The Beauty of Bolivia

Our journey to South America has brought us to Brazil, the Guyanas, Colombia, Venezuela, EcuadorPeru, and now beautiful Bolivia! We arrived in South America in April 2017 and have been spending 3-4 weeks in each country (depending on the country size and how much we like the country/city/area). We are now at 11 out of the 13 countries in South America with only 2 more to go (Chile and Uruguay)!

Here’s a deeper dive into our recent trip to beautiful Bolivia:

1) LA PAZ

La Paz, Bolivia La Paz has a spectacular setting in the midst of a valley surrounded by the majestic Andes mountain range. La Paz is the highest altitude capital city in the world so it’s quite hard to breathe and you definitely need a few days to acclimatize. We did a few unique things in La Paz including seeing the famous Cholitas Women Wrestling (kind of like American WWE-Style Entertainment Wrestling). We also did the Green and Yellow Cable Cars and an informative walking tour of the city. La Paz has the highest and longest Cable Car System in the world.

2) SUCRE
Potosi, Bolivia
After La Paz, we took the night bus to Sucre which had another spectacular setting in the midst of the mountains. The drive to Sucre was pretty remarkable so make sure you have your camera ready to capture the scenery from the bus. Sucre and Potosi are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites so make sure you visit both of these cities! We did not have much time in Sucre so we just walked around the old city, checked out the Central Market, and took a local bus to see the main sights. Then it was off to Potosi for an overnight stay!

3) POTOSI
Sucre, Bolivia
Potosi was once the richest city in the Americas! Yes! Richer than NYC, LA, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, etc. It’s definitely past its’ heyday but still has a strong economy based around mining. Unfortunately, kids under 12 years old are not allowed on the Mine Tours so we had to skip seeing the actual mines this time around. Instead, we stayed in the Old City walking around, trying local food, and enjoying the beautiful views. Make sure you try out the Fried Bread cooked by the local Street Vendors – yum!!

4) UYUNIUyuni, Bolivia

We took the 4 hour bus trip from Potosi to Uyuni and slept overnight in Uyuni. I’m glad that we waited to get to Uyuni to book our Bolivian Salt Flats Trip as we got it much cheaper when we were in the city itself. It worked out to be about 700 Bolivianos for the 3 day / 2 night tour (which is about $100 USD including guide, transport, sightseeing, food, and accommodation). We had to pay an extra fee for the National Reserve. There was a free transfer to San Pedro de Atacama in Northern Chile.

5) THE SALT FLATS 

The Salt FlatsThe Salt Flats were surreal – one of the most unique attractions I have seen in my entire 72 countries and 6 continents of travel! You can also take some really cool Perspective Pictures because you lose sense of depth while at the Salt Flats. Ask your Tour Guide to help you take the pictures! Some of the highlights from our trip included visiting the Train Cemetery, staying in a Salt Hotel, seeing the Cactus Island, watching the sunset over the Flats, dipping our feet in the Hot Springs, and witnessing the amazing Geysers.

Next up on our South American Adventure: CHILE!