Visit Bolivia, What to See and When to Go

Definetely the most challenging, impressing and outstanding country in Latin America, for its well preserved culture, for the history its has, to the present, from the mountains to the Amazonian jungle, their way of standing out for the lost access to the seaside or the fight of making Bolivia a better place for its citizens.

Bolivia is made of 2 main regions: el altiplano (Bolivian Plateau) and el oriente.

El Altiplano:

  • The Altiplano (Bolivian Plateau) which makes Bolivia to have one of  the highest cities in the world – one third of the country is situated above 3500m (11500 ft). You will need a good acclimatisation to make your trip enjoyable. If you want to learn more about how to acclimatise read A Practical Guide Into Acclimatization.
  • It is situated on the west side of Bolivia.
  • If you are in love with mountains, Bolivia has plenty of choices from treks to beginners mountaineering and professional escalation
  • Recommended Places: Lake Titicaca, La Paz – this can be the hub to all the mountains you want to explore, Uyuni – the largest salt flat, Potosi with its silver mines
  • How to get there: From Copacabana – the city of Lake Titicaca it is 4-5 bus journey, La Paz – Potosi is about 9 hours or overnight bus ride, from Potosi to Uyuni you have another 4 hours.
  • When to go: the best time to do the Bolivian Altiplano is during the winter: May to late September

El Oriente:

  • On the east and north side of Bolivia
  • Tropical weather, plenty of wild life and the animals are reachable for everybody
  • Recommended places: Rurrenabaque and Santa Cruz for the wildlife near by, Bolivia capital Sucre – Unesco World Heritage
  • How to get there: flying – the only recommended way is to fly: to Santa Cruz you get by flight usually either from La Paz or directly from Europe, to Rurrenabaque you can take a direct flight from La Paz, Sucre or Santa Cruz. The road in Bolivia are still to be improved and the drivers yet to learn to care more about the passengers live.
  • When to go: during the dry season: May to late September

Recommended routes:

1. The Classic:

  • Lake Titicaca -> La Paz -> Coroico -> Potosi -> Uyuni
  • Time required: 2 weeks
  • What you can do:
    • Valle de la Luna,
    • Death Road
    • Uyuni Salt Flats and the desert of Atacama

2. The Hiking Tour:

  • La Paz and around -> Uyuni
  • Time required: 1 -2 month depending on how much you want to hike
  • What you can do:
    • Valle de la Luna,
    • climb Huayna Potosi,
    • Cordilleras Real and Quimsa Cruz have many other peaks to climb for the passionated alpinists
    • Death Road
    • Uyuni Salt Flats and the desert of Atacama
  • All this trip is above 4000m, so a good acclimatisation will be required

3. Bolivia, The Complete Tour:

  • La Paz -> Copacabana (or Copacabana -> La Paz if you come from Peru) -> Coroico -> Rurrenabaque -> La Paz -> Potosi -> Uyuni -> Sucre -> Santa Cruz
  • Time required: 2-3 months
  • What you can do:
    • Valle de la Luna,
    • climb Huayna Potosi,
    • Cordilleras Real and Quimsa Cruz have many other peaks to climb for the passionated alpinists
    • Death Road
    • Uyuni Salt Flats and the dessert of Atacama
    • Pampas and the Jungle tours from Rurrenabaque
    • Potosi, its silver mines and Casa de la Moneda (Old Royal Mint)
    • Sucre
    • Santa Cruz

4. Discover the wildlife of Bolivia

  • Santa Cruz -> Sucre -> Potosi -> Uyuni -> Rurrenabaque -> Santa Cruz or La Paz
  • time required: 3 weeks
  • What you can do:
    • Jaguar tour from Santa Cruz
    • Uyuni Salt Flats and the dessert of Atacama
    • Pampas and the Jungle tours from Rurrenabaque
    • Potosi, its silver mines and Casa de la Moneda (Old Royal Mint)
    • Sucre
    • Santa Cruz
    • Valle de la Luna if you go to La Paz

Interesting facts about Bolivia:

  • Bolivia is a country which claims by constitution its multiculturalism as few countries in the world do it.
  • The constitutional recognised capital is Sucre not la Paz. But La Paz is the place where the government seats, so while in La Paz you’ll get to see almost daily protests for everything. Actually Sucre has the legislative and executive branches and La Paz has the executive one.
  • For the international flights, even the final destination or the starting port is La Paz, they stop over Santa Cruz due to the high altitude of the airport El Alto La Paz.
  • You can get to Bolivia via Peru or just fly in La Paz or Santa Cruz

3 responses to “Visit Bolivia, What to See and When to Go

  1. Thank you Eric and YoViajo for the clarification. I appreciate it.
    What is your experience in traveling in Bolivia?

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