Lake Titicaca Bolivia
Not far from La Paz lies the world's highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca. Sky blue hues hit the depths of the lake…
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.
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.
Discover some of our suggested activities to include on your Bolivia holiday
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.
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.
Trek over forest paths, looking out for spider tapirs, deer and wild boar, to reach River Eslabon and bathe in its pools.
Sail on the world’s mightiest river during an authentic Amazon cruise that navigates far off the beaten track.
Head out to try and find the elusive and magnificent pink river dolphins, which only live in the fresh waters of the Amazon Rainforest.
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.
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).
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.
Visit indigenous market of Tarabuco where coins are not necessarily the best currency to use.
Our Bolivia experts have created and curated these holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something to spark ideas for a unique adventure.
Hotels tend to be small, privately owned and, while being full of atmosphere and delightful, are simple. Rooms will have private bathrooms and air conditioning or heating, but while facilities are perfectly adequate, they will be limited.
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Hot, steamy and lush, James has explored the extremes of this fascinating country including the resting place of Che Guevara and where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid where purported to have been shot
Absolutely. From the salt flats then it works particularly well to travel to or from Chile’s Atacama desert. From La Paz and Lake Titicaca then you can easily reach Peru and Argentina is another possibility from the South of Bolivia.
Luxury isn’t usually a label applied to Bolivia holidays but it is certainly possible to travel fairly comfortably. Part of the charm of the country is that a relatively simple infrastructure prevents more visitors from arriving. In reality, this can make for some bumpy road journeys but internal flights work well for any larger distances. There are some quirky accommodation options such as airstream campers on the salt flats, salt hotels, beautiful colonial hotels and also some boutique options in La Paz.
The incredible Salar de Uyuni is a must when travelling in Bolivia and the best time to travel is usually from April through to October. June to August are the coldest months so you do need to be prepared to wrap up warm, particularly at night. During the coldest months there is also a chance of snowfall that can sometimes disrupt overland border crossings into Chile.
Bolivia is certainly a country with a lot of beautiful areas at high altitude so it is pretty much impossible to travel here and avoid being high above sea level. We can share lots of tips about how to prepare for altitude and to cope with it. The planning of your trip is also essential and we always take into account a slower pace to allow for acclimatisation.
Traditional Bolivian cuisine often includes corn, potatoes, beans & rice as well as chicken, pork and beef. Around Lake Titicaca fresh trout is the speciality. Food is tasty and hearty with lunch being the main meal of the day. In La Paz there are some wonderful restaurants including Gusto, a Claus Meyer restaurant. As well as local food there are international options available in hotels and larger towns and cities.
Due to Bolivia’s high elevation, many travellers experience the effects of altitude. However, few suffer from altitude sickness. Unfortunately, it is hard to predict who
will be affected. If you have visited high-altitude areas before and been unaffected, then you are likely to be fine.
Whilst altitude sickness can only be cured by descending, the effects of altitude can be mitigated by staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol and ascending slowly. If you are
particularly concerned, then please talk to your local GP, as they can prescribe preventative medicines e.g. Diamox.
Mobile phone coverage is excellent in Bolivian cities and around tourist destinations, but can be far less comprehensive in rural areas. As always, roaming charges will apply and these can be quite expensive. However, it is cheap and easy to obtain a local SIM card, which will offer far cheaper rates.
Bolivia is four hours behind GMT. It does not observe daylight saving time.
Flights from London to La Paz, via Bogota or Lima, take approximately 17 hours.
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