Top 10 Things to do in Bolivia
Plan your Bolivia vacation around the top ten things to do in Bolivia.
From traversing endless Salt Flats, climbing mountains and discovering unique cultural delights, the land-locked country of Bolivia in South America offers a wealth of activities. Nestled high up in the Andes, Bolivia is varied geographically as it is culturally. While its Inca ruins will take you back in time, a spa vacation will help you unwind far away from the hustle and bustle of the city – you will be spoilt for choices on your Bolivia vacation!
The capital city of La Paz, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, offers a wealth of cultural delights. The Uyuni Salt Flats are a treasure trove of natural wonders, and the biodiversity you will encounter when you visit a National Park, such as the Madidi National Park or the Sajama National Park is truly amazing. Thrill-seekers can cycle down the Death Road – often considered the most dangerous road in the world, and one of the top attractions in South America!
If you are wondering when to travel to Bolivia and what you should do there, our destinations experts are ready to help you. Here is a list of the top things to do in Bolivia curated by our Enchanting Travels specialists, which should definitely be part of your Bolivia travel guide!
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1Explore the varied delights of La Paz
Gain an aerial perspective on La Paz – the highest seat of government in the world! The modern cable car system that operates through La Paz offers 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!
Other attractions of La Paz include the San Francisco Cathedral and Metropolitan Cathedral as well as its culturally-rich museums. From La Paz, you can also head out to nearby Coroico and spend a few days there. The hill town of Coroico is known for its lush coffee plantations and waterfalls, and its verdant forests make for a pleasant change from the snow-capped highlands of La Paz!
2Enjoy the thrills of 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 Yungas Road or Death Road.
Though it is considered the most one among – if not the most dangerous road in the world, this popular attraction in South America draws adventure seekers from across the globe. It is around a 60 km long stretch, especially popular for downhill mountain biking.
3Visit the pre-Incan ruins in Tiwanaku
Your tour of the Tiwanaku ruins will take you to landmarks such as the Gateway of the Sun, Pyramid of Akapana, Temple of Kalasasaya and the Semi-subterranean Temple.
4Explore 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 – one of the top things to do in Bolivia and South America!
As per local belief, Lake Titicaca is considered to be the birthplace of the sun. It is the largest lake in South America and the lands around it have been inhabited since the pr-Inca days and are steeped in ancient culture.
Keep your eyes peeled near the docks near the ancient Inca ruins for rare sightings of endangered, flightless water birds and various other wetland birds native to the Altiplano. The sun, boat rides, leisurely hikes, ancient ruins, and spectacular natural beauty is what Isla del Sol is all about!
5Discover 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! These Salt Flats are easily one of the top attractions of Bolivia!
Easily one of the top attractions in Bolivia!
6Stay at a salt hotel 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. This unique landscape is stunning in its starkness, almost devoid of any wildlife and vegetation except for its islands of millenary cacti and bright turquoise lakes filled with pink flamingos.
A stay here is a truly unique experience and one of the top things to do in Bolivia!
7Explore the Madidi National Park
Insider tip for nature and adventure trips: The Madidi National Park is 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 the country and one of the top things to do in Bolivia. It is home to thousands of plant and animal species, and stunning scenery made up of deep valleys and canyons, cliffs, torrid rivers and waterfalls and thick lush rainforest.
8Take a 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 guests 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!
9Visit the colonial city of Sucre
Don’t miss the historic 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.
Called ‘the White City,’ Sucre features impeccably preserved and maintained white-washed colonial buildings with terracotta tiled roofs and a skyline dotted with dozens of church domes and steeples. Sucre is also the gateway to Bolivia’s most fascinating indigenous groups, the Aymara and Tarabuco, known for their intricate and beautiful hand-woven textiles.
10Explore the sights of 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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