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An update from Evaneos

Best places to visit in Bolivia

To travel to Bolivia is to choose a destination in which mass tourism and all-inclusive package deals have no role to play. And so much the better! Most travellers do, however, combine a trip to Bolivia with a trip to Peru and are happy enough just to visit the area around La Paz. That's such a shame! With its virgin Amazon rainforest, the huge mountains of its Altiplano, and the arid plains in its east, Bolivia has scenery and landscapes unlike anything else in the world to offer. And that's without even mentioning its indigenous culture, which is so much in evidence everywhere in the country and so highly respected. It really is delightful!

What better way is there to get the most out of a travel destination than by swapping tips and ideas about what to see and do there? Evaneos' community of seasoned travellers have provided reviews of both the essential places to see and visit in Bolivia and their favourite off-the-beaten-track and out-of-the-way places.

La Paz, Bolivia's capital, is a charming, atypical and cosmopolitan city, and well worth spending several days exploring. The 4x4 tour of the Uyuni salt flat and Sud Lipez Province is definitely something every self-respecting adventurer should have on their to-do list. On your return, make a stop at Potosí mines, which were once a source of great wealth for Latin America.

To finish off this high-altitude excursion, spend some time in the Amazon rainforest atRurrenabaque, where you'll have the opportunity to see all kinds of jungle animals, including everything from caimans and monkeys to pink river dolphins. And why not reach to this region via the famous 'Death Road', Coroico, perhaps even descending it by bicycle?

Those with enough time on their hands should definitely go to see the giant tree ferns of Amboró National Park in the east of the country, which so many tourists miss the opportunity to visit. Something tourists normally don't miss, however, is the chance to let their hair down and enjoy themselves to the sounds and rhythms of the Diablada at the Oruro Carnival, the most famous in South America after that of Rio de Janeiro, and the opportunity to tour round the Jesuit missions of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

And when you've done all this, you will no doubt head next for Lake Titicaca and Peru, to visit an area which, with its wonderful landscapes and scenery, really is one of the essential places to see in South America.

What a programme! We'll leave you to browse the Evaneos website and find out more about all these sites for yourself. A word of warning however: they are all so wonderful that you might have difficulty deciding which to visit!

Julie Olagnol
Laguna Khota Pata is a lake located at an altitude of 14,630 ft in the Cordillera Real range.
Laguna Khotia is a high-altitude lake lying three hours from La Paz by bus.
Ramaditas Lagoon is a lagoon located in the heart of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve in the province of Sur Lipez.
Laguna San Francisco is a lagoon which sits 4,520 metres above sea level in the Cordillera Real.
Laguna Sorapata is a lake located in Sajama National Park in Bolivia's Oruro region.
Laguna Tres Picos is a high mountain lake located a few hours' walk from Laguna Khota Pata at the heart of the Cordillera Real mountains.
Laguna Tuni is a high altitude lagoon located in the Cordillera Real.
Laguna Wari Warani is a high altitude lagoon located in the Cordillera Real, in the region of La Paz.
Laguna Wichu Khota is a lake in Bolivia located at an altitude of 15,354 ft up in the mountains.
Laguna Jachcha Khasiri is a high altitude lagoon located in the heart of the Cordillera Real in the region of La Paz.
Llica is a small village located north of the famous Salar de Uyuni.
Maragua Crater is a geological formation located in the department of Chuquisaca.
Mina Susana is an old mine located in the Cordillera Real, not far from Laguna Glaciar.
The Devil's Tooth is a rock formation located in the hills around La Paz. It's best known as the Muela del Diablo.
The R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum is dedicated to Atacama's indigenous people. It is the museum with the greatest number of ancient relics in the whole of Chili.
Laguna Pampalarama is a mountain lake and a key area for outdoor sports and activities located around 12.5 miles north of La Paz.
Parinacota Volcano is located at an altitude of 6,348 m, on horseback, on the Chilean-Bolivian border. It's located in the department of Oruro, in Bolivia and in the district ofArica and Parinacota Region, in Chile. 
The Pequeño Alpamayo is a mountain located to the north of the Cordillera Real, in the department of La Paz.
The 20,610 ft high Pomerape volcano lies partly in Chile and partly in Bolivia. 
Quetena is a volcano located in the vicinity of the tiny town of Quetena Chico in Bolivia's Sud Lipez Province, which lies in the country's Potosi region. 
Refugio Santos is located in the Chiqapa Jawira valley at the heart of the Cordillera Real mountains.
Rio Chachakumani is a river that flows through the Chachakumani Valley in the Cordillera Real mountains, a few hours by road from La Paz.
Rio Yacuma is a river located in the Beni region of northwest Bolivia. What's special about it in particular? It is home to the boto, or pink river dolphin.
Salar de Chiguana is a salt desert not far from Salar de Uyuni in the region of Lípez.
The Sillajuay is a bi-national mountain , located in the Tarapacá region of Chile and in the department of Potosí in Bolivia.
Halfway between La Paz and Lake Titicaca, Sorata village is less than 10 000 ft high in altitude and acts as a base for hiking in the surroundings. Trekking lovers beware !
Sucre is a predominantly white-walled former colonial city.
Running along the Argentinian and Chilean borders, Uturuncu Volcano is located in one of the most beautiful regions in Bolivia: the province of Sur Lipez.
Alota is a small village located in the region of Potosí.
Irruputuncu is a volcano with two nationalities, located on the border of Chile and Bolivia.