LAND OF SUPERLATIVES

 

On a continent of heavyweights like Brazil and Argentina there is one, often overlooked, country that should be on everyone’s radar moving forward. It is home to the highest cities, the highest navigable lake, the largest stretch of protected land, the largest salt flat, and even one of the largest dinosaur footprints in the world. This is Bolivia.

What Bolivia lacks in coastline, it makes up for in many other ways. Its diverse landscapes include snow-capped mountains and glaciers in the high Andes, rugged jungle terrain and whitewater rivers in the Yungas region, temperate valleys with Mediterranean-like weather and sparsely populated desserts rich in wildlife.

Bolivia is fast becoming a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts for good reason. It offers excellent trekking through virtually untouched flora and fauna. Mountain bikers are drawn to famous routes with ominous names like “death road”. And skiers and climbers are continuously drawn to Bolivia by the numerous peaks ranging from 15,000 to 20,000 feet high.

The country can also offer an exceptional cultural experience as well. There are Jesuit missions dating back to the 17th century with magnificent churches completely intact. There is an extensive network of Bolivian rock art dating back several millennia. The beautiful city of Sucre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to one of the oldest university’s in the Americas. Finally, in the town of Oruro during Carnival, there is a centuries old ritual knows as “diablada” (devil dance) that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Perhaps our favorite thing about Bolivia though, is the sense of how incredibly untouched the country is. You will feel spoiled with the sheer variety of landscapes and the numerous national parks available. It’s impossible not to be impressed with the surreal landscape of the Uyuni Salt Lake or the amazing Madidi National Park in the Amazon river basin. And these are just a sampling of what Bolivia can offer. The best time to travel is the local winter season from May to October when the climate is generally drier and the days clearer. Let us show you why Bolivia is one of South America’s best kept secrets.