Salt desert, gigantic mountains, forests, historic cities and the highest lake in the world. Discover the most beautiful cities to visit in Bolivia
THE Bolivia it is already a traditional destination among backpackers. The neighboring country has several attractions that are totally different from other places in South America, which makes it even more attractive and exotic. With a diverse territory, Bolivia concentrates salt deserts close to the border with Chile and gigantic mountains intersected by the Andes Cordillera, over 5,000 meters high. Volcanoes, colorful lagoons, forests and even archaeological sites with dinosaur footprints are also part of the trip.
Unknown to a large part of the population, the country has very interesting and really cheap destinations to travel. Bolivia also sets records, boasting the highest lake, city and cable car in the world. A good time to get to know the country and between the months of May and October, ideal for visiting Bolivian cities and tourist attractions, as this season is drier, with sunny days (but a little cold) and no rain.
It is interesting to know Bolivia, because in addition to the country having an exuberant and diverse nature, the people are kind and, even today, they preserve their Andean culture, with their own religiosity and different customs, and the prices are very low. This one country is charming and full of incredible and unexpected attractions, in this selection we had the audacity to separate some of the most beautiful cities to visit in Bolivia.
La Paz has a modern center, with well-kept gardens and one of the main tourist attractions in the city is a region with very characteristic relief that is called Vale da Lua, which impresses by its rock formations that resemble the lunar soil. The Tiwanaku archaeological site and its mystical Porta do Sol, very close to the famous Lake Titicaca, attract tourists from all over the world for being one of the postcards of Bolivia. In addition to the pre-Columbian art museums and 19th-century churches, the Mercado de Las Brujas is well worth a visit.. La Paz is without a doubt one of the beautiful cities to visit in Bolivia, and it cannot be missing from your itinerary.
This is one of the most amazing places in Bolivia! Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt desert in the world, the white plain occupies an immensity of more than 10 thousand km². In the middle of the salt desert there is an “island”, called Ilha do Pescado and full of giant cacti that reach 10 meters in height. Along the way, you can see colorful lagoons, flocks of flamingos, geysers giving off smoke and impressive rock formations like in Arbol de Piedra.. To get to know the desert, it is necessary to embark on tours of 3 to 4 days, starting in the village of Uyuni. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful cities in bolivia, precisely because it is the gateway to the desert.
This city of white colonial houses, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known as the “White City”, as most of its buildings are this color. The climate is sunny and mild and the tree-lined squares are great for a people watching of tourists. Its main attractions are the Cretaceous Park, where there are preserved dinosaur footprints, that's what you read, the Mirador de la Recoleta that offers an incredible view of the city and the Bolivar Park. Also visit Casa de la Libertad and the beautiful 16th-century cathedral to learn about the country's history. sucre is another city that could not be missing from the list of places to visit in Bolivia in this country travel guide.
With almost 4 thousand meters of altitude, Potosí is the highest city in Bolivia and one of the highest cities in the world. The city that has lived off mining since colonial times has churches, convents and old buildings with dozens of historic buildings. The various relics that exist in this region have given the city the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A visit to the Cerro Rico mountain mines cannot be missed, on the you will get to know the place from the inside, walking through the long tunnels and having the experience of what it is like to be part of a mining.
Just like the Brazilian beach, Bolivia also has its Copacabana, but no sea. This city is where the boats leave for Isla del Sol and Isla de la Lua, located on Lake Titicaca. From there also come the trout fresh foods that supply the restaurants in the region. This lake is worth visiting because of the geography, history and legends that surround the place. Copacabana Cathedral and Mirante do Calvário are two important points worth a visit.
Oruro is just 225 km from La Paz, the Bolivian capital, and is famous for its folkloric carnival, with a mix of Andean and Catholic traditions. On these days, several people wear varied and colorful typical costumes, walking towards the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Socavón, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Oruro also has other cool places to visit in the city, such as Sajama National Park, Minas De São José, Catedral De Oruro and Plaza 10 de Febrero.
Coroico is a small mountain town located on Cerro Uchumachi, where you can go biking, hiking and visiting some waterfalls surrounded by dense forest. The energy that emanates from the city of Coroico is incredible, the forests are very similar to the Atlantic Forest. For backpackers and travelers who love an adrenaline rush, a very traditional tour of the city of Coroico is the downhill by bike, which leaves from a place called La Cumbre at 4700 m altitude and descends, at 70 km per hour, until reaching 1200 m altitude, through a place they usually call La Carretera mas Peligrosa del Mundo (the most dangerous road in the world) or popularly known as the “Road of Death”. Has courage?
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Santa Cruz de la Sierra is the second most important city in Bolivia and one of the main ports of entry for tourists in the country. Despite being a more cosmopolitan city and not carrying as much indigenous heritage as the cities closer to the Andes, the Amazon Forest and the deserts present in other regions of the country, the city breathes culture and has an impressive architectural heritage that can be seen in a walk through the historic city center.
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