Posted by: RasmaSandra | November 5, 2017

Bolivia

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Our armchair travels about South America have taken us to Bolivia which is in the central part. The country has a varied terrain spanning the Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert and the Amazon Basin rain forest.

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Copacabana is a quaint little town that sits

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on the shores of Lake Titicaca which is one of Bolivia’s most lovely and treasured landmarks. It is also the highest navigable lake in the world. Tourist come here for the fantastic views and to explore the area that the Inca’s believed to be the birthplace of their empire.

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The best way to enjoy Lake Titicaca is to take a boat trip from Copacabana to Isla del Sol. You can see ancient Inca ruins about the island and the Aymara villagers farming their land and tending to the sacred sites. It is a wonderful experience walking from one side of the island to the other.

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In Copacabana you can enjoy exploring the shops, restaurants and bars. The best place to get spectacular views is the summit of the “Stations of the Cross”.

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Tiwanaku a pre-Columbian archaeological site has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is supposedly named after one of the most important civilizations prior to the Inca Empire. It is also one of the oldest and highest urban cities ever built.

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The ruins consist of impressive architectural structures.

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La Paz sits at a height of 4058 meters above sea level and against an impressive backdrop of snow-capped mountains and is Bolivia’s third most populous city and the world’s highest seat of government. Here you can see the colorful lifestyle and traditions of the Aymara people.

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La Paz Tiwanaku Square

The city has many modern cafes, clubs, bars and restaurants as well as traditional markets, historic plazas and colonial structures.

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Madidi National Park stretches for 7000 square miles from the Andes deep into the Amazon. It is one of the most bio-diverse places in the world. Visitors enjoy the wide variety of flora and fauna. There is rugged terrain along with winding rivers, rolling grasslands, lakes, steep slopes and the indigenous people of the tropical rain forest.

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The best way to explore the park is by taking one of the many ecological and cultural tours. You’ll learn about medicinal plants, hear the sounds of over 1000 species of birds and spot wildlife like jaguars.

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A great place to have an adventure is backpacking along the trails in the Chiquitania Region. Here you’ll find tropical savanna climate, Jesuit Missions, amazing wildlife and unusual natural history.

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Among the highlights here are the mysterious rock formations of the Santiago de Chiquitos Mirador

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and the hot thermal springs of Aquas Calientes.

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You can do some jaguar watching at Kas Iya National Park

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and sand boarding in Lomas de Arena.

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The Oruro Carnival is one of the most famous festivals in all of South America and occurs in the arid region of Altiplano in a mining town. Each year on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday the little town of Oruro hosts the carnival. The highlights include folk dances, extravagant costumes, lovely crafts, lively music and twenty straight hours of continuous partying.

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It has become a well-known tourist attraction and draws crowds up to 400,000 people. The festival is celebrated throughout the country of Bolivia but the most popular place is Oruro.

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Sucre is the fifth largest city in Bolivia. It was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. It has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It offers visitors many fascinating things to see, free events and enjoyable things to do.

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Take the time to explore Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. This endless white desert offers the most amazing and impressive scenery. You can see flamingos on a high altitude lagoon and islands covered in cacti.

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When the rains come the water sits on top of the cemented salts, reflecting the sky above, making these salt flats into the world’s largest mirror. The wildlife here includes llamas, flamingos and vizcachas, a kind of squirrel/rabbit animal at times known as a “scrabbit”.

Both tourists and photographers enjoy the scenery here. There are also natural hot springs.

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Samaipata is a beautiful town located in the foothills of Santa Cruz. It has also become a popular weekend retreat for the wealthier residents of Bolivia.

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The main attraction here is the World Heritage, pre-Inca archaeological site of El Fuerte, home to the largest carved stone in the world.

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The town is also the gateway to Bolivia’s natural treasure, Parque Nacional Amboro. This is a nature reserve with more than 912 bird species and over 177 mammalian species among them the puma and the rare spectacles bear.

It is often referred to as “The Little Switzerland of Bolivia”.

 

 

 

 https://www.bolivianlife.com/11-unmissable-tourist-attractions-in-bolivia/

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Responses

  1. Another great post! Perhaps some of those flamingos were feeding in our marshes recently. They are seen here from October through April usually.

    Thanks for the follow!

    • Glad you enjoyed the tour Lea.


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