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Landlocked Bolivia is many people’s idea of a quintessentially South American country. It has a variety of dramatic landscapes and a dominant indigenous culture, living alongside the legacy of Spain’s baroque colonial presence. This robust, but economically poor republic has a romantic, often difficult and edgy history, tinged with popular struggles and marked by the influence of over-sized, colourful characters. 

The natural scenery is stripped down to the basics: the skeletal slopes of ice-capped Andean peaks, the desolate plains of the altiplano, tree-less, rocky desert, almost vertical valleys and canyons, and unsullied jungle rainforest.

The lifestyle of the majority of the people has changed little since the time of the Conquest. Their haunting panpipe music, florid costumes and the ubiquitous llamas are recognised by most: less familiar is the blanket of pristine rainforest, the most bio-diverse of any similar jungle on the planet; the oilfields and cattle ranches of the friendly lowland oriente and the subtropical valleys brimming with citrus orchards.

High-altitude La Paz, the capital, is possibly one of the most extraordinary in the world, with maze of adobe houses clinging to steep canyon sides, dwarfed by its mountain backdrop, and a theatrical street-life.

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Spanish.

Time difference

GMT -4 hrs.

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Our insider tips for Bolivia

Climbing the Stations of the Cross to a hilltop overlooking the sapphire waters of Lake Titicaca at the quaint village of Copacabana. Its modest sandy beach inspired its namesake in Rio!

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

Perusing the witchcraft and contemporary markets of La Paz. Here you can find everything from llama foetuses to fake Raybans, and revive yourself with a Chuflay cocktail or a glass of jelly and custard.

Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

Experiencing the subtle changes in climate and vegetation as you hike down to Coroico in the Yungas, not far outside the capital: you descend from black, snow-streaked peaks through cloud forest to sunlit valleys full of tangerines.

Sarah

Sarah Bradley

Stepping out on the whiter-than-white salt pans of the far south. It’s an incredibly surreal experience.

Stuart

Stuart Whittington

What our experts say

Bolivia really is South America’s last frontier. If you are after a real adventure, away from the boutique-ification and air-conditioned luxury creeping across the much-visited highlights of neighbouring countries, here you can still find yourself virtually alone on an Andean trek or a jungle expedition.  Hike across a frozen pass under a llama’s lonely gaze, head down to isolated, forest shaded Jesuit missions deep in cattle country, savour a beef chop with the locals in an open air indian market, explore the sun-shaded alleys of crumbly colonial La Paz. I sent a year here during my back-packer travels in the 1980s and even now still get that same frisson of excitement as I drive over the frozen altiplano towards the timeless beauty of Lake Titicaca... 

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

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