The Ultimate Travel Guide to Bolivia

Bolivia

Rugged adventure awaits in this landlocked paradise.

If the beaten path isn’t your thing, then Bolivia belongs at the top of your travel bucket list. The landlocked South American country offers endless ways to get lost, from epic alpine hikes to wildlife watching in the Amazon basin. Bolivia’s urban centers, meanwhile, boast all manner of hidden gems. Located in the eastern tropical lowlands, Santa Cruz surprises with colonial architecture and cultural diversity, while the Andean city of La Paz is a maze of cobblestone corridors and hilltop neighborhoods. But wherever you go in Bolivia, bring a good pair of hiking boots. After all, it can get bumpy off the beaten path.

travel tips

When to go

Bolivia has multiple climates, and the best time to visit depends on where you’re headed. For example, daytime temps in the Andes/Altiplano region in the west can be warm in the winter (May to September), making it a popular time to visit. Travel throughout the country can be challenging during the rainy season (roughly November to March), when many roads are washed out and impassable.

Transportation

Bus is the most popular form of transportation in Bolivia, but regional air travel is the best, and cheapest, way to cover a lot of ground—especially in the Amazon region.

Insider tips

  • Bring the kids. Chile is a family-friendly destination, with plenty of things to do for all ages.  
  • Always tip your tour guide.
  • Bolivia’s main attractions are in the western third of the country, but don’t ignore the central region, home to Amboró National Park and some world-class birding.
  • Though Spanish is the most common language in Bolivia, indigenous groups comprise 20 percent of the country’s population, which means you might encounter Quechua, Aymará and other dialects.

top attractions

Salar de Uyuni

The world’s largest salt flat gives new meaning to “the great wide open.”

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Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca

Bolivia’s must-see alpine lake is thought to be the birthplace of the Incas.

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La Paz

A high-energy city at a high altitude.

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