Bolivia is occasionally referred to as the Tibet of the Americas, for its arid, high-altitude desert-like plateau, perhaps better expressed by its Spanish description altiplano. It is one of the most unfriendly inhabited environments on earth from shimmering Lake Titicaca, the only lake to give beginning to an empire, to the surreal Salar de Uyuni, the largest and highest salt lake in the earth – it is 20,000 SQ km of blinding white, absolutely flat nothingness.
Bolivia has also been called the Nepal of the Americas, for its Cordillera Real with virtually a thousand peaks soaring above 5,000 meters and matching just about anything the Himalayas has to offer in climbing and trekking, but with significantly fewer visitors.
The major attraction visitors have for Bolivia is its wild, unexplored all-natural splendor. The region, or the bigger aspect of it, lies off the beaten path; a huge wildness waiting to be explored and appreciated. This land-locked country at the heart and peak of South America presents outstanding trekking, especially close to Coroico and Sorata in the Cordillera Real. You can go to the Amazonian rainforests in its eastern areas by awe-inspiring airplane flights or by heart-stopping bus rides
Some vacation corporations give the adventurous week long ice-climbing and biking excursions. Immediately after a day of coaching on the mountain bike, you take off on a mountain path ringed on the sides with 800-foot drops. If that doesn’t really do it for you, a different route will go by a segment with a 14,000-foot fall. The route takes you from the peak of the Chacaltaya Mountain and goes down into the impenetrable jungles of the Zongo Valley. A short break, and then you participate in another day of schooling prior to a two-day climb up Huayna Potosi, 1 of the tallest peaks in the entire world at 20,000 feet in peak elevation.
There is More to Do
Most areas of the region are remote, and can be accessed only by extended bus rides. Holidays lasting only a couple weeks would hardly be enough to take in all that should be seen. You might have to fly to other destinations. La Paz is the leap-off point for Bolivia’s sites. From the capital La Paz, you could travel north to the town of Tiahuanaco, which preceded the incredible Inca Empire and even further north is Lake Titicaca. On the lake is the lovely Isla del Sol, in which legend states the Inca empire was born. You can also go down a terrifying but breathtaking highway to Coroico, a well-known vacation resort town in the sub-tropical Yungas valleys.
With more time, you could discover the distant corners of the Southern Altiplano. Colonial Potosi is stated to be the most fascinating of Bolivia’s towns and the location of the Spanish silver mines. Close by is the capital, Sucre, with its intriguing colonial architecture. Southwest of Potosi is Uyuni, which sets you off on a 3-4-day adventure to the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt lake. Continuing south, around the Chilean border, are deserts, volcanoes and multi-colored soda lakes covered with flamingoes. The south is also home to the vineyards of Tarija and the graveyards of dinosaurs. The Sajima National Park, close to the Chilean border, involves the highest peak in Bolivia.
East of La Paz, you escape the cold of the altiplano and go down the Amazon jungle to Brazil. The Torotoro Nationwide Park is packed with fossils, dinosaur footprints, caves and waterfalls, the serious vacation for those people who adore the unbeaten paths.
Bolivia’s latest attraction is the Chalalan Ecolodge, in the Madidi National Park, sits in the Amazon jungle. This is ecotourism in with a capital E, and the place has the largest biodiversity in the entire planet. There are more than three hundred types of birds, 1,200 butterfly species, monkeys, jaguar, tapir, caiman, and a plethora of other wildlife.
When to go
Bolivia’s streets are notoriously lousy, so you’ll want to plan around the rainy season from November to March if you want to check out the jungles. The Altiplano does not get a lot of rain, so timing is not as important although hiking trails can be muddy. June and July, the winter months, are colder but the nights are clearer, and these are the greatest months to take in the Salar de Uyuni. June to August are the busiest tourism months and hotels will be booked. The very best festivals (Carnival and Holy Week) occur in the course of the rainy season.
Preparing your excursion
Airlines are busiest from early December to mid-January and July to September. The most effective connections to La Paz are by means of Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires or Miami. The key metropolitan areas have their resorts, but absent from them, there are acceptable accommodations for every price range, which offer fantastic benefit – not magnificent but clean and well-liked with tourists.