Bolivia is home to breathtaking landscapes, historic sites, diverse wildlife, and cultural sites. Whether you want to explore nature or experience city life, you will have many options available to choose from during your visit to this South American country. You can choose from one of many Bolivia tourist attractions, some of which are major tourist attractions and some off the beaten path. No matter which attractions you plan to visit, each one you see is sure to make your vacation a memorable and unique experience.
Here are Bolivia Top 10 Tourist Attractions:
You will enter a world with some of the most unusual landscapes filled with rare and endangered species, including large colonies of vizcachas and flamingos, as you explore the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Your visit to this protected area will take you on a journey to see volcanic mountain peaks, geysers, hot springs, lakes, and sweeping deserts. While at the reserve, stop by the Laguna Colorada, a shallow lake famous for its intense red color created by algae.
If you are looking for something that is not considered a significant Bolivia tourist experience, you will want to visit the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitania. After hundreds of years, this attraction has remained intact and continues to marvel visitors worldwide. Your visit will have you surrounded by architecture influenced by both European and Amerindian cultures. This location is home to a biennial international music festival hosted by Asociación Pro Arte y Cultura and many other cultural activities.
Do you need an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? La Glorieta Castle is the place to go for a fairytale experience. Located less than a 30-minute bus ride from Sucre, this pink castle offers an opportunity to relax, explore, and see the home to the country’s only prince and princess from the late 1800s. Admission to this location is very affordable, but you might want to make sure you practice your Spanish before going because all the signs at the castle are written in Spanish.
Calling all bird and animal lovers. When visiting Bolivia, make your way to the Madidi National Park, where you will be immersed in incredible diversity among all the species in the park. This national park is home to more than 1,200 species of birds and countless other mammals, reptiles, insects, and more than 20,000 types of plants. Your visit to the Madidi National Park will take you on adventures through jungle treks, on animal safaris, and overnight at eco-lodges. This is one of the best opportunities you will have to experience and witness wildlife in their natural habitat in your lifetime. Additionally, the park is home to 46 indigenous communities from six tribes, many of whom still practice ancient Amazonian traditions, offering plenty of opportunities to experience local traditions and customs.
The colonial building, Museo Nacional del Arte, was constructed in 1175 out of pink sandstone and offers a fun experience showcasing art from different eras. The museum layout provides places to see different eras of art, many emphasizing religious themes, and a vast courtyard to go out and sit and relax for a bit. Next door to the museum is a gorgeous space that hosts many rotating exhibits featuring Bolivian artists.
Learn more about Bolivian culture and peoples at the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, where you will be surrounded by fascinating festival masks and 3,000 years’ worth of textiles. The museum is housed in an old colonial structure and is filled with cultural artifacts. Not only will you marvel at the unique artifacts, but you can dive deep into the local culture by taking classes to learn about pottery, drawing, and dance. The museum’s library holds the key to understanding more about the people of the Andes mountains, where you can browse through more than 15,000 books, many of which are rare. A visit here is definitely a unique experience when visiting Bolivia.
Located in the heart of La Paz, where the government palace is located, is the Plaza Murillo. The plaza is filled with many monuments and is surrounded by historical buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral. As you walk through the plaza, you will be standing in the same spots where many historical events occurred, and several leaders of the state once stood. If you are looking for a historical experience, visiting the Plaza Murillo should be a must for visiting Bolivia. Also, make sure to stop by around 10 a.m. to watch the changing of the guards.
Sol de la Mañana, Spanish for Morning Sun, is a geothermal field lined with geysers and bubbling mud pots. The landscape of Sol de la Mañana contrasts with the neighboring salt flats offering an impressive experience, especially when the geysers erupt, reaching heights up to 15 meters. Don’t forget your camera because you will want to capture every moment you spend exploring Sol de la Mañana.
The Isla Del Sol (Sun Island) is located on Lake Titicaca and is one of the best places to take a boat trip to explore more than 80 ancient Inca ruins. While exploring the ruins scattered throughout the island, you will encounter Aymara villagers who will be busy farming terraces and tending to the sacred sites. When exploring the island, make sure to visit the Yumani village on the south side, where you will see the Stair of the Inca, which will take you to the fabled Fountain of Youth.
Be prepared to do some hiking, there are no motor vehicles on the island, and the terrain can get a bit rocky. Overnight stays are available on the Isla Del Sol, making it possible for you to see both sunrise and sunset from this breathtakingly beautiful island and lake backdrop.
A visit to Tiwanaku is a must for any historian because this is one of the most important pre-Colombian sites in the Americas. This historic site is home to impressively crafted sculptures, gigantic stone building blocks, and a museum featuring information about this ancient culture that existed for more than 3000 years. The biggest draw at this site is the mysterious, megalithic stone arch, El Puerta del Sol (The Gate of the Sun), which is believed to be the gateway into a large temple complex. Other things you must see when visiting Tiwanaku include the Temple Kalasasaya and Templeto Subterraneo (an underground temple). You will be amazed by the quality of the craftsmanship of the sculptures, which is just one of the reasons visiting this site is a must when you are in Bolivia visiting near La Paz.
When you are ready to start planning your Bolivia vacation, make sure to include at least one, if not more, of these must-visit Bolivia attractions. The attractions you visit will depend upon your vacation goals. Your itinerary will depend upon if you want to experience the local culture, see native wildlife in the Bolivia Amazon, or go back in time to an ancient civilization. Visiting these popular attractions in Bolivia will help make your vacation experience unique as you create memories that last forever.
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