Destination Information for Bolivia
The small yet varied country of Bolivia, in central South America, has a varied landscape which includes the rainforest of the Amazon Basin, the Atacama Desert and the majestic Andes Mountains. The administrative capital, La Paz, is on the Altiplano plateau in the Andes, close to Mount Illimani and South America’s largest lake, Lake Titicaca. This landlocked country is a good option for travellers who want to see the wonders of South America without covering a vast distance geographically.
Bolivia’s cities were founded by the Spanish and are as diverse as the country itself. La Paz is an intoxicating mix of traditional and modern culture, with contemporary restaurants and bars lining the winding backstreets. Sucre is the constitutional capital is more of a monument to the past, with steep cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings. Santa Cruz is the most affluent city in Bolivia, famous for its vibrant and colourful carnival.
For travellers looking for an adventure, an unspoilt and uncommercialised land to explore, Bolivia presents the perfect opportunity. With remote national parks, hidden villages and towns in the mountains and valleys and stunning mountainous landscapes, this is natural wonderland. The people are friendly and travel around the country is straightforward, and while options for tourists are present, Bolivia is not so popular that the culture and identity of the country is diluted by tourism.