Why Bolivia: Bolivia’s amazing high altitude desert landscapes and salt lakes, including the Salar de Uyuni, are not only a spectacular sight but a beguiling, almost unearthly experience. Culturally, there is much to experience as Bolivia retains much of its indigenous heritage, while the country’s more recent colonial history is evident in its cities and towns.
Culture: Bolivian culture is as diverse and colourful as its population. Bolivia’s Incan heritage is infused with Spanish flavour; this is evident in the country’s religions, traditions, music, art and clothing. There are many festivals, such as the especially vibrant ‘Carnaval de Oruro’.
When to Go: Winter (May to October) is the most popular time to visit Bolivia as days are dry and clear, although nights are cold. Peak tourist season falls in the winter (late Jun – early Sep). Summer (November to April) is the rainy season when overland transportation can be very difficult, and temperatures very humid in the tropical lowlands.
Combine With: The Inca treasures of neighbouring Peru, where you can visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Alternatively, cross the Andes into Chile’s Atacama Desert for more amazing high altitude scenery.
Getting There: In order to acclimatise to Bolivia’s elevated altitude, we recommend spending a few days in Peru before flying from Lima to La Paz. Many travellers to Bolivia also enter overland from Peru, taking an overnight catamaran cruise across Lake Titicaca and then continuing by bus to La Paz.