Hi there! My name is Hanne from Places People Stories. I have been living in Bolivia for almost three years now. It is a beautiful country with no comparison located in the highlands. However, few people know much about Bolivia, and what the country has to offer. That is why I would like to share some of the many wonderful places you should visit in Bolivia:
1. Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world, and cover as much as 12,000 square km. Once upon a time there was a prehistoric salt lake named Lago Minchín, which covered most of southwest Bolivia. When it dried up, it left several salt pans, including the Salar de Uyuni.
Not only is the salt flats impressive, but they are also truly beautiful. In summer time (rainy season), it will be covered with water and it looks like a big mirror. While in the winter it is dry. I personally, have visited over 50 countries, but the Salar de Uyuni is one of the most wonderful places I have ever seen.
2. Lake Titicaca
This is highest navigable lake in the world with an average height of 3,810 meters above the sea level. It is located between Bolivia and Peru.
The huge lake is not only beautiful. When visiting you will also experience interesting history and culture from the Incas that lived on islands on the lake. You can also see floating villages where many of the local people live, and you can eat delicious fresh fish prepared by them.
3. La Paz
La Paz, is the highest capital in the world. The difference from the bottom to the top (El Alto), is over 1000 meters.
You will be blown away of the beauty of the city looking down or up on it. In 2014, it won a well-deserved price as number 6 of the most marvellous cities and urban wonders of the world.
4. Silver mines Potosi
Potosi is the highest located city in the world. Just visiting here alone is impressive. However, what attracts more people are the silver mines located in the city. You can entry to the mines – or the mountain that eats men, because being a miner is one of the world’s worst jobs. It is believed that within the next 50 years, the entire mountain will cave in, due to the extent of mining that has taken place over the past five centuries.
5. Death road (Yungas Road)
Often named the world’s most dangerous road. It is estimated that around 300 people a year lose their lives on this road. Today, there are no cars allowed on the road due to the big danger, but you can go by bike, if you dare!
The second capital of Bolivia is named Sucre. This means sugar in English, and the city is named so due to that all its buildings are made in white. It is in contrast of other Bolivian cities as it is very clean and organized. Besides being Bolivia’s most beautiful city, it is also the symbolic heart of the nation. The city was also declared a “World Heritage Site” in 1991, due to its rich history and its wealth of colonial architecture.
7. Toro Toro National Park
This national Park is one of the most important of Bolivia due to its palaeontology importance and studies. Here you can see many dinosaur foot prints, which was shaped during volcanoes eruptions. The landscape is also amazing, and different due to this.
In Tarija, they produce the world’s highest altitude wines. Here you can take wine tours, in beautiful green landscape, while enjoying a relaxing atmosphere.
9. Huayna Potosí
A major peek located at the magic 6000 meters above sea level. A popular hike and climb due to its stunning beauty. It is a hard tour, but if you reach the top it is truly worth it!
Tiwanaku is a recognized World Heritage Site, and pre-columbian archaeological site. By the indigenous of the country this site is one of the most important. The ruins of the ancient city state is the centre for make many religious rituals. The most important is when the sun turns, where they gather in Tiwanaku town to see the first sunlight shine through the main door of the Kalasaya Temple. This to thank mother earth for all she has given last year, and ask for good crops the next.
Which of these places would you like to see?
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