From salt plains to the soaring mountains of The Andes, Bolivia’s allure has no ceiling. The landlocked country is home to 36 flourishing indigenous groups, and at only an eighth of the size of Brazil, boasts diverse and breathtaking scenic landscapes in almost every climate possible.
Here are our favourite places to visit in Bolivia:
Touted as one of the most scenic road trip itineraries in the world, this desert plateau is hidden deep within The Andes. Here you'll find rugged watercolour horizons, the flamingo-inhabited and blood-red Lake Colorado, thermal pools and mineral-rich water sources.
Uyuni Salt Flats
A few hours’ drive from The Altiplano, you’ll come across The Great Train Graveyard; a site for tired and abandoned locomotives heavily rusted from dry desert winds. This famous site also marks the starting point of the 10,000 square kilometre salt flat site of Uyuni. Once a reservoir for prehistoric water, this area is now home to the largest salt flats on the planet. The "World's Biggest Mirror" has a naturally created hexagonal tiled surface that gives off an unforgettable crunch as your heels touch the crust.
At over 3,600 metres high, the exotic, colourful and towering city of La Paz is tucked deep in the belly of the Andean Peaks and offers an endless array of overwhelming indigenous culture. Weave your way through unrelenting traffic and tight roads by foot or – if you’re game – by car. You can also take a trip on the Mi Teleferico cable car, for unforgettable views of the city or peruse through the mystical Witches’ Market for weird and wonderful amulets and charms.
If all that arduous travel has left you missing a gourmet feed, head to the closest street market to get a taste for authentic local snacks and drinks like Api Morado; a creamy and warming smoothie made from purple corn, cinnamon and cloves. Or, if fine dining is more your style, you can’t go passed Gustu, Copenhagen chef Claus Meyer's tribute to genuinely local and seasonal yet ultra-refined Bolivian cuisine.