Overview

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 in Bolivia 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.

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The weather in Bolivia is wide and varied

Bolivia boasts a variety of dramatic landscapes, from the windswept altiplano in the high Andes to the steamy jungle of the Amazon rainforest. Altitudes range greatly between regions: the higher up areas of La Paz, Lake Titicaca and the Uyuni salt flats experience chillier weather, while the tropical lowlands of Santa Cruz and the Amazon enjoy warm temperatures year-round, reaching highs of 31°C. You’ll find the clearest blue skies and plenty of bright sunshine in April - October, when the least rain falls but nights are very cold in the altiplano. November - March is the summer rainy season, with fewer visitors and muddier roads which can cause delays when driving. Spectacular photography opportunities await in the Salar de Uyuni, where rainwater floods the salt flats and reflects the vast skies above.

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    Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert

    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert

    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

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    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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