Bolivia is relatively untouched by modernity, with cultures and customs that have remained largely unchanged for generations.
This landlocked country is home to indigenous women in bowler hats, charming colonial cities, and striking landscapes – including some of the highest peaks in the Andes, the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca, the vast and breathtaking salt flats of Salar de Uyuni and the wildlife-rich tropical jungles.
The stunning scenery and hospitable people more than compensate for the simpler accommodation outside the main cities and the unpaved roads in some remote areas.
If you like, a visit to Bolivia can be combined with travel to Chile and Peru.
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Capital La Paz (Bolivia)
Flying time from London 18 hours
Official language(s) Spanish
Time difference -4 GMT
Visa requirements Not required for UK passport holders
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Stay overnight on the Salar de Uyuni, and appreciate the incredible scenery of the world's largest salt flats. Stay on the edge of the flats in a hotel constructed entirely from salt, or stay in an exclusive airstream camper on the salt flats themselves – accompanied by your own driver and chef.
Stay on Lake Titicaca
Have an unforgettable night staying on Sun Island (Isla del Sol) on Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake.
Discover the Bolivian Amazon
Madidi National Park lies in the Amazon basin of northern Bolivia. This biodiversity hotspot covers almost 2 million hectares of largely untouched forest with countless endemic types of fauna and flora, including more than 1,000 bird species. Take guided jungle walks or canoe trips to learn about the rainforest and search for wildlife such as monkeys, tapirs, giant otters and jaguars.
Visit Jesuit missions
North-east of Santa Cruz lies former Jesuit mission towns, and visiting is worthwhile for anyone interested in history or architecture. In towns such as San Javier and Concepción, see beautifully restored churches that highlight the synthesis of Jesuit and indigenous culture.
Marvel at the Valley of the Moon
Nearby to the capital of La Paz is the desert landscape of the Valley of the Moon, with bizarre sandstone formations shaped by the wind.
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