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Bolivia is a country in central South America, with a varied terrain from the Andes, the Atacama Desert and the rain forest in the Amazon basin. At more than 3,500 m high, its administrative capital, La Paz, is located in the Altiplano of the Andes with the snowy Mount Illimani in the background. Nearby is the crystalline Lake Titicaca, the largest on the continent, which straddles the border with Peru.
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Lake Titicaca and the Island of the Sun
Lake Titicaca what to see in Bolivia
Lake Titicaca is shared by Peru and Bolivia.
It is the highest navigable lake in the world and there, on one of its islands, they say that the Inca civilization was born. There is nothing.
It was specifically on the Isla del Sol, a mystical place full of magic (and flames) where everything has a special golden color.
It is one of the most important places to visit in Bolivia, and it is no wonder.
A couple of hours by boat from the town of Copacabana you will reach this Island of the Sun where you will go back a few centuries.
There, electricity is scarce and the two peoples that inhabit the island, the Yumani and the Challapampa, are currently fighting for a land that they do not want to see open to tourism.
Island of the Sun Bolivia
At least the seconds, which do not allow the passage to their area, where they follow their pre-Columbian rituals and venerate their gods in the temples built there. (It reminded me for a second of San Juan Chamula, in Chiapas)
Salar de Uyuni Bolivia
Of course, the Bolivian tourist destination par excellence and for me, the best of Bolivia: the Salar de Uyuni.
If they ask you what is the most important tourist place in Bolivia, the one that is worth visiting, yes or yes, that will be the salar.
Undoubtedly, one of the essential places to visit in Bolivia, this has something mystical place.
The first time you step out of the Jeep and step on it, an endless chill will send you down the spine.
It is recommended to visit the Salar de Uyuni both in the rainy season (from November to March, to see the mirror effect) and in the dry season. They will seem like two different places,but equally unforgettable.
Bolivia what to see, if you are lucky that it has previously rained and the sky has cleared, you will be able to see the so famous mirror effect, where the horizon ceases to exist and it seems that everything joins there in the distance.
In the surroundings, you will see the Laguna Colorada with lots of flamingos, you will see geysers and terrain that looks like something out of science fiction movies. Probably the Salar de Uyuni will be the high point of your visit to Bolivia, and a place that you will not forget in your life. A totally unique experience.
In the north of the country, just 40 minutes by plane from its non-capital La Paz, you will arrive in Rurrenabaque, a town of 19,000 inhabitants that serves as the gateway to the Bolivian Amazon.
From there, you can visit the Madidi Natural Park and enter the wildest jungle, one of the essential things to do in Bolivia.
From Rurrenbaque you will reach the Yacuma River, a tributary of the Amazon tributary, and just as inhospitable.
At his sides, protecting him, alligators, turtles, howler monkeys, pink river dolphins, and the occasional anaconda. Here everything moves, everything breathes.
With temperatures that can touch 36 ° C and a relative humidity of 95%, you will notice the most extreme atmospheric conditions in the interior of the jungle.
Your trip through the heart of Latin America cannot be complete without going to one of the most important places to see in Bolivia.
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La Paz, an essential city to visit in Bolivia, everyone who sets foot in Bolivia probably very much set foot in La Paz.
Its El Alto International Airport is located at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.
Did you know that La Paz is the city with the highest altitude in the world? Here the soroche, or altitude sickness, hits hard.
The pace in this city always slows down, and each step that is climbed costs an enormous effort. There is 30% less oxygen in the air, and it shows.
It is noticeable when heating water, when doing digestion and especially when walking through the city (which, by the way, is all slopes).
La Paz has many essentials to see:
the Killi Killi, one of the most spectacular urban viewpoints in the world, a Jaén street full of legends and mystery, a Witches' Market with shamanic remedies for everything, and a Valley of the Moon that will transport you to another place to visit in bolivia.
It is a city that instead of a metro has a cable car, connecting the main points of the city.
Today there are seven lines that offer you a tremendous perspective of a city that seems to have no end.
If you want more information about what to see in La Paz, Bolivia, we have specific articles with tours of several days through the main points of the city.
Cochabamba, if you are looking for more places to visit in Bolivia, Cochabamba should be on your list. Delineated by the folds and contours of the altiplano and the Andes, Cochabamba is encuenters between Santa Cruz and La Paz.
A city with more than 500,000 people that impresses with its spectacular geographical location.
You cannot stop strolling through the lively stalls of La Cancha and taste the chicha beers in its famous squares.
You can also do hiking and hang gliding activities where you will have incredible views of the snowy Tunari peaks.