“The beggar sitting on a heap of riches” is how Bolivia is often described. It is one of South America’s poorest nations, but the astounding diversity of its wildlife and ethnic groups gives it a cultural wealth that remains intact as traditional life in surrounding nations dwindles. It’s an isolated land, with one of the world’s lowest population densities and greatest topographical extremes. However, all of this combines in a fascinating way, to make Bolivia one of South America’s best-kept secrets, for now.

Attractions include Andean snow-capped peaks over 6000m, high-altitude deserts, which fade into surreal salt flats; well known for being one of the most evocative sights in South America, to the remote wilderness of the Amazon rainforest. If that wasn’t enough the shimmering deep blue Lake Titicaca set is another captivating sight. While finally the beautiful Sucre and extraordinary La Paz are two captivating cities worth visiting, both of which staking a claim as the nation’s capital.

Top Recommendations

  • Be blinded by the brilliantly white Salar de Uyuni (salt flats) complete with bubbling geysers and aquamarine lagoons
  • Exploring the dizzying city of La Paz, dramatically set in a canyon fringed by snow-covered mountains
  • Marvel at the astounding range of wildlife in Bolivia’s Amazonian rainforest arounRurrenbaque
  • Feel the adrenaline rush on a mountain biking trek along what was once dubbed “the world’s most dangerous road”
  • Trek through the giddying heights of the Cordillera Real, along ancient Inca routes
  • Boat to the traditional Isla del Sol, legendary home of the Inca, on the world’s highest navigable lake, Lago de Titicaca

When to Visit

The best time to visit Bolivia varies by region but is generally considered to be April to October. This is the dry winter season when the skies should be clear and sunny in La Paz, Lake Titicaca and Uyuni – although take plenty of layers as temperatures get cold, especially at night. In the wet summer season of December to March, the Salar de Uyuni can be flooded meaning sightseeing may be altered.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for La Paz.