Food & Drink
With the opening of a spate of top-rated places, the city's restaurant scene is booming. If fine dining's not your thing, hit the city's stalls for lip-smackingly good street food. More of a java head? Cool new coffee bars are the place to get your caffeine fix.
In the tangle of open-air stalls, covered malls, crafts kiosks and witches' markets you can find just about everything under the sun, including crafts and textiles from throughout Bolivia, aphrodisiacs, wood carvings, metal pipes and tin pans.
Party in Peace
La Paz loves to party. And at 3660m, just about everybody’s a lightweight. Diverse religious and civic festivals bring plenty of daytime pageantry. Come sunset, a parade of different sorts takes hold in the discos and bars of Sopocachi.
Birthplace of the Sun
The Tiwanaku and Inca believed the sun and their civilization were born from this remarkable body of water and this mystical place remains a great spot to explore pre-Columbian history.
On Isla del Sol you’ll encounter numerous ruins that date to before the Conquest, as well as intact indigenous villages. But be sure to check for the latest updates on an in-island conflict that has left much of Isla del Sol out of bounds to travelers.
Water & Ice
There are no bad views over Lake Titicaca. Crossing between islands, you’ll be entranced by mirrored reflections of the nearby Cordillera Real, while the sunsets and sunrises will burn their imprint into your soul.
The Cordilleras & Yungas
Ancient Inca trails lead from the high Andes to the edge of the Amazon, taking you through diverse ecosystems, past squawking riots of tropical birds, indigenous villages, waterfalls and impressively sheer cliffs. From well-trodden trails to lesser-followed paths, there are many options to choose from.
Step into Vertical
Strap on your crampons and ice axe for an ascent of the glaciated peaks of the Cordilleras Real, Apolobamba and Quimsa Cruz. There are peaks that have only been summited a handful of times and trade routes good for novice climbers.
With elevation drops of more than 3000m, this is one of the best downhill mountain-biking spots in the world. Push the envelope on arm-busting descents of the World’s Most Dangerous Road, past waterfalls near Sorata or down seldom-visited single tracks.
Bolivia’s altiplano is a wilderness of bleak and vast proportions. Up here, under the sheltering sun, wild herds of vicuñas are on the rise. Lucky visitors will also spot South America’s aloof version of the ostrich, the rhea, plus any number of Andean camelids.
Salar de Uyuni
Adventure abounds on a three- or four-day jeep tour of the Salar de Uyuni. There are mountain-bike trips, horseback adventures and ATV tours from nearby Tupiza, as well as climbs up massive volcanic peaks and descents into centuries-old mines.
As you make your way across this remarkable and remote wilderness, you’ll marvel at the world’s largest salt flat, whimsical rock formations, cacti-filled valleys straight out of the Old West, volcanic peaks, Technicolor lakes and a sky that seems to stretch forever.
Cochabambinos (Cochabamba residents) say their year-round spring-like climate makes it the ideal place to live. Whether coming from sultry lowlands or freezing highlands, you might just agree. If you're heading down from mountains, the air will feel heady with oxygen. It's a good acclimatizing spot heading the other way.
There is nowhere in Bolivia that can match the majesty of Sucre, a wonderfully understated town in the foothills of the Andes that gave birth to the nation's independence. The museums, cathedrals and plazas make this one of Bolivia’s most historic cities.
A visit to the silver mines of Potosí offers an evocative, haunting and daunting journey into the region's past. The ornate colonial architecture of the city the mine funded are also worthy of your time.
South Central Bolivia & the Chaco
The arid, thorny hills of the baking-hot Chaco give way to a windswept highland landscape peppered with pink-flamingo lakes. There’s a delightful vibe around Tarija’s wine country, and plenty of wild national parks and reserves.
Though its reputation is growing, Bolivian wine doesn’t often get the credit it deserves. A few days sampling the goods in the Valle de la Concepción near Tarija will quickly turn you into a convert, as will the friendly folks who call this land of wine and honey home.
Chapaco (local to Tarija) cuisine is unique and inventive. While some of the dishes sound more appealing than others, you won’t find a similar menu elsewhere in the country. Try it at the night market or at one of the city's welcoming restaurants.
Santa Cruz & Gran Chiquitania
Santa Cruz is big on eats, and its cosmopolitan population offers a variety of culinary options that will whet the appetite of even the fussiest eater. From Peruvian ceviche to US-style chicken wings, you're sure to leave town well-fed.
Che pilgrims will make a beeline for La Higuera, where the revolutionary's Bolivian project finally came to an end. He was executed by troops, and taken to nearby Vallegrande, where his body was displayed. A series of sights in both towns commemorate the revolutionary; local guides offer fascinating tours of the Che Trail.
Wonderfully ornate churches that have been reconstructed in their original style are the centerpieces of the remote towns that make up the Jesuit Mission Circuit, one of the country's most surprising and entrancing highlights.
The very word Amazon is synonymous with adventure. Progress is slow and the insects can be a distraction, but this is a land where nature rules and you are just a guest. Float down the river on a jungle journey you'll never forget; your inner 10-year-old will thank you.
Exuberant festivals in Trinidad and San Ignacio de Moxos are famous nationwide for their color and chaos, and will leave you in no doubt that you are in the heart of the Amazon.
Hands down the most biodiverse region on the planet, the Amazon has almost mythical status among ecotourists, who are tempted by the possibility of a fleeting glimpse of a jaguar or the world's rarest macaw, and wooed by the morning chorus of howler monkeys.