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Top things to do in Bolivia
When it comes to big backpacking adventures, most travellers make Asia their continent of choice. But why follow the crowds to India, Thailand and Vietnam when you could have a truly off-the-beaten path experience in South America. Bolivia might be one of the poorest countries in South America but it’s rich in culture, incredible scenery and vibrant cities that are just waiting to be explored. And without a McDonald’s or Starbucks in sight, you know you’re in for a truly authentic travel experience.
Get some Perspective at Salar de Uyuni
Okay so the town of Uyuni itself is pretty unremarkable, but it’s the base for exploring one of the best attractions in South America – the Uyuni Salt Flats. Expect miles and miles of flat white salt plains where you can take one of the famous perspective pictures that make it look as if someone if lifting you into the air. If you’re lucky enough to visit in the rainy season the layer of water on top of the salt turns the flats into the ‘World’s Largest Mirror’ for some truly breath-taking photo opportunities. You’ll also see flamingos, beautiful lagoons and amazing other-worldly landscapes along the way.
Jeeps leave Uyuni daily and you can take a circular 3-5 day route or continue into Chile on a tour that finishes in San Pedro de Atacama.
Get stranded on the Isla del Sol
Isla del Sol is one of the biggest islands on Titicaca and is home to ruins, mountains and truly breath-taking scenery. It’s doable as a day trip from Copacabana, but the best way to experience it is to camp overnight where you can watch the sun set over the lake. There’s no Wi-Fi here so it truly is an authentic experience.
Explore La Paz
Reaching 4000m at points, La Paz is the highest capital in the world and it’s certainly a city like no other. At the Witches’ Market you can pick up souvenirs such as llama foetuses and love potions as well as the traditional alpaca jumpers and keyrings. The city is also famous for its cable car rides so be sure to take one to El Alto and discover the Sunday market. While you’re there, be sure to join the locals in cheering at the Cholita Wrestling – where else can you watch ladies in traditional outfit and bowler hats throwing punches at each other? Just outside of La Paz you can also visit the Valley of the Moon which is famous for its other-worldy rock formations.
Relax in Sucre
Bolivia is an amazing country to explore and you’re bound to have some great experiences, but travelling here is bound to take it out of you at some point. Most travellers end up in Sucre after visiting the salt flats and though there isn’t a great deal to see and do here you won’t want to pass up the chance to relax and unwind in ‘The White City’. Once you’ve explored Freedom House and the beautiful architecture, Sucre is a great place to meet other travellers and drink and party until the early hours.