara descent, followed by mestizos – people with mixed indigenous and Spanish ancestry.

As you travel in Bolivia, you will find women in traditional dress, affectionately called cholas, everywhere. The chola’s clothing consists of a pleated skirt called pollera, a shawl called manta and topped off with a bowler hat from 19th century Europe. This form of dress was originally forced on the indigenous women by colonists, but now it has become a national symbol. Markets are colorful and full of textiles, handicrafts and even strange shamanic trinkets that are symbols of native religious traditions and popular superstition and a major part of Bolivian culture.

Our private Bolivia tours take you to Lake Titicaca, where unique cultures such as the Uros of the floating reed islands, maintain their traditions even in modern times.

Bolivians are close-knit and extremely family oriented, with several generations living together under the same roof. Many traditions and festivals in Bolivia stem from a mix of pre-Colombian pagan rites and Roman Catholicism. The Oruro Carnival is a major part of a well-planned Bolivia tour.  It is an important cultural event, famous for its folkloric devil dance and several days of costumed parades.

Top Bolivia Travel Tip – Culture:

Locals do not like to have their photos taken by visitors. Do not photograph people without first asking for permission during your tour of Bolivia

Bolivian Cuisine

Given the several distinct climatic regions and the abundance of natural resources, it is no wonder that Bolivian cuisine is divided by regionality and infused with local ingredients.

During your Bolivia tour you will find that in the Andes, cuisine is characterised by the staple grains quinoa and rice, a plethora of potato varieties – native to the Andes, and llama or alpaca meat. Meals commonly consist of delicious, warm and filling stews and soups. In the lowlands and tropical regions, food is based around yucca, plantains and beef.

Your Bolivia tour is incomplete without a food tour of the country’s administrative capital. La Paz, Bolivia’s most modern city, is heavily influenced by international food and has many pizzerias, fast food joints, Chinese restaurants (called chifas), rotisseries, and some high-end continental eateries.

Here is some typical Bolivia food to whet your appetite:

  • Anticuchos: kebabs made with heart of beef
  • Salteñas: a baked empanada filled with meat and a sweet and spicy sauce
  • Choripan: a sausage sandwich

Top Bolivia Travel Tips – Cuisine:

  • On a Bolivia tour, you should not eat with your hands, unless it is fast food such as burgers and hot dogs.
  • Lunch is usually the biggest meal of the day, and this is followed by an afternoon nap.

Experience the Culinary Revolution on Your Bolivia Tour

In spite of such strong cultural authenticity, you’ll find that what is considered gourmet food is unfortunately so often an imitation of Italian or continental cuisine in Bolivia. However, this is currently poised to change with the beginning of a culinary revolution led by non-profit organizations such as Melting Pot Bolivia.

Such NGOs are fostering a return to native cuisine and local agriculture and keeping youths off the streets by training them to become the next generation of Bolivian chef. This adds a delicious and fabulous flavor to our Bolivia tours.

Recently, famous Danish chef and entrepreneur Claus Meyer (of Michelin star NOMA in Copenhagen) opened up Gustu restaurant in La Paz. According to many, Gustu may just be the world’s next best new restaurant and should certainly be your must-visit list during your Bolivia tour. Gustu features only native cuisine and local ingredients prepared in creative ways by young chefs. The restaurant aims to put Bolivia on the map as a top gastronomic destination.

You can also eat in an extraordinary spot: dine on the salt flats or in a hotel made of salt during one of our Uyuni tours.

Language of Bolivia

Spanish is the official language of Bolivia, however, there are over 30 native languages spoken in various regions of the country, with Quechua and Aymara being the most common. Over 50% of the population has a native language other than Spanish as their mother tongue. Whilst you will find plenty of people speaking English in the cities during your Bolivia tour, it would be unwise to expect the same in rural areas.

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