Despite being a world-class trekking and outdoor adventure destination, mountainous Bolivia remains South America’s most exotic and enigmatic nation.
It receives fewer visitors than most of its neighbours and remains well off-the-beaten-path; but a land of monumental Andean peaks, dense rainforests, stark desert terrain and dazzling salt flats won’t remain such a hidden treasure for long. There’s cultural activities in abundance too, from the colonial gems left by European settlers to the vibrant still-preserved traditions of the indigenous Aymara.
Within the landlocked borders of Bolivia, lies an astonishing range of natural wonders. With a luxury holiday from Lightfoot Travel, our knowledgeable experts will design your perfect tailor-made itinerary so you don’t have to compromise or miss a thing.
Essential experiences for your Bolivian itinerary include: shimmering Lake Titicaca – “Sacred Lake of the Incas” – huge and mesmerisingly beautiful, it’s the world’s highest navigable lake. From La Paz, 3600 metres high up on the altiplano, you can trek the ancient Inca trails or take in the lunar landscapes of the Valley of the Moon. The small town of Rurrenabaque in the northwest is the starting point for expeditions into steamy jungles of the Amazon.
Perhaps the highlight of any holiday in Bolivia, however, is the dreamlike setting of the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s biggest salt flat. The sheer emptiness of these white plains – with their salt-encrusted hexagonal patterns and alien-looking giant cacti – creates the most surreal experience in South America. Add a dash of colour to your itinerary with a trip to Eduardo Avaroa national reserve, just south, famous for its red and green lakes and flocks of pink flamingos.
Bolivia is hugely rich culture and history too, with some high-calibre Unesco World Heritage sites that should definitely be included as part of a luxury tailor-made tour. There’s the whitewashed colonial city of Sucre renowned for its grand ecclesiastical architecture. Three hours away is the old silver mining city of Potosi. In its heyday one of the wealthiest cities in the world, now it is a faded and charming colonial time warp. The sleepy, old-world Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos with their pretty churches are also a highlight.
When booking a luxury holiday to Bolivia with Lightfoot Travel, our experts will design a unique bespoke itinerary for you, which could include outdoor adventure, Unesco treasures, cities and natural marvels.