Far from mass tourism, Bolivia is an unknown destination travelers. However, this is probably the most authentic South American countries. Shared between the Amazon and the Andes, this mosaic country, home to dozens of ethnic groups, has a unique landscape and cultural heritage. Focusing on 10 major destinations in Bolivia.
1. La Paz
The capital of Bolivia, nestled in a canyon at the foot of the Andes, is surprising. Traditional markets which spread through the streets of the old town and the houses clinging to the sides of the slopes compete with the modernity and dynamism of the metropolis. Killi Killi Mirador, located on the heights of La Paz, offers a nice panorama view over the capital. About fifteen miles away, lies the Valley of the Moon: strange craters and carved columns formed by the weathering of rocks invite the traveler to think he left Earth.
Dominating the town, the Cordillera, majestic snowcapped mountain range, offers many excursions in an absolutely exceptional design and is a paradise for trekkers.
2. Lake Titicaca
Mythical place of the Andes, Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. It is here that the Incas were born or Tiwanaku civilizations. This mecca of Andean culture has several islands and archaeological sites that reflect the heritage of the region. A walk around the lake can enjoy the beauty of the place, with the clear waters of the lake and the beautiful light that is reflected.
3. Sajama National Park
Farther south lies the Sajama National Park, which was first established in Bolivia. It houses the eponymous volcano, the country’s highest peak, as well as many natural treasures, such as geysers, hot springs and small traditional villages.
4. Uyuni Salar
The largest salt desert in the world is a mandatory visit for any trip to Bolivia. These vast expanses white to almost 4,000 m above sea level, offers an absolutely amazing show. In this region are also present geysers, volcanoes, lakes and picturesque villages. The Inca Huasi Island, with its giant cacti, offers a quite remarkable panorama on the salar and Tunupa volcano.
5. The region of Lipez and jewels Route
This area hides many wonders: near volcanoes and colorful mountains are beautiful lagoons, each more beautiful than the other. Because their variety is such that it is impossible to get bored: Laguna Colorada is dazzling with its waters stained red, while the gray waters of the Laguna Honda are surrounded by a sandy beach. Other regional attractions include three species of flamingo, it is possible to observe in their natural habitat.
Potosi has a heavy heritage: its rich past, the time of the Spanish colony, comes from the exploitation of the largest silver mine in the world. This place was so theater exploitation of Indians and slaves from the triangular trade, which enabled the enrichment of the Spanish crown. Today, the colonial legacy is still very present, since it is possible to visit many colonial and religious buildings. The silver mines are now dry but there extract tin. When visitors come, it is customary to go before the market for minors to buy them some gifts, such as coca leaves or cool drinks.
Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia, it was the cradle of the revolution and independence was signed in the Casa de la Libertad in 1825. This pretty white city is also home to an important colonial heritage, which justified its inclusion in cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO). Here we find a place to live and visit. Sugar is also known as the Eternal City in the spring.
8. Torotoro Park
Created in 1989 to protect the Ara red front, a species of parrot endangered, Park Torotoro home to beautiful landscapes. It enjoys beautiful views of the mountains and colorful medium is the natural habitat of many animals, such as the puma or the Andean cat. A special feature of this park is that it retains footprints and dinosaur fossils, making it an ideal place for paleontologists worldwide. A milestone in this park heart stroke!
9. Santa Cruz and the Jesuit missions
Towards the Amazon, to discover the region of Santa Cruz, to the west of the country. It is here, from the seventeenth century, the Jesuit missions were founded. They are now listed as a whole World Heritage Site and an important legacy for Bolivia. Indeed, the Jesuit missionaries settled in the region in order to evangelize the Indians, but they also gave them their much knowledge in the field of architecture, music, agriculture and participated in the establishment an economic and social order. Jesuit missions are therefore evidence of the legacy of European expertise in Bolivia, contributing to the creation of a mestizo culture.
This area also houses the Amboró Park, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. This tour offers total immersion in nature, between rivers, waterfalls and natural pools, all in the midst of a dense tropical vegetation.
10. Tarija and the Wine Route
The Tarija region, south of the country to discover the wine route and Bolivian raw, rich flavors, and the quality continues to improve. This epicurean break is followed by a visit to the beautiful city of Tarija, which is reminiscent of an Andalusian city. Its colonial architecture and its river Guadalquivir, the same name as the Andalusian river are far from the clichés of the Bolivian city.