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A stunning country bursting with surprises
Bolivia is an extraordinary destination where contrasting extremes range from the luminous white salt flats of Salar de Uyuni and the arid Atacama Desert to the sticky Amazon rainforest and towering peaks of the Andes.
Discover indigenous cultures, marvel at colonial architecture, uncover archaeological treasures and witness the mystical serenity of Lake Titicaca, the legendary birthplace of the Incas whose shores are shared with neighbouring Peru.
Embark on an escorted tour and discover the heart of this unique country on an unforgettable adventure.
Salar De Uyuni has to be one of the most incredible gems among the tapestry of landscapes on this continent. You really do get an other-worldly feel when you enter the vast expanse of white, crystalline salt for the first time. At sunrise the whole area will be tinged with orange and you can make out the myriad of hexagonal ridges glistening in the sunlight. In the middle of this minimalist landscape you find isolated islands emerging, festooned with huge cacti. Once the sun is up you mustn’t pass up the opportunity for some photographs against this perspective-bending backdrop".
Steve Yeats, Personal Travel Expert, Kingston
• La Paz is Bolivia's capital, nestled in a deep canyon and home to more indigenous people than anywhere else in Latin America.
• La Paz’s famous witches’ market is an unmissable spectacle that is ghoulish and fascinating in equal measure. The capital’s old quarter is lined with shops piled high with amulets, potions and herbs that purport to cure every ailment from baldness to infertility. Sorcerers and witches cast spells and sell charms such as lama foetuses (buried under most Bolivian houses) to bring prosperity. Not for the faint-hearted!
• Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, is a vast sea of white that mesmerises with its brilliance. It is reputed to contain a staggering 10 billion tons of salt up to 10 metres thick.
• Discover the ancient tribe of the Uros, who live on unique floating islands on the Lake Titicaca.
• The pilgrimage town of Copacabana houses a shrine to Bolivia’s patron saint, the Basilica of Our Lady
• UNESCO World Heritage city Sucre lies in an elevated valley surrounded by low mountains.
• Dress respectably while visiting churches and monasteries.
• Bolivians have a different concept of personal space than Westerners, so don’t be surprised if they stand closer than you'd expect.
• Always use a knife and fork while eating – even bananas!