The most beautiful places in Bolivia

The most beautiful places in Bolivia

Wonderful places from mountains to jungle

Bolivia, thanks to huge changes in altitude, offers a variety of beautiful and unique places. From volcanoes and lagoons in the Altiplano plateau to the endless Amazon forest. Above that is here an interesting rock towns and high mountains.

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Parinacota
-18.164, -69.142
6 342 m / 20 807 ft

#1 Parinacota

The most beautiful volcano in the world

Among the most beautiful volcanoes of Bolivia and the whole world, there is, by a white cap decorated, Parinacota (6 342 m asl). Although the most fashionable exit trails lead to it from Bolivia, the most beautiful view is from the Chilean side of Lake Chungara. Together with the neighboring Pomerape Volcano (6,282m asl), they are called "two mountains" after the Payachata in Ayamu.

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Laguna Colorada
-22.208, -67.774
4 290 m / 14 075 ft

#2 Laguna Colorada

Red heart of Altiplano

Red Laguna Colorada belongs among one of the biggest attractions of this part of Bolivia. You will admire here thousands of flamingos living in this red lagoon surrounded by volcanic mountains.  

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Titicaca Lake
-15.925, -69.335
3 820 m / 12 533 ft

#3 Titicaca Lake

Freshwater sea

This fabulous lake is situated at an altitude of 3 820 meters above sea level. It is often stated as the highest navigable lake in the world. With its area of 8549 square kilometers it is also the second largest lake in South America. There are 36 islands and it has a clear blue colored water. It is actually a remnant of an ancient sea that once covered almost entire Altiplano.

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Licancabur
-22.833, -67.883
5 960 m / 19 554 ft

#4 Licancabur

Volcanic lighthouse over lagoon Verde

One of the most typical Bolivian scenery is the view from the lagoon Verde of volcano Licancabur (5 960 m asl) lying directly on the border with Chile. Beautifully symmetrical volcanic cone rises to a height of nearly six thousand meters above sea level. Despite its height it belongs among simple hiking destinations.  

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Laguna Chiar Khota
-18.05, -69.051
4 998 m / 16 398 ft

#5 Laguna Chiar Khota

Lake with fabulous views

Laguna Chiar Khota (4998m above sea level) is the highest lake you can see on the Lagunas de Altura classical trail. Thanks to its incredible view of the Sajama Volcano, it is also one of the most interesting places in the entire trek.

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Salar de Uyuni
-20.164, -67.571
3 660 m / 12 008 ft

#6 Salar de Uyuni

The biggest salar in the world

Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt desert on the earth. It is, for example, twice larger than famous Great Salt Lake in Utah. It has 12 106 square kilometers, salt layer is between 2-20 meters and annually is mined 20,000 tons. In addition, there are interesting black rocks towering from salar like true "islands". They are covered by several cacti. Dry salt makes interesting geometric polygons here. On the other hand, when is salar after rains full of water, it looks like an endless mirror.  

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Bolivian death road
-16.277, -67.795
2 451 m / 8 041 ft

#7 Bolivian death road

The most famous South American road

If you want to get to Yungas region or to the Amazon from the Altipláno plateau, you always have a dangerous downhill run. The most famous of these dangerous roads is the Camino de la Muerte - Death Road. Today you will meet here mostly cyclists, thanks to a new safer road.

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El Silar
-21.428, -65.812
3 350 m / 10 991 ft

#8 El Silar

Bolivian Bryce canyon

The most beautiful part of the valley Palca is a vast rock town of El Silar. Hundreds of eroded rock towers protrude here above the semi-arid landscape. The entire area is easily accessible from Tupiza. You can spend here hours by strolling and admiring the views. It is the most beautiful rock town in Bolivia.

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Tupiza
-21.444, -65.721
2 965 m / 9 728 ft

#9 Tupiza

The heart of the Bolivian wild west

The city of Tupiza itself is not a complete attraction for tourists. The amazing landscape of colorful rocks stretching all over the city attracts a lot. It is a great base for long hikes and horseback rides.

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Desert Desierto de Dali
-22.659, -67.71
4 700 m / 15 420 ft

#10 Desert Desierto de Dali

Desert between pastel volcanoes

High mountain desert measuring about 10x10km surrounded on three sides by volcanoes abounding with pastel colors is one of the big attractions on salar tour. Unfortunately, most cars stop here only for a short time and then continue on to thermal springs Polque.  

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Sorata
-15.773, -68.65
2 701 m / 8 862 ft

#11 Sorata

The starting point for Cordillera Real

The city of Sorata boasts with an absolutely stunning location between sharp ridges just off the mighty peaks of Cordillera Real - Ancohuma and Illampa. In addition, there is a welcoming climate, making it an ideal place to relax or perfect trekking

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Palca Canyon
-16.564, -67.971
3 660 m / 12 008 ft

#12 Palca Canyon

A bizarre canyon full of rock formations

Just a short distance to the east of the largest city of Bolivia La Paz is another natural wonder - the canyon of Palca. Here you can admire the imposing rock towers and enjoy the stunning scenery

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Fumaroles Sol de Maňana
-22.434, -67.756
4 870 m / 15 978 ft

#13 Fumaroles Sol de Maňana

Devil's cauldron

The biggest "volcanic" attraction on the entire salar tour are smoking fumaroles Sol de Maňana at a height of nearly five thousand meters above sea level. There are several such "smokey places", so do not be surprised to see only a pond full of mud instead of amazing photos you have admired on pictures. You just may need to walk away a little.  

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Cacti at Isla Incahuasi
-20.242, -67.625
3 712 m / 12 178 ft

#14 Cacti at Isla Incahuasi

Gigantic cacti at salar

Stop on the "island" Inca Huasi lying on an immense salar de Uyuni is a great experience, mainly due to the giant cacti that grow here. Some reach up to 12 meters. At sunrise it is especially interesting here.

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Pampas del Yacuma
-14.142, -66.799
166 m / 545 ft

#15 Pampas del Yacuma

Bolivian Pantanal

Amazon Basin does not provide only an impenetrable jungle, but also the vast pampas full of animals. The ideal place to watch caimans, kapybar or anakonda are pampas along the Yacuma River in the neighborhood of Santa Rosa

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Laguna Hedionda
-21.578, -68.043
4 119 m / 13 514 ft

#16 Laguna Hedionda

Lagoon full of flamingos

Lagoon Hedionda is one of the most beautiful ones out of the six lagoons lying close together on the way from laguna Colorada to salar Uyuni. The surrounding volcanoes reflect in its waters and dozens of flamingos seek food here. If you're lucky, you will see here also shy ilamas vicunas. There is also a small hotel, so it is possible to stay here overnight.

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Maididi National park
-14.553, -67.697
275 m / 902 ft

#17 Maididi National park

A little different Amazon

From the provincial town of Rurrenabaque, located at the southern end of the Amazonian Basin, you can go on a boat along the Beni River to the surrounding beautiful jungle. You will be accompanied by beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ridges

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Sun Island
-16.018, -69.179
4 031 m / 13 225 ft

#18 Sun Island

Sacred island on Lake Titicaca

The Incas, according to the ancient legends, determined their origin from the island of the Sun, located on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. Inca king was regarded as the son of the sun. On the island there are several nice beaches, terraced fields and small archaeological sites. The most beautiful is however the ridge path overlooking the imposing peaks of Cordillera Real

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Zongo pass
-16.287, -68.129
4 764 m / 15 630 ft

#19 Zongo pass

Pass under Huayna Potosí

Only a short distance from La Paz is the Zongo Pass (4,764 meters above sea level). Just below the pass is the magical Milluni lagoon. From everywhere is a view of the impressive six-thousand-foot Huayna Potosí

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La Paz
-16.496, -68.134
3 652 m / 11 982 ft

#20 La Paz

The largest city of Bolivia

The city of La Paz is the largest and, in fact, the capital of Bolivia (but by the constitution is the capital of Sucre). More than just the sights in the center will captivate the city's overall panorama, set in a huge valley with the Illimani peak on the horizon

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Apacheta Chucura Pass
-16.322, -68.054
4 870 m / 15 978 ft

#21 Apacheta Chucura Pass

The highest point of El Choro trek

Pass Chucura Apacheta (4 870 m asl) is the highest point of the trek on the ancient Inca trail El Choro. Up to the pass leads a dusty small road from the "asphalt" pass La Cumbre. But to the other side leads only a steep path. From the vicinity of the pass on the ridge of Cordillera Real is a nice view of the six thousand meters high Huyana Potosi.

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Copacabana town
-16.166, -69.085
3 860 m / 12 664 ft

#22 Copacabana town

Picturesque little town on Lake Titicaca

The Bolivian Copacabana, often confused by the famous beach of Rio de Janeiro, is a nice town on Lake Titicaca. It boasts with a beautiful white cathedral, nice beach, and the Cerro Calvaria hill from where you can enjoy great views

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Chacaltaya
-16.35, -68.127
5 363 m / 17 595 ft

#23 Chacaltaya

The former world's highest ski slope

Chacaltaya is basically not very interesting mountain. Rather, it's just such a lackluster peak. What makes it interesting is the outlook from it of the surrounding glaciated giants and most importantly, that it is easily accessible five thousand meters high mountain as the small road leading to the mountain hut ends just a little more than a hundred vertical meters below the peak. Tourist often come here to see the place, where used to be the highest ski resort in the world once (before the glacier forever melted).

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Tiwanaku
-16.555, -68.673
3 858 m / 12 657 ft

#24 Tiwanaku

The most important Bolivian ruins

Just a short distance from Lake Titicaca there are the most remarkable Bolivian ruins - Tiwanaku, the former capital of the same empire. The most important local monument is the interesting gate of the Sun.

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City of Sucre
-19.048, -65.26
2 809 m / 9 216 ft

#25 City of Sucre

Capital of Bolivia

According to the Constitution, Sucre is the capital of Bolivia, but it is by far the largest or the most important. You will find here picturesque colonial architecture and interesting surroundings. Not far from the city is the mysterious Maragua crater

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Lookout from Sandillani settlement
-16.222, -67.876
1 994 m / 6 542 ft

#26 Lookout from Sandillani settlement

View of the entire El Choro trek

The Sandillani settlement is not only the place where you camp in second day of the El Choro trek, but also a great view of the green ridges of Yungas and Cordillera Real. Especially at sunrise it has great charm here

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Potosí
-19.589, -65.754
3 991 m / 13 094 ft

#27 Potosí

Silver City

The city of Potosí was famous for its giant amount of silver, which was extracted from Cerro Rico. Thanks to this mountain, Medieval Spain grew rich. At the same time, it is one of the highest-lying large cities in the world. Today you will find mainly colonial monuments.

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The Moon valley in La Paz
-16.567, -68.094
3 305 m / 10 843 ft

#28 The Moon valley in La Paz

An interesting rock town in the capital city

One of the few tourist attractions in La Paz is the interesting rock town of Vall de la Luna "Moon Valley". You can explore the bizarre rock towers here. Ideal to combine this trip with a hike on Chacaltaya Mountain

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Church of San Cristobal
-21.154, -67.166
3 766 m / 12 356 ft

#29 Church of San Cristobal

Famous church

The church in San Cristobal is one of the most famous in Bolivian Altiplano. He is famous for the strangely circumferential wall that surrounds him and works at the same time as a small bell tower

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Cerro Rico
-19.618, -65.75
4 782 m / 15 689 ft

#30 Cerro Rico

Mountain full of silver

Cerro Rico "rich mountain" is dominating the city of Potosi and it was the largest source of silver for medieval Spain. Only few tourist embarks on top of the mountain (even if it leads dirt road) to see Potosi from above. Most goes into the bowels of the mountain to get to know burdensome life of miners.

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Cemetery train
-20.479, -66.834
3 675 m / 12 057 ft

#31 Cemetery train

Remnants of Bolivian train rush

At the southern end of the dusty, cold and windy Uyuni is a unique set of trains and locomotives, the so-called Cemeterio de Trenes Cemetery. Unfortunately, nobody is trying to restore these trains at least. Even so, it's a very interesting place to visit, though it may seem pretty depressing for you.

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The picturesque church in Sajama
-18.136, -68.977
4 245 m / 13 927 ft

#32 The picturesque church in Sajama

The most significant monument in the Sajama Nation

The most significant and unique monument in the village and the entire Sajama National Park is picturesque, so typical of the Altiplano plateau, a church with a bell tower.

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Rock formation Arbol de Piedra
-22.052, -67.882
4 800 m / 15 748 ft

#33 Rock formation Arbol de Piedra

Rock mushroom on Altiplano

Arbol de Piedra is the most famous rock formation on the southwestern Bolivian Altiplano. Each of off road  salar tours has here at least a short stop. Thanks to the surrounding desert Siloli and volcanic ridges has this place an interesting atmosphere.

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