Home to the world’s most dangerous road, beautiful mountain scenery and ancient Inca ruins, Bolivia has got a lot to offer for adventurous travelers. You can marvel at the surreal landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni, hike rugged trails in the Andes or walk in the footsteps of Che Guevara. From observing diverse wildlife to seeing stunning natural wonders, here are the best things to do in Bolivia.
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Admire reflections in Salar de Uyuni
You simply can’t visit Bolivia without experiencing the beauty of Salar de Uyuni, which is the world’s largest salt flat. You can marvel at the vast expanse of mirror-like surfaces that includes an endless horizon. Visit here during the dry season from late April to October to discover a unique landscape of hexagon-shaped salt deposits with salt left behind by a dried up prehistoric lake that stretches as far as the eye can see.
Cycle the world’s most dangerous road
If you’re up for an adventure, visit Bolivia’s famous “Death Road” to discover dizzying heights through subtropical climates. The high cliff edges drop 300 feet along the narrow North Yungas Road and can be traversed on guided bike treks that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Located about an hour outside of Paz, the 50-mile trek snakes down a muddy road and features hairpin turns and numerous blind spots, while many believe the spectacular views are worth the adventure.
Explore Copacabana and Lake Titicaca
Nestled on the border between Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is dotted with ancient Inca settlements, underwater ruins and crystal clear waters with white-capped mountains as a backdrop. It’s one of the country’s most beautiful landmarks and is considered one of the most navigable lakes in the world. Spend time in Copacabana to admire views of the lake and duck into local restaurants to indulge in regional specialties such as freshly caught fish such as trout.
Take a boat trip to Isla del Sol
Boats regularly traverse the waters across Lake Titicaca to Isla del Sol, where you can soak up the island’s quiet ambiance. According to local lore, you can watch the sunrise in the same spot where it rose thousands of years before. You’ll find plenty of signposted trails throughout the island that make navigating it easy, where you’ll be rewarded with a chance to explore sacred ruins, remote corners and idyllic landscapes on a memorable walk from one side of the island to the other.
Go mountain trekking in the Andes
Outdoor enthusiasts are spoiled for choice in Bolivia, as the Andean mountain range is home to some of the world’s most spectacular peaks. It’s here that you can marvel at Mount Aconcagua, the highest point in the Southern Hemisphere and renowned as one of the Seven Summits. Beginner hikers don’t need to be intimated by the treks, as there are trails that cater to all skill levels. Climb Huayna Potosi for a true adventure.
Observe pink flamingos at Laguna Colorada
One of Bolivia’s other unique natural wonders, Laguna Colorada is home to the world’s largest population of rare James’s flamingos in addition to Andean and Chilean varieties. Visit from December to April to see the famous pink-hued beauties, which have their color due to them feeding on the algae that thrive in the mineral-rich waters. Nicknamed “Red Lake”, Laguna Colorada is located about 14,000 feet above sea level and gives off a unique red color caused by the red sediment.
Shop for souvenirs at the Witches’ Market
If you’re up for some retail therapy, visit the Witches’ Market. Located in the backstreets of Bolivia’s capital La Paz, the unique market is a great place to pick up unique souvenirs, which small stall holders selling all things weird and wonderful. You’ll find everything from dead llama foetuses and llama-wool jumpers to dried frogs to good fortune potions. Meander through the bustling alleyways and see if you can snag a bargain on a unique souvenir.
Take an eco-tour of Madidi National Park
Stretching 7,000 square miles from the Andes deep into the Amazon, the Madidi National Park is considered one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. You can travel by boat from Rurrenabaque across the Beni river and explore the rugged terrain through winding rivers, rolling grasslands and steep slopes. You’ll have the chance to spot diverse wildlife, from sloths to squirrel monkeys before going piranha fishing, anaconda hunting and swimming with dolphins.
Walk in the footsteps of Che Guevara
Step back in time at the Che Guevara Trail. Che Guevara made his mark on history as a notable revolutionist, socialist and activist, but few realized he was also an ambitious traveler. If you’re interested in learning more about his life, follow in his footsteps to one of Bolivia’s most off-the-beat regions. Pay your respects by visiting the dusty village of La Higuera and admiring its collection of historic sites, such as a mausoleum, murals and school building where he was executed.
Watch the sunset at Valle de la Luna
Visit Valle de la Luna to see what remains of a clay and sandstone mountain that was battered over time by strong winds and rain. If you’re interested in admiring gorgeous landscapes, you’ll be mesmerized by watching a beautiful sunset here. Explore the maze of canyons and stalagmites on a guided trek of the valley to learn about its unique geography. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping activity, sign up for a cycle tour to traverse its dusty, hilly landscape.
Wander around Museo del Tesoro
A unique museum nestled in the heart of Sucre’s historic centre, Museo del Tesoro showcases some of Bolivia’s most treasured gems. This cultural institution attracts people from around the world who want to learn about its origin, technique and art of the country’s metals and stones. Browse the halls to see exhibits dedicated to mining, gemology, jewelry and architecture, then read about what life and work was like in Bolivian mines and marvel at some of the most valuable gemstones in Latin America.