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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
A village on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Yampupata lies between Isla del Sol and Copacabana.
Atulcha is a little Bolivian hamlet located on the edge of the Salar d'Uyuni salt flat.
Chuvica is a city located on the doorstop of Salar de Uyuni, and is known for its hotel built entirely from salt.
Lying around six miles from the town of Uyuni and right on the edge of the Salar salt flat, Colchani is a tiny village where the local families live a wretched existence extracting and working the salt.
Copacabana is the largest town on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
On the border of Chile and Bolivia, Ojo de Perdiz is a typical desert in the Andean Altiplano.
Rio Lauca is a river originating at Laguna Cotacotani in Chile and flows into Lake Coipasa in Bolivia.
The Purapurani is a high-altitude river located in the Purapurani Valley.
Tuni is an Andean village located deep within the Cordillera Real mountain range.
Also known as Hito Cajón, Portezuelo del Cajón is a border crossing between Bolivia and Chile.
200km from La Paz, Oruro is a horrible mining town in the Altiplano which is often windy and freezing cold.
Patacamaya is an uninteresting town located around 60 miles from La Paz.