Straddling the Andes, Bolivia is one of the lesser visited countries in the region, but is also one that captures the hearts of those who travel to this rewarding hidden corner. Bolivia holidays take in some of the most spectacular wildernesses in South America, from the snow-capped Andean mountain ranges down to the lush forests of the Amazon basin, and from sparkling lakes and altiplano to bright white salt flats. Landlocked in the heart of the South America, this little country is home to some of the most untouched areas of the Amazon Rainforest, which can be best explored from eco-lodges. In contrast to this steamy tropical jungle, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world at a height of 3,800 metres, with its cold waters averaging a surface temperature of between 10-12 °C. With shorelines in both Bolivia and Peru, the lake is included in many holidays to Bolivia as well as Peru.
Bolivia's colonial towns and cities
Also not to be missed are the colonial towns of Sucre (a UNESCO world heritage site) and the silver mining centre of Potosi. Both are well-preserved examples of the country's Spanish past, and Sucre in particular has buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. La Paz too has much to interest visitors - Bolivia's largest city has lively traditional markets, museums, coffee shops and great views of snowy Mt Illimani on a clear day. Take your woollens though as the high altitude means its pretty cool year round.
Uyuni Salt Flats
For good reason it's difficult to find an advert for holidays in Latin America without an image of Bolivia's extraordinary Uyuni Salt Flats. Covering a vast area in southern Bolivia, the gleam from the miles of glistening salt crust mean that sunglasses and sun cream are essential as you travel across the flats by four-wheel drive. A trip out onto the flats with one of the new AirStream Campers is our top recommendation, as the experience of waking up to views that literally go on for miles is truly unique.
Bolivia holidays and tours
With its hauntingly beautiful rugged terrain and colourful indigenous customs and festivals, this is a fascinating country. There is more than enough to see and do on holidays to Bolivia to justify a trip here in its own right, however it can easily be combined with both Peru and Chile, as well as Argentina and Brazil.
For first-hand advice on Bolivia holidays, either as an in-depth exploration of just Bolivia or as part of a multi-country trip that includes its neighbours, call our specialist South America team on 020 7666 1260 or email us to start planning your trip.