Looking for a more mellow adventure? Then head on over to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, with an elevation of 12,507 ft. Explore the lively town of Copacabana located on the shores of the lake and serves as a great base camp if you’re looking to check out Isla del Sol and Isla del Luna (Sun & Moon Island). Both islands offer great experiences and insight into life on the lake. Isla del Sol has a few small little villages scattered throughout the island and are connected by a network of hiking trails that offer stunning views of the lake and mountains off in the distance. Accommodations are available if you’re looking to spend the night, grab a glass of wine and watch the sunset after a brilliant day.
Head south to Salar de Uyuni, the amazing salt flats that are the largest in the world. They cover more than 4,000 square miles and sit at an elevation of almost 12,000 feet. Once you get out on the flats the rest of the world just seems to fade away. A breathtaking flat sea of white as far as the eye can see, in every direction. A few small land masses poke up out of the white as if they are islands rising out of the water. On these islands you will find microecosystems with vegetation as well as small animals that have adapted to the harsh environment that surrounds them. One of the best things that you can do is spend the night in the salt flats at a hotel constructed of salt. The table at which you eat dinner, the chairs that you sit on and the bed that you sleep in are all made of salt. At night. go outside and look up. It will seem as if a blanket of stars has been thrown over you, more stars than you have ever seen before and will most likely never see that many again. Enjoy it!
If you’re not already blown away by a country that you almost missed, you will not want to forget about the great colonial cities of Sucre and Potosi, both UNESCO heritage sites. There are great streets to walk, amazing architecture to view, cafes to enjoy a bite, and town squares to grab a seat and take it all in. Another attraction that travelers forget about is the Amazon, which encompassses half of Bolivia’s landmass. If you are looking for a rustic and real Amazon Jungle experience, then Bolivia is where you want to go. But it is important to keep in mind that rustic and real normally translates to basic and somewhat challenging to get to, however those who are willing to make the journey are rewarded with unforgettable memories.
If you have never been to South America, or are still searching for that image that you had in your mind, then look no further than Bolivia. Amazing in every way and waiting quietly for you to discover it and explore all that it has to offer.