Overview for Bolivia
The people of Bolivia have remained the most cultural of all in the continent due to their relative isolation, with over half of the country’s population either of Quechua or Aymara origin.
The richness of this culture can be seen throughout the country from the traditional Andean folk music, colourful markets, street-sellers wearing their traditional Pollera dress and bowler hats, through to the historical cities of Sucre and Potosi.
The Bolivian capital of La Paz, known as the city that touches the sky, is the highest capital city in the world and is a city which can be a sight within itself.
Explore cobblestoned colonial streets and take in the grandeur of the Government Palace & San Francisco Cathedral. Visiting the markets of Santa Cruz Street is a definite must do along with a visit to the Witches Market selling traditional Andean medicines and aphrodisiacs.
Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Incas, is dotted with small island communities still using traditional reed boats, and sailing across the lake to Puno is an experience not to be missed.
The Salt Flats of Uyuni are one of South America’s most remote and unusual areas. The scenery is truly breathtaking with the vivid blue sky contrasting against the blinding white salt flats providing some amazing photo opportunities.
When to go
Bolivia has a wide range of altitude-affected climatic patterns. The rainy period lasts from Nov-Mar (summer). On the Altiplano and in the highlands, subzero temps are frequent at night. The Amazon Basin is always hot and wet, with the drier period falling between May-Oct (winter).