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Bolivia

Info

Logistics

  • We traveled to Bolivia in September.
  • Trip Duration: 7-10 days minimum (but if you have extra time, you should definitely take it)
  • If you're traveling from a country with yellow fever risk or you have traveled to a country with yellow fever risk, you'll need to bring proof of yellow fever vaccination.

Tidbits

  • Indigenous people make up about two-thirds of Bolivia's population.
  • Given the high elevation of the country, we recommend heading to La Paz first and acclimating for a couple days before journeying to other areas.
  • Bolivia has a few different climates so be sure to pack for chillier weather as well as warmer weather. And don't underestimate the strength of the sun, be sure to pack sunblock.

Experience

Lake Titicaca

You should spend a couple days exploring all that Lake Titicaca has to offer - we loved Isla del Sol and trekking along Inca Trails, experiencing a Kallawaya ceremony, and the views of the lake with the Andes in the background.

Urus Iruitos Floating Islands

Meet the indigenous families of the Urus Iruitos whose culture dates back to 5,000 BC and who reside on islands made of totora reeds. Witness them hand make souvenirs before your eyes, then take some home!

Salar de Uyuni

A massive area to explore, we recommend checking out Isla Incahuasi, the World Flags, and Thunupa Volcano. If you can, stay overnight to see the sky fills with stars and galaxies.

Explore

La Paz

We loved the markets and recommend buying a poncho of real wool at Sagarnaga Street, looking out for the Cholitas who wear their traditional outfits with pride, and checking out the mystical Witch Doctor's Market. If you're buying souvenirs, make sure they're locally made!

Mi Teleférico

An incredibly sustainable (and cheap) way to travel around La Paz with views from a drone's eye perspective. Journey out to El Alto via cable car to see the vibrant and colorful neighborhoods. During rush hour, the cable cars do get busy so we recommend traveling during off-peak times.

Valle de la Luna & El Valle de las Animas

Check out El Valle de las Animas during sunset and Valle de la Luna during the day for best lighting. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes as you roam throughout the valleys.

Yungas Road (Death Road)

We highly recommend hiring a driver to take you on this road rather than driving it yourself. Whether you choose to drive, to hire a driver, or to bike it, these experience is full of adrenaline and rewarding views.

La Senda Verde Animal Sanctuary

Having rescued over 800 animals of 60+ different species, this sanctuary is one we highly recommend visiting and volunteering at on your travel. Interestingly, the humans are the ones in the cages while the bears and cats roam free. You should also try to stay overnight in the treehouse, though monkeys might wake you up the next day!

Train Graveyard

Located in the Salar de Uyuni, this spot is a photographer's paradise for unique shots that make you feel like you're on a movie set. We went around lunch time, and it was empty, but you can also catch great lighting and few crowds around sunrise and sunset as well.

Stay

Posada Del Inca Eco Lodge

Comunidad Yumani, Isla del Sol, Bolivia

An aesthetically-pleasing building design, surrounded by llamas.

Stay in an Airstream

A unique and secluded experience including a private chef and unreal sunrises and sunsets.

Map

Bolivia

A country that can take you from the snow-capped mountains down to the rainforest in a matter of hours, every spot visited offers uniqueness in ecosystems and culture.

La Paz

One of the highest cities in the world, the vibrancy of the streets, markets and people of La Paz is sure to take your breath away.

Mi Teleférico

The world’s largest high-altitude urban cable-car system will take you over and across the city with unparalleled, unobstructed views.

Valle de la Luna & El Valle de las Animas

Just 30 minutes outside La Paz is where you can check out Valle de la Luna & El Valle de las Animas, two geological wonders that seem otherworldly.

Yungas Road (Death Road)

A dauntingly named, narrow road will take you from the city to snow-capped mountains to the rainforest all within a day.

Lake Titicaca

The largest lake in South America with many gems to discover within from Isla del Sol to the Kallawayas.

Urus Iruitos Floating Islands

A culture that dates back to 5,000 B.C., these indigenous families live on totora reed-made islands in Lake Titicaca.

La Senda Verde Animal Sanctuary

This sanctuary seeks to rehabilitate animals victim to trafficking and poaching, and provide them with safe haven. Click on the info bar above to learn more.

Posada Del Inca Eco Lodge

Located on Isla del Sol, this eco lodge is a 20 minute hike from the dock but well worth it given its charm and farm to table practices.

Salar de Uyuni

The flattest place in the world that claims your shadow can go on for a mile at sunset.

Train Graveyard

A train cemetery full of disintegrating trains imported from Britain in the 20th century provides a unique playground for explorers.

Stay in an Airstream

An experience unparalleled, book an Airstream in the most remote parts of the salt flats to feel as though you have the entire place to yourself.