Bolivia

Holidays to Bolivia

Bound to the west by the ice-capped peaks of the Andes, stretching across the vast savannahs and lush rainforest of the Amazon basin, with smouldering geysers, volcanic peaks and cultural traditions dating back to Inca kings, Bolivia is a land-locked country destined to captivate travellers throughout its lands. Holidays to Bolivia are an unforgettable experience.

Between its rugged mountainous landscape and rich, fascinating culture, Bolivia is a country for anyone seeking a true adventure. Any traveller brave enough to explore this enigmatic land is sure to be rewarded with some of the most awe-inspiring scenery and refreshingly original culture South America has to offer.

In the south, lie the surreal salt flats of Salar de Uyuni. An uncanny setting of complete open space, simply blue sky and white ground stretching as far as the eye can see. During rainy season, water pools on the ground reflecting the white clouds and blue skies in a spectacular scene that allows you to imagine yourself walking on air.

North of Salar de Uyuni and to the country’s west, crouching in a canyon at the foot of Mount Illimani, resides the high-altitude city of La Paz. Packed full of colonial buildings, crumbling churches and gleaming skyscrapers, all overshadowed by the majestic peak of Mount Illimani to the southeast, La Paz is Bolivia’s bustling mountainous metropolis.

From La Paz, head west towards the sapphire waters of the sacred Lake Titicaca. Where you can visit Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) and Isla de la Luna (Island of the Moon) which were esteemed by the ancients as the respective places where the sun and moon were created.

Resting on the south bank of the lake is the ancient site of Tiwanaku. Built over three thousand years ago, these ruins were once the vast capital of the Tiwanaku Empire. Today, however, little remains of the empire after it fell into decline, and much of its riches were sacked by the Spanish. The relics that remain, however, are well-worth seeing, and a visit makes an ideal day trip from La Paz on your holidays to Bolivia.

North of the lake, you can explore the wilds of Parque Nacional Madidi, a rainforest reserve boasting more species of flora and fauna than anywhere else on earth. This pristine forest can be explored on foot or on horseback and is a perfect excursion for any nature-lover.

Anyone seeking a truly picturesque town should head south east to Sucre, Bolivia’s most beautiful city. An UNESCO world heritage site, Sucre is gem of white-washed houses, perfectly-preserved colonial architecture and traditional craft markets.

Boasting a unique culture and awe-inspiring landscape, Bolivia is a land brimming with both beauty and excitement. Whether it’s following the ancient Choro trail though the Andes, or boldly cycling down the world’s most dangerous stretch of road, Bolivia unlocks all kinds of adventure to any willing traveller. Contact us for more information on holidays to Bolivia and some sample travel itineraries.

Bolivia

Bolivia Profile

Size
15 times Ireland
Population
11 million
Capital
Sucre (1.5 million)
Other Main Cities
La Paz, Oruro, Potosí
Currency
Boliviano (take EURO with you)
Climate
Tropical Lowlands – colder at altitude
Language
Spanish
Time Difference
GMT -2 to -5
Health
Consult GP and/or Tropical Medical Bureau