Bolivia, landlocked at the heart of Andean Latin America,
is the hemisphere's highest, most isolated and rugged nation.
Unparalleled beauty is also reflected in its vibrant indigenous
cultures, colonial cities such as Sucre and Potosí and whispers of
A good place to start is the enchanting town of Copacabana,
which is nestled between two hills and perched on the southern
shore of Lake Titicaca. For centuries it was the site of religious
pilgrimages and today local and visiting Peruvian pilgrims flock to
Make a visit by boat to nearby Isla Del Sol and Isla De La Luna
(Sun and Moon Islands) and enjoy the serene beauty and Inca
history. Sun Island is home to the sacred rock of Titicaca and in
the labyrinth-like ruins of Chincana, a restored Inca Temple and
nunnery (housing the virgins of the sun).
The startling waters of Lake Titicaca reveal an incongruous
splash of sapphire amid the stark plains of the Altiplano and are
one of the most beautiful sights in the region. The tiny island of
Pariti houses a new museum featuring exquisite finds from a recent
excavation. La Paz is dizzying in every respect, not only for its
well-publicized altitude (3660m) but for its quirky beauty. The
city's buildings cling to the sides of the canyon and spill
spectacularly downwards, whilst the snowy peak of Mt Illimani
(6402m) looms in the background. Of special interest is the
cathedral, the Palacio Presidencial and the Congresso Nacional.
Coroico has long been a favourite with visitors enjoying its
laid back atmosphere and serene natural beauty. Surrounded by
citrus orchards, banana groves and coffee plantations this is a
perfect place to put on your walking boots and explore the unique
before ensconcing yourself into a hammock.
Oruro, whose name means 'where the sun is born,' sits against a
range of mineral-rich low hills, has good museums, wonderful
restaurants and is rich in dance and musical heritage that
culminates in the riotous Carnival celebrations, famous for the
lavish costumes and elaborate traditions.
Laguna Colorada is a shallow salt lake in the South-West of the
Altiplano of Bolivia and is famous for its James flamingos that
live and breed here. North of Laguna is the Valle de Dali which is
a surrealistic collection of rocks against a backdrop of eroded
cliffs where thermal pools nestle amongst the rocks.
Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado is one of the world's most
stunningly diverse natural habitats with a wide range of plant and
animal species almost unmatched anywhere else on the planet. With
its Amazonian forests, spectacular waterfalls and eerie-looking
flat-topped mountains it is no surprise that this park houses seven
distinct eco-systems. With over 600 species of birds including the
Amazonian umbrella bird and animals like black howler monkey, this
is a nature lover's paradise.
Proud, genteel Sucre is Bolivia's most beautiful city, and the
symbolic heart of the nation. A glorious ensemble of whitewashed
buildings sheltering pretty patios and with a wealth of colonial
architecture. You can take a flotilla to Potosi and marvel at its
history of bankrolling the Spanish empire with the silver it
extracted from its mines.