With its diverse geography and climate, Bolivia is already a country of superlatives. The real surprise, however, is how determined Bolivia is to preserve its natural beauty for future visitors to enjoy.
Magical Bolivia presents numerous ways to take the breath away. Quite literally, in fact, if you find yourself hiking one of the ancient Inca trails high up among the peaks of the Cordillera Real. But in other ways too. In a world where Instagram travel has made the exotic familiar, Bolivia somehow manages to produce landscapes that grab the imagination, and discovering Bolivia still feels new. There are the historic landmarks and ancient ruins, but without the lines of tourists waiting to take their selfie. There are wildernesses to explore from the jungle to the high plains, but without a convoy of tours leaving their trace through each one. Here are just some of the highlights on offer:
Salar de Uyuni – Uyuni Salt Desert
Arguably Bolivia’s most famous natural wonder, the Salar de Uyuni cover more than 4,000 square miles, making it the world’s largest salt flats. This enchanting landscape of shimmering reflections, infinite horizons and vast tranquillity demands a few days of exploration at least.
OK, allow us to mention just one more time that this is the highest navigable lake in the world. Yet another of Bolivia’s superlative claims to fame. It’s not the altitude the visitors come for, however, it’s the attitude. Home to the Aymara indigenous community today, and the Inca civilisation before them, Lake Titicaca is an enchanting place to explore.
Chiquitania and Jesuitic Missions
Another region that is off the beaten track, Chiquitania enjoys a tropical savanna climate that is perfect for exploring by glamping excursion. Here among the curious rock formations and thermal springs, the Jesuits established their missions in the 16th century. Today, it’s the sandboarders who come on a mission to tackle the dunes at the Lomas de Arena.
Toro Toro National Park
Visit Bolivia today and you’ll come face to face (or within a safe distance of) with indigenous wildlife including llamas, jaguars, flamingos, and more. But take a trip to Toro Toro and you get an idea of the creatures once roamed this landscape in the past, thanks to the beautifully preserved dinosaur footprints.