Flamingos, Siloli Desert, Bolivia

Bolivia Holidays

The place for travellers to immerse themselves completely into a culture. While the facilities on offer are typically simple compared to its neighbours, the culture, wildlife and landscapes are anything but.

Bolivia is a rugged jewel nestled in the very heart of South America. Landlocked by its affluent neighbours, it remains the poorest country in South America but what it lacks economically is more than compensated for with a wealth of indigenous culture, striking scenery and unique people.

A combination of colourful clothing, bustling markets and wide landscapes make Bolivia a photographic paradise.

Potosi main square
Bolivia

What to expect on your Bolivia holiday

The first thing you’ll notice in Bolivia is the altitude, which takes time to adjust to. The capital La Paz sits at 3,600m above sea level. Potosi is the highest city in the world, sitting at 4,090m and Lake Titicaca famously sits at 3,800m. Don’t rush into a busy schedule of sightseeing. Take it gently and allow time to acclimatise for the first couple of days.

Even more noticeable than the altitude is the contrast in climate between the chilly highlands, where temperatures drop dramatically at night, and the hot steamy jungles which support such a glittering display of wildlife and plants.

Explore Bolivia

  • Lake Titicaca
  • Salar De Uyuni
  • Southern Deserts
  • Sucre

Experiences

Discover some of our suggested activities to include on your Bolivia holiday

Female Jaguar, Brazilian Amazon

Track Big Cats

In the company of an expert local tracker, look out for some of the world’s most elusive big cats that include ocelots, jaguars and pumas.

Clavija procera, snake bite remedy, Ecuadorian Amazon

Learn Amazonian Medicine

Discover the natural medicinal properties of the rare plants of the Amazon, such as wasai and cordoncillo, which are used for kidney health and anaesthetic respectively.

Suggested Holiday Idea

South American Tapir, Amazon

River Eslabon

Trek over forest paths, looking out for spider tapirs, deer and wild boar, to reach River Eslabon and bathe in its pools.

Amazonian Boat, Brazil

Cruise the Amazon

Sail on the world’s mightiest river during an authentic Amazon cruise that navigates far off the beaten track.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Pink Dolphins, Samiria National Reserve, Amazon Rainforest, Peru

Search for Pink River Dolphins

Head out to try and find the elusive and magnificent pink river dolphins, which only live in the fresh waters of the Amazon Rainforest.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Pastaza River Basin, Amazon Rainforest

Amazonian Country-Hopping

Consider exploring the Amazon in more than one country, moving between Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Colombia or Bolivia to experience the remotest corners of the Amazon Basin.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Negro River, Amazon, Brazil

Swing in a Hammock

After a morning of adventure, head back to your cabin to swing in a hammock to read a good book (or simply for a siesta).

Suggested Holiday Idea

Macaws, Peruvian Amazon

Explore Madidi National Park

Adventure on foot with a naturalist guide in to the Madidi National Park, an area that overflows with wildlife such as macaws, hummingbirds and anaconda.

Bags of food, Tarabuco Market, Sucre, Bolivia

Tarabuco Markets

Visit indigenous market of Tarabuco where coins are not necessarily the best currency to use.

Siloli Desert, Bolivia

Desert Adventure

Sleep the night in the Siloli Desert, the highest desert in the world.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Luna Salada Hotel £££££

  • Bolivia
  • Unusual

The Luna Salada Hotel is situated on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in the Colchani area, 30 minutes from the town of Uyuni. This location provides views of the impressive flats. Built entirely from local salt bricks, this rustic hotel even has furniture made from salt, including the beds and chairs. The hotel has 49 rooms, of varying styles and sizes, some with salt lake views. They are tastefully decorated, have a snug and relaxing feel to them with very comfortable beds and welcoming pillows. There is a large restaurant with great views over the white desert which serves delicious meals. The hotel also has a spa with sauna and jacuzzi.

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Tayka Desert Hotel, Ojo de Perdiz £££££

  • Bolivia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

A small community-run hotel in a very remote area of the Siloli Desert in southern Bolivia. Located between the Chilean Hito Cajon border and the Uyuni Salt Flats, it is the only place to stay in the area. Ojo de Perdiz has 30 simple rooms. Due to the location, electricity comes from solar power and is only available between 6 pm and 10 pm and there is no Wi-Fi or mobile coverage. What it does have is friendly staff, good food and incredible uninterrupted views all around.

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Casa Grande Hotel £££££

  • Bolivia
  • City

Casa Grande Hotel is a high-end property located in a stylish residential district of Southern La Paz, a journey of approx. 20 minutes from the downtown region. The property offers great views over the city and surrounding mountains and features 65 rooms all in a contemporary style. Hotel facilities include an indoor heated pool, a gym, a spa, a bar and a restaurant.

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Palacio del Sal £££££

  • Bolivia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Hotel Palacio del Sal is located on the edge of Colchani on the eastern shore of the salt lake and is built purely of salt. Not only are the floors, walls and ceilings made from salt, but so are most of the tables, chairs and beds. The hotel is warm, friendly and stylishly decorated with cosy sitting areas complete with log burners. There are 30 rooms featuring conical ceilings made from large salt blocks and bright furnishings which contrast with the salt walls. The restaurant is spacious and serves buffet meals.

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Inca Utama Hotel & Spa £££££

  • Bolivia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Inca Utama is on the edge of Lake Titicaca. As well as being a hotel, it also offers a cultural experience with an Andean village complete with Urus-Chipayas mud igloos where many native arts are demonstrated. The hotel comprises of 67 lake view rooms and suites complete with electric blankets. There is an overwater restaurant to take dinner and the panoramic views of the lake and mountains.

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Parador Santa Maria La Real £££££

  • Bolivia
  • Boutique

This delightful hotel is ideally located in the colonial city of Sucre and is set in a traditional 18th-century mansion that has been beautifully restored to its former glory. Its 40 rooms and suites are spacious and tastefully furnished with antiques, and breakfast can be taken in one of the courtyards or in the grand dining room. There is a spa with gym equipment, treatment rooms and both indoor and outdoor jacuzzis with wonderful views over the surrounding rooftops and churches. The roof terrace overlooks the city and is a beautiful spot to relax after a day of exploring the attractive city on foot.

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