10 Reasons to Add Bolivia Travel to Your Bucket List

Celebrated for its colorful history, diverse wildlife, and jaw-dropping landscapes, Bolivia travel has a unique experience to offer. Here, you will find some of the most incredible sights and historical wonders. Explore these 10 photos that demonstrate Bolivia’s unmatched beauty.

1. Salar de Uyuni

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Man walking in the middle of Lake Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia Photo: Dmitry Burlakov

The world’s largest salt flats, Salar de Uyuni is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which creates a flat surface and an unforgettable landscape. Formed from the transformation between several prehistoric lakes, Lago Minchin once covered most of southwest Bolivia. The attraction is just as stunning at night. So grab your camera and read up on some Bolivian Salt Flats night photography tips before you go.

2. Laguna Colorada

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Flamingo in Bolivia Photo: Galyna Andrushko

Also known as the Red Lagoon, the shallow salt lake covers nearly 15,000 acres and sits 14,000 feet high. The lake gets its red hue from a variety of algae thriving in the water, which draws in endangered James flamingos that were thought to be extinct from 1909-1957.

3. Sajama and Lake Huañacota

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Sajama volcano and Lake Huañacota, in the Natural Park of Sajama Photo: flaperval

The highest mountain in Bolivia, Sajama is an extinct volcano in Sajama National Park along the shores of brightly colored lakes, like Huañacota. This area is a Bolivia travel hot-spot to enjoy camping, hiking, climbing, bird watching, and breathtaking snowcapped mountains.

4. Isla Del Sol and Titicaca Lake

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Isla del Sol on the Titicaca lake, the largest high altitude lake in the world Photo: Rafal Cichawa

Known as the birthplace of the Incan Sun God, this calm, sacred area contains 80 ruins. An ancient temple twice the size of a soccer field was recently discovered submerged in Lake Titicaca and is estimated to be over 1,000-years-old.

5. Tiwanaku

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Monolith at Ruins of Tiwanaku, Bolivia Photo: Konstantin Kalishko

Located near Lake Titicaca, the monumental remains of the ancient city, Tiwanaku, were constructed with carved ashlars stones and complex drainage canals. Towering 13,000 feet above sea level, a powerful pre-Hispanic empire once dominated the area.

6. Stone Tree

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Arbol de Piedra or Stone Tree Photo: Stine Fossheim

The Stone Tree is an isolated rock made out of sandstone that is shaped like a stunted tree. Located in the altiplano sand dunes of the Siloli Desert, it is one of the driest places in the world.

7. Chacaltaya Mountain

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Weather Station on Chacaltaya Peak, the highest ski resort in the world Photo: Florian Blümm

A massive glacier on Chacaltaya Mountain once housed the world’s highest ski area. Today, the glacier has completely melted away due to global warming (6 years before estimated), but big snowy winters still lead travelers to the mountain.

8. La Paz

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Cable car system in La Paz city, Bolivia Photo: saiko3p

Bolivia travel hasn’t been easy due to its steep terrain, high density, and narrow streets, but the new “subway in the sky” is the largest urban cable-car system in the world. Although not intended for sightseeing, it offers stunning views of the city and surrounding landscape.

9. Uros Islands

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Tourist roaming in a village of the Uros Islands, entirely made of Totora Reeds Photo: Fabio Lamanna

A group of 70 man-made islands floating on Lake Titicaca, the Uros Islands are home to an ancient tribe that pre-dates Incan civilization. Forced to move to the islands by invading Incans, today the Uros people fish, hunt, and sell handicrafts to tourists.

10. Valle de la Luna

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Rock pillar formations in Moon Valley, La Paz Photo: pytyczech

Located in the driest desert on earth, this legendary moon valley is surrounded by volcanic peaks that cascade as far as the eye can see. Because the mineral content of the mountains varies, the sides appear to be different colors, creating striking optical illusions during sunrise and sunset.

Will you add Bolivia travel to your bucket list?

With one-of-a-kind adventures, views, and landscapes, Bolivia travel offers awe-inspiring natural beauty. Home to endangered flamingos and other amazing wildlife as well, Bolivia is the experience of a lifetime.

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