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5 Reasons to Visit Bolivia in 2018

Bolivia, situated in the heart of South America, is one of only two landlocked countries in the continent. It is a country of superlatives-with an incredible diversity of landscapes from the vast Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats),  the ecologically packed Amazon Jungle, the Andean Peaks to the crystal blue waters of Lake Titicaca– the largest navigable lake in South America. It also encompasses  South America’s largest percentage of indigenous people-making it not only geographically diverse but culturally fascinating. Bolivians love a Parade or a Festival and there is nearly always a colourful celebration going on. There are so many highlights in this incredible country, but here are 5 to whet your appetite

  1. La Paz – at an altitude of about 3500m, and more in places, is a fascinating city. Boasting the highest international airport in the world and the world’s largest and highest urban cable car system you’ll need to take time to acclimatise to the altitude when you first arrive. The teleferico (cable car system) is a great, inexpensive way to explore the city. The Witches Market is a fascinating place to visit. Many indigenous Bolivians still practice Andean customs and use natural remedies to cure illnesses. At the Witches Market, dried llama foetuses, amulets, aphrodisiac formulas, dried herbs and frogs are on sale to bring health, love, wealth and longevity into peoples’ lives.

       

2. Salar de Uyuni – the  largest salt deposit concentration in the world and once part of a prehistoric lake.  A truly unique landscape and great for all those ‘forced perspective’ photos. How creative can you be?

3. Bolivian Jungle –  one of the most biodiverse spots on earth and just stunning! Look out for macaws, parrots, alligators, capybaras, jaguars, turtles, tapir, pink dolphins, anaconda (!), squirrel, howler, titi and spider monkeys. ..to name a few!

4. Lagoons, Geysers and Hot springs – Reserva Nacional Eduardo Avaroa in south west Bolivia is home to Laguna Verde (green), Laguna Colorado (red) and Laguna Hedionda (stinky!). All live fully up to their names! Three of the world’s six species of flamingos live in this area. The scenery is spectacular . You can experience the hot springs at first hand-don’t forget your bathers. The bubbling mass of mud and steam geysers is a sight to see.

5. Cholita Wrestling – you’ll either love or hate it! This female wrestling in Paz, by petticoat-skirt clad, bowler- hatted women is a theatrical spectacle and tough! The matches are supposed to be confined to the ring but the ‘fight’ often spreads out to the auditorium…drinks get spilled and spectators might attract attention!

If you are interested in visiting Bolivia , here are a few of the trips we have on offer

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