Landlocked and far less visited than many of its neighbours, Bolivia is the dark horse of Latin America – warm, welcoming and spectacularly beautiful.
La Paz and the silver mines of Potosi
Arrive in the distinctly Latin American city of La Paz and explore this fascinating city with dramatic Andean views before travelling on to the colonial town of Potosi, whose silver mines are said to have produced enough of the precious metal to build a solid silver bridge from there to Madrid. You can still get a sense of the city’s rich past from its impressive baroque architecture.
Uyuni salt flat and Lake Titicaca
Travel south to the otherworldly salt flats of Uyuni, staying in one of the small hotels built of crystalline rock salt or in a deluxe Airstream Camper. Visit the islands of Isla Incawasi and Isla Cajchi, two oases formed of algae and fossils that are these days covered in giant columnar catci that can grow to heights of over 12 metres. Dine outdoors on the salt lake and experience some of the world’s very best stargazing. Then fly north to La Paz and venture on by road and river to the Amazon jungle.
Madidi National Park
This amazing national park runs from the Andes at over 6,000 metres in altitude down to low-lying tropical Amazon jungle and river basin. Simple eco-lodges can be reached by flying to Rurrenabaque and continuing by motor launch on the Beni River for several hours. While the accommodation is rustic this is more than made up for by the rich biodiversity of the surrounding rainforest. This wilderness remains one of the least touched and wildlife-rich areas anywhere in the Amazon.