Oruro Carnival: a guide to Bolivia's largest annual festival
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Places in Bolivia
La Paz is dizzying in every respect, not only for its well-publicized altitude (3660m), but for its quirky beauty. Most travelers enter this extraordinary city via the flat sparse plains of the sprawling city of El Alto, an approach that hides the sensational surprises of the valley below. The first glimpse of La Paz will, literally, take your breath away.
La Paz & Around
La Paz is a city of Gothic proportions, world-class views and a multi-ethnic cultural imprint unique to the Americas. It’s sinister and serendipitous – often at the same time. While there’s plenty of petty crime, traffic and pollution, La Paz is somehow so unique and so odd that it could very well become the highlight of your trip.
The Central Highlands are located at the heart of the country and for many represent the heart of the nation. Gorgeous whitewashed Sucre, with elegant patioed houses and noble churches, is where independence was declared in 1825. Potosí, on the other hand, is a powerful symbol of the natural wealth of the country, built on the silver deposits extracted from nearby Cerro Rico.
Santa Cruz & Gran Chiquitania
The Bolivian Oriente is not what you generally see in Bolivian tourist brochures. This tropical region, the country’s most prosperous, has a palpable desire to differentiate itself from Bolivia’s traditional highland image. The region’s agriculture boom in recent years brought about a rise in income and a standard of living unequalled by any other Bolivian province.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
Salar de Uyuni: a journey across Bolivia’s remarkable salt flats
The world's largest salt flat - Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni - is a surreal realm of mirages, where the bone-dry landscape reflects the sky like a mirror...
Bolivia: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Bolivia guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...
This week the staff of Lonely Planet have been writing unashamed love letters to their favourite destinations - what they loved, why they loved it and why you should too...
Staff favourites: Jerome's Bolivia
It's no secret that here at Lonely Planet we love to travel. We all develop soft spots for particular destinations, so this week we're highlighting the places that the Lonely Planeteers love...