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Landlocked Bolivia is many people’s idea of a quintessentially South American country. It has a variety of dramatic landscapes and a dominant indigenous culture, living alongside the legacy of Spain’s baroque colonial presence. This robust, but economically poor republic has a romantic, often difficult and edgy history, tinged with popular struggles and marked by the influence of over-sized, colourful characters. 

The natural scenery is stripped down to the basics: the skeletal slopes of ice-capped Andean peaks, the desolate plains of the altiplano, tree-less, rocky desert, almost vertical valleys and canyons, and unsullied jungle rainforest.

The lifestyle of the majority of the people has changed little since the time of the Conquest. Their haunting panpipe music, florid costumes and the ubiquitous llamas are recognised by most: less familiar is the blanket of pristine rainforest, the most bio-diverse of any similar jungle on the planet; the oilfields and cattle ranches of the friendly lowland oriente and the subtropical valleys brimming with citrus orchards.

High-altitude La Paz, the capital, is possibly one of the most extraordinary in the world, with maze of adobe houses clinging to steep canyon sides, dwarfed by its mountain backdrop, and a theatrical street-life.

Our holidays to Bolivia

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Laguna Colorada

Zampullin: Vistas of Bolivia

Group tour

13 days from £2,950pp

Market life in Bolivia

Signature Bolivia: The final frontier

Private journey

14 days from £3,708pp

Lake Titicaca

Andes and Altiplano: Cusco, Lake Titicaca and La Paz

Private journey

14 days from £2,609pp

Jacana

Jacana: Crossing the continent

Group tour

19 days from £3,233pp

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Our insider tips for Bolivia

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

Stay overnight on the wonderfully peaceful and traditional Aymara island of Isla del Sol and make sure you're in a good spot for sunset, preferably up high. The views over the lake and to the snowcapped mountains beyond really are special: on a clear day, rainbow apricot, peach and violet colours stream across the sky, reflected on the gem-clear water.

Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

Peruse the stalls in La Paz's witchcraft market, one of the continent's most fascinating. All sorts of weird and wonderful things are for sale here, from perfumes that promise to make you rich to llama foetuses for burying under your newly built house for protection. If you need warming up then order a Chuflay cocktail, a mix of Bolivia's national liquor Singani with ginger ale!

Sarah

Sarah Bradley

Experience dramatic changes in climate and vegetation during the 3 or 4 day Choro Trek from La Paz to Coroico. Hikers descend from the dizzying heights of the capital and its surrounding snow-capped peaks, past tumbling rivers and down through the misty cloud forest before finally stepping out into lush sunlit valleys full of fruit trees, butterflies and tropical birds.

Stuart

Stuart Whittington

Step out on the vast whiter-than-white salt pans of Uyuni in the far south of the country. It’s an incredibly surreal experience at any time of the year, but even more so in the winter rainy season when the salt flats transform into a giant mirror that perfectly reflects the blue sky and clouds above. A true photographers playground!

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What our experts say

Bolivia really is South America’s last frontier. If you are after a real adventure, away from the boutique-ification and air-conditioned luxury creeping across the much-visited highlights of neighbouring countries, here you can still find yourself virtually alone on an Andean trek or a jungle expedition.  Hike across a frozen pass under a llama’s lonely gaze, head down to isolated, forest shaded Jesuit missions deep in cattle country, savour a beef chop with the locals in an open air indian market, explore the sun-shaded alleys of crumbly colonial La Paz. I sent a year here during my back-packer travels in the 1980s and even now still get that same frisson of excitement as I drive over the frozen altiplano towards the timeless beauty of Lake Titicaca... 

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Claire Milner

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