Bolivia is one of the most underrated travel destinations! But for those who go off the beaten track, they can discover a country like no other. Bolivia offers surreal landscapes, vibrant cities and tons of activities for adventure enthusiasts. Here are some of the attractions you simply cannot miss.
Ride on the World’s Most Dangerous Road – Adventure junkies must experience the thrill of a lifetime by cycling the most treacherous mountain track in Bolivia. The bold will enjoy taking in the stunning views of the rolling hills of the Amazon Rainforest but others will be distracted by the sheer terrifying drop as two rubber tyres separate the rider from the fall. The government has built a safer road, but before that, over 200 people died each year on the dangerous downhill ride. The trek at 15,400 feet and steep decline aren’t for the faint hearted, yet it is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, enticing over 25000 mountain bikers annually.
Salar De Uyuni – Geographically located in the middle of the dessert, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is considered to be one of the most extreme and remarkable vistas in all of South America. It stretches for more than 4,050 miles, covers the 70% of the world’s lithium requirements and is the world’s largest salt flat that has been left behind by prehistoric lakes evaporated long ago. When the nearby lakes overflow and the land submerges under a thin layer of water, the reflection of the sky is simply out worldly!
Lake Titicaca – The world’s highest altitude lake is surrounded by ancient ruins and traditional villages and should be seen in person to be appreciated fully. Take a boat tour on the lake and visit Isla de Sol (Island of the Sun) for a private picnic. The surrounding villages will help you take in Bolivia’s culture and history. You can also make your way to the southern shore of Lake Titicaca and marvel at the massive ceremonial area that was built more than 1000 years ago using 25 tons of stone – a huge feat considering the absence of modern machinery and technology. Don’t forget to visit Copacabana, the main Bolivian town and visit the 16th century shrine of the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, the patron saint of Bolivia.
Valley of the Moon – It is said that the area was named by Astronaut Neil Armstrong. The Valley of the Moon is located close to La Paz, in a small town of Mallasa. It has been formed after centuries of a mountain of clay and sandstone being weathered by strong winds and now is a carpet of stalagmites. This maze of canyons and spires are mineral rich, colourful and range from beige to red and dark purple, giving a lovely colourful composition to the eroded hillside.
Pampas Wildlife Tour – Most people automatically think of Brazil when contemplating visiting the Amazon jungle to see wildlife. But this can be done from Bolivia too! Pampas tours are ideal for puttering down the river in a dug-out canoe to watch hundreds of alligators, crocodiles, turtles, monkeys, dolphins and dozens of species of birds. You can also swim with the dolphins and go piranha fishing or simply search the jungle for the largest snake in the world, the anaconda.
There’s so much to see in a country as beautiful as Bolivia and this list is merely the tip of the iceberg. If you have time, visit Coroico, a small town with appealing scenery set amongst orange and banana groves, enjoy some wine at Tarija Wine Region, visit the premier region of Samaipata for ancient history and peaceful nature walks and more!