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Things to do in Bolivia: Discover 7 unique attractions of 2022!

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September 21, 2022
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Travelers often overlook Bolivia for its neighbors, Peru, Brazil, or Argentina. But Bolivia truly packs a punch when it comes to unique attractions. Ready to traverse the Death Road or take a 4x4 drive over a prehistoric lake? Then continue reading to learn more about Bolivia’s top 7 attractions. 

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Bolivia is teeming with attractions, so it’s best to start with the country’s top landmarks. 

Bolivia’s wide variety of landscapes is thanks to its terrain that spans the Atacama Desert, the Andes Mountains, and the Amazon Basin rainforest. The types of activities and trips you can do in this one country alone are nothing short of mind-blowing. 

If you’re considering traveling to Bolivia but want to take a whole trip through South America, check out these 6 best South American tours before you start booking your flights.

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Bolivia’s Top 7 Must-See Attractions

7. Take a ride on the world’s highest and longest cable car system 

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Why do a walking tour when you can do a tour from the sky? There’s more than one way to see Bolia’s capital.

At 3,650 m above sea level, the cable car of La Paz makes you feel like you’re soaring over the city. You can do a tour of La Paz by cable car end enjoy the city from a vantage point that’s will take your breath away. 

But, if you’d rather get to know the city with your feet planted firmly on the ground, you can also opt for a walking tour of La Paz.

6. Wander the magnificent Valley of the Moon (Valle de la Luna)

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The Valley of the Moon is a geological formation only about 40 minutes from downtown La Paz. It used to be a clay and sandstone mountain, but strong winds and rains have eroded this mountain and left a lunar-like landscape in its wake. 

Legend has it that Neil Armstrong gave it the name “Valley of the Moon” because it reminded him of the craters he saw during his trip to the moon. Whether this is true or not, the fact remains that Valle de la Luna is an out of this world spot that you don’t want to skip.

You can easily visit the area on a guided tour or even just grab a bus or taxi and explore at your own pace.

5. Bike across North Yungas Road 

The North Yungas Road comes with a clear warning: it’s not one for the faint-hearted. 

You might have heard of the North Yungas Road referred to as the “Death Road.” This treacherous road is regarded as one of the most dangerous routes on earth. 

The North Yungas Road connects the cities of La Paz and Yungas, and you can travel the road bicycle or motorcycle. 

As incredible as the experience is, bear in mind that many people have lost their lives on this route. It’s worth the thrill and adventure, but just make sure you take the trip with people you can trust.

4. Watch the sunset from Isla del Sol 

The relatively small island of IsIsla del Sol is regarded as one of South America's most sacred pieces of land.

Isla del Sol means “Island of the Sun”. In local folk lore the island is believed to be the birthplace of the sun and the Inca bloodline. 

If you’re looking for something a bit off the popular tourist route, then Isla del Sol is the place for you! The island is small enough to explore in a day, but you might want to stick around for a bit longer to soak up the slow pace of life on Isla del Sol. Don’t expect any over-the-top luxury accommodations or amenities, simply authentic charm.

Isla del Sol has an extensive network of walking tracks, so it’s easy to explore on foot. It’s called the sun's birthplace for good reason, so be prepared and bring enough water and protection against the heat. 

Pro tip: don’t forget to carry some extra cash with you when you visit Isla del Sol. The lack of card machines is part of the old-school appeal.

3. Catch your breath in magical Lake Titicaca

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Be ready for some extreme altitudes in Bolivia. Lake Titicaca lies at 3,812 meters above sea level, so you might need to take it slow and give yourself time to acclimatise.

It sounds like an extreme destination, but travelers who brave the altitudes are rewarded with a magical sight of crystalline waters glittering under snowcapped peaks. 

Lake Titicaca is seen as one of the country’s most magical destinations. 

2. Travel back in time in Sucre

The city of Sucre is known as the “City of Four Names.” So if you hear someone talking about La Plata, Chuquisaca or Charcas, you know they’re talking Sucre.

Sucre is a colonial architectural gem that was founded in the 1500s by the Spaniards. 

There’s plenty to see in Sucre such as La Casa de la Libertad which is the spot where Simón Bolívar wrote the Bolivian Constitution in 1826.

If you don’t know where to start exploring, head to Plaza 25 de Mayo. The square is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful squares in South America. 

To truly get a feel for the old city, why not start your stay with a walking tour of Sucre. 

1. Strike a pose at the Uyuni Salt Flat

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The Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia in, without a doubt, the country’s most Instagrammable spot and Bolivia’s top landmark. After all, it’s the incredible views of this area that lure most people to travel here in the first place. 

Photographers can play with perspective to create mind-bending wacky photos thanks to the flat’s mirror-like quality when it’s wet.

The salt flat is known as Salar de Uyuni in Spanish and is the world’s largest salt flat. It used to be a prehistoric lake that ran dry leaving behind this fantastic desertlike landscape of bright white salt and rock formations. 

It’s one of those sites where photos truly can’t do it justice, so make the Uyuni Salt Flat your number one must-do activity in Bolivia.

Plan your trip to Bolivia!

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Originally published on:  
September 21, 2022

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