Seven Breathtaking Things to Do in Bolivia

May 25, 2015 Updated: May 26, 2015

Bolivia is one of the lesser known destinations in the world that often fails to surface in international news or otherwise get covered by the travel media but what a travesty that is. The land of spectacular salt flats (visible from outer space), quinoa, and vibrant indigenous culture, Bolivia is somewhere that should be on everyone’s list of places to visit, not least a South American itinerary.

As for amazing things to see and do here? Let’s take a look at seven of the best.

Coca Museum, La Paz

Bolivia is nothing without coca, its beloved national commodity. This museum, which sits in the heart of the capital, is a must-visit covering every aspect of the locals use of the precious coca leaf. To understand coca is to understand Bolivia and its people. It’s what helps them cope with their high altitude, seasons their food, and even helps cure them of ailments.

Lake Titicaca

With Inca-ruins dispersed around its perimeter and in lake towns like Copacabana, you might think there’s reason enough to visit Titicaca besides the fact its the world’s largest high-altitude lake. This is the place to unwind, get back to nature, take a boat, or just wander around the surrounding villages and towns.

Bolivia - Isla del Sol on the Titicaca lake, the largest highaltitude lake in the world (3808m) This island's legendary Inca creation site and the birthplace of the sun. Landscape of the Titicaca lake
Titicaca lake, Bolivia, Isla del Sol. (Rafal Cichawa/iStock)

Sucre

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Castillo del Principado in Sucre. (Jerry Daykin/CC BY 2.0)

Sucre’s history makes it a very interesting place to visit. The first in all of South America to demand independence from its Spanish colonialists, Sucre is amazingly beautiful too. Laden with white buildings, lazy cafes, and chocolate shops, Sucre’s roads are a marvel to wander and deserve a place on any South American city schedule.

Laguna Colorada

A red lake that sits at a height of 14,035 feet above sea-level, Laguna Colorada is a striking natural phenomenon that features red plankton and algae that help bring its strange color inside of its white-fringed perimeter. Also make sure you check out the flamingos here who won’t flutter an eyelid or move a muscle should you choose to snap them in a photo.

Laguna Colorada, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. (catshiles/iStock)
Laguna Colorada, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. (catshiles/iStock)

Uyuni

Although it sits firmly in the middle of a desert, Uyuni is a definite must-see because it’s the home to the country’s most famous iconic sight, the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. Reachable in jeep, watch as the landscape stretches out completely white while you lose all sense of scale and perspective.

Picture taken at the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, located in Bolivia near the crest of the Andes, some 3,650 metres above sea level, where competitors of the Dakar Rally are expected to arrive for the eight stage of the competition, on January 11, 2014. Today, January 12, riders of bikes and quads, the only ones in the competition allowed to cross into the country, will be finishing Stage 7 in Uyuni and getting ready for Monday's Stage 8 from Uyuni to Calama in Chile.  AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
The Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, located in Bolivia near the crest of the Andes. (Frank Fife/Getty Images)

Santa Cruz

Situated within Bolivia’s tropical zone, Santa Cruz is Bolivia’s international heart and culinary center, featuring many top-range restaurants, cafes, and bars. A great starting point for the rest of the country, Santa Cruz breaks people in gently to the sights and sounds of Bolivia while still dosing people steeply in the indigenous past and present of the nation.

Little streets with the shops and restaurants in the Santa Cruz district. (Sedmak/iStock)
Little streets with the shops and restaurants in the Santa Cruz district. (Sedmak/iStock)

La Paz Witch Market

Another great spot to check out in La Paz is the witches market, where your senses are truly tested thanks to the many curious sounds, sights, and objects available for sale and haggling here. It might be a maze-like labyrinth to wander through, but it’s no doubt worth your time alongside everything else you can discover in the capital.

The La Paz Witches Market in Bolivia. (DC Colombia/iStock)
The La Paz Witches Market in Bolivia. (DC Colombia/iStock)

This article was previously published on ETravelBlog.com