Think you know South America? Think again. Bolivia sits bold, rugged and surreal in the centre of the continent gazing down from the highest plains and Andean peaks towards moon-like salt flats and largely undiscovered jungle.
Yet despite its huge biodiversity, it’s to Bolivia’s credit that it remains one of the least discovered countries of Latin America. While neighbouring Peru and Ecuador attract larger numbers of visitors, there is a rare world waiting to be discovered in this country of epic contrast. Bolivia offers outstanding natural beauty and a fascinating cultural blend like no other country.
Instead of luxury hotels, you’ll find dramatic landscapes and a sense of real exploration. There are jungles awarded ‘most diverse on the planet’ where pumas, jaguars and bears roam and new unique species are occasionally discovered.
From the numinous witch doctor’s market of La Paz to the islands that supposedly spawned the Inca Empire, there’s mystery and intrigue at every turn. See theatrical street life unfold in La Paz or in the Seventeenth Century gold mine towns such as Potosi, while cerulean-blue Lake Titicaca is a serene place to relax.
Remote, challenging and beautiful, Bolivia will make your head spin and heart thump, and it comes with the guarantee of becoming a rewarding favourite.
When to go
We suggest going when it’s the dry season from May to October. Beautiful sapphire blue skies and smoother travel arrangements as well as less humid jungles beckon.