Bolivia is a beautiful, geographically diverse, multiethnic Democracy in the heart of South America. It is bordered by Brazil to the northeast, Peru to the northwest, Chile to the southwest, Argentina and Paraguay to the south. It shares control of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake (elevation 3,805m or 12484 ft) with Peru and has the highest capital, La Paz at 3,640m11,942 ft.
Sometimes referred to as the Tibet of the Americas, Bolivia is one of the most "remote" countries in the western hemisphere; except for the navigable Paraguay River stretching to the distant Atlantic, Bolivia and Paraguay are the only two landlocked nations in the Americas. It is also the most indigenous country, with 60% of its population being of pure Native American ancestry, that has preserved its native languages and much of its traditional way of life. Colonial villages, Jesuit missions, Lake Titicaca, the Uyuni salt flats, the desert southwest, Amazonian rainforests and Andean landscapes are all great city escapes, but to truly appreciate Bolivia, a visit to LaPaz and exploration of its history and cultural beliefs is a must.
What’s To Love in Bolivia
Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco National Park Safari
One of the largest forests on Earth lies in the arid climate of the Tucavaca Valley, home to hundreds of species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and famed for its mammals. Unique inhabitants include black howler monkeys, giant armadillos, maned wolves, pumas, tapirs, and the largest draw: the jaguar.
Hop aboard a 4x4 to track one of South America’s most elusive predators; with more than 1,000 jaguars recorded inside Kaa-Iya Park, it is considered one of the premier destinations in the Americas to see a jaguar roaming freely in the wild.
Explore the Jesuit Missions
Visit Santiago de Chiquitos, one of the few remaining Jesuit missions left from the 18th century, a beautiful homage to a former culture and people that were expelled by the Spanish centuries ago.
View La Paz from its Cable Cars
In the valleys of the Andes, the sparkling city of La Paz sits perched at almost 12,000 feet above sea level, the highest de facto capital city in the world. The series of cable cars that connect the city make up the world’s longest and highest cable system, an experience not to be missed with stunning views of the city’s many vistas.
Venture into the Other World
Venture deeper into the city’s customs and cultures, exploring the cultural syncretism that has bred a mirage of traditions, rituals, and religions; observe the worshipping of Aymara deities, wander through The Witch’s Market where bizarre items are sold for ceremonies, and witness the mystical work of the Kallaways, traditional healers.
Explore the Markets
Wander through one of the oldest markets in the city tasting traditional delicacies, peruse beautifully embroidered clothing, explore the vibrant colors and decadent structures of the sparkling El Alto city.
Get a Taste of Traditional Village Life Lake Titicaca
Take a traditional totora reed boat along the world’s highest navigable lake, enjoying views of the snow-capped Cordillera Real mountain range and stopping at the village of Huatajata to discover what life is like along the lake and share a traditional meal.
Step Back into the 15th Century
Amidst the grandeur of Lake Titicaca lies a sacred island, Isla del Sol preserving more than 80 ruins of the Inca civilization dating back to 15th century AD and only accessible by foot. Spend the day exploring the dramatic ruins of the island interspersed with tiny indigenous villages.
Bizarre, crazy, empowering and hilarious are just some of the words used to describe one of La Paz’s most unusual attractions. Inspired by America’s WWF and Mexico’s famous lucha libre, Cholita Wrestling is a one-of-a-kind event, featuring Bolivian women battling it out in spectacular fashion, complete with colorful costumes and enthusiastic antics.
Camp in an Airstream in Salar de Uyuni
The Airstream campers in the Uyuni Salt flats offer an incredible setting from which to explore this unique, vast open landscape in relative luxury.
Bolivia is a destination to visit all year round. The summer months in Bolivia span from November through March when the weather is typically warmer and wetter. April through October, the winter months, are typically colder and drier. If you are looking to travel to the Highlands, it is best to visit between April and October, avoiding the summer rains.
Bolivia's climate varies drastically with altitude and from one climatic zone to another. It ranges from humid and tropical to cold and semiarid. In most parts of the country winters are dry and summers are somewhat wet. Despite its tropical latitude, the altitude of cities like La Paz keeps things cool, and warm clothing is advised year-round.
Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in Bolivia can run from $400 - $800 + USD per person per day, primarily dependent upon lodging and experiences. Quoted Tour prices include accommodations, guides, excursions, entrance fees, ground transfers, all breakfasts. Glamping and camping in out of the way places are full board including all meals and beverages.
Tour proposals exclude international flights, travel insurance, and gratuities. Each proposal will detail all inclusions and exclusions for clarity.