Usually when someone says they’re traveling to South America, a trip to Bolivia isn’t the first place you’d expect them to list on their agenda, but that might be exactly why it’s worth the visit. Relatively untouched and undiscovered in terms of tourists, here’s an explanation of why you should travel to Bolivia:
1. Bolivia Offers South America’s Most Incredible Destinations and Stunning Landscapes
In one day you can travel from the lively streets of a surging metropolis like La Paz and head to the vast barren setting of the largest salt flat in the world at the Salar de Uyuni. The next day you might find yourself on your way down to the Amazon to explore the largest rainforest on Earth, or you might be discovering ancient Inca ruins on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake.
You could be high up above the clouds on the plateaus of the cool, dry Andes Mountains one day and within mere hours be biking down into the warm, humidity of the jungle in Coroico. Yes, all of these destination are in Bolivia and in fact, it’s just a sample of the incredible places you can visit in a country where it’s attractions are as varied as its people.
2. Bolivia Boasts a Rich Culture That Bursts With Character
In a country with 36 indigenous cultures each with their own diverse culture and many with their own languages, Bolivia is a melting pot of personalities. You’ll quickly become aware of how relevant ancient customs and traditions are still prevalent in day-to-day life in the country as you travel to different cities respectively boasting their own individual stories and atmosphere.
In the busy streets of La Paz you’ll find street vendors dressed in traditional attire selling good luck charms from their stalls or cooking up some fish and potatoes in one of the food markets. Head down to Sucre where you can stroll past the distinct white architecture while discovering the history of Bolivia’s independence or maybe you’ll encounter a festival down in the lakefront town of Copacabana.
Regardless, the wide assortment of culture in this country makes each destination and its people an exciting adventure.
3. Bolivians Are Welcoming People
No matter what country you visit you need to be aware of you’re belongings and be smart about how you travel; that’s just the nature of visiting another country. In Bolivia though, people are very friendly, especially if they can tell you’re making an effort to speak the language or actually taking the opportunity to learn about their cultures.
Whether you’re asking for directions or just stopping in at a café for some coca tea, Bolivians are more than happy to help.
4. Bolivia Is Easy on the Wallet
The cost of travel in Bolivia is extremely affordable. Depending on how you like to travel and what type of accommodations your used to, a quality night sleep and three solid meals can cost you less than 20 dollars or about 16 Euros. Go ahead and include travel costs and other activities, you’ll still be shocked with how budget-friendly the country is.
If hopping from one hostel to another with all the other backpackers to save a quick buck isn’t quite you’re style and you’d rather splurge on more comfortable accommodations, even then your wallet wont complain about the more expensive hotels in Bolivia.
5. A Chance to Drink Your Way Through An Undiscovered Wine Region
Relatively young, Bolivia’s wine industry might not be the most renown, but at 1,700 meters above sea level, Bolivian vineyards are among the highest in the world and produce a remarkably tasty glass of wine.
The best part? The wine region is fairly unknown. Small family vineyards like the ones in Tarija have been producing wines in Bolivia for years and offer enjoyable wine tasting opportunities in the sleepy valleys of the region.
What makes Bolivian wines unique is the effect of the high altitude and extreme sun exposure that accelerates the grapes’ aging process. This results in sweeter, healthier grapes and distinct, rich, aromatic wines that usually leave you pleasantly surprised and why the vineyards should be included on your trip to Bolivia.
6. Dig into a Centuries-long History and Discover Ruins of Empire
The country is full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, impressive architecture, and has an extensive history. If that isn’t enough, the landscape of Bolivia is scattered with ancient ruins from Inca and Tiwanaku civilizations. On Lake Titicaca for example, Sun and Moon Islands are both speckled with ancient Inca ruins and the Tiwanaku Ruins just outside of La Paz is own of the few archeological set of ruins that pre-date the Inca Empire.
7. Bolivia is a Country of Superlatives
If the country hasn’t already won you over or done enough to draw you, here’s a quick fact list that’s sure to encourage you to travel to Bolivia.
- La Paz is the highest administrative capital in the world
- Lake Titicaca, located in the west of country is the highest navigable lake in the world
- The largest deposit of salt on the planet is in Salar de Uyuni of Bolivia
- It is estimated that Bolivia is home to 40% of all animal and plant life
- The world’s largest butterfly sanctuary is in Bolivia