Bolivia is an extraordinary destination where contrasting extremes range from the luminous white salt flats of Salar de Uyuni and the arid Atacama Desert to the vast, impenetrable Amazon rainforest and towering peaks of the Andes.
Discover indigenous cultures, marvel at colonial architecture, uncover archaeological treasures and witness the mystical serenity of Lake Titicaca – the legendary birthplace of the Incas – whose shores are shared with neighbouring Peru.
Nestled in a deep canyon surrounded by craggy peaks, the breathtaking setting of La Paz is dominated by the snow-capped peak of Mount Illimani. Home to more indigenous people than anywhere else in Latin America, Bolivia’s capital is a delightful fusion of modern and traditional. The native Aymarán people have lived in the Andes for over 2000 years and are very proud of their cultural heritage. Aymarán women brighten the bustling streets with their traditional clothing which runs the spectrum of the rainbow.
The eastern side of the vast and beautiful Lake Titicaca is set on the scenic shores of Bolivia. Traditional Aymarán villages line the scenic shores and the pilgrimage town of Copacabana houses a shrine to Bolivia’s patron saint – the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana. The Bolivian side of the lake also boasts the rugged Sun and Moon Islands which are rich in mythology and home to more than 150 Inca settlements. Explore the cultures of the indigenous people and discover one of the Americas’ oldest civilisations at nearby Tiwanaku.
This dazzling white expanse of the Salar de Uyuni stretches endlessly across the desolate landscape, broken only by a bright blue sky dotted with mountains peaks. This incredible landscape is reputed to contain a staggering 10 billion tons of salt that measure up to ten metres in thickness and 40,000 years ago it was part of a giant lake that dried up and transformed into a modern natural wonder. During the wet season (January to March) a layer of water covers the flat, creating a perfect panoramic reflection of the sky on its shimmering surface.