Often overshadowed by its neighbours: Peru, Chile and Brazil, Bolivia doesn’t spend a whole lot of time in the limelight. While you might be tempted to think that this is because there isn’t much to see or do there, I urge you to think otherwise. Bolivia is one of the world’s most incredible vacation destinations for a huge number of reasons.
If you’re unsure about where to travel for your next vacation, you could do a lot worse than spending time in this South America gem. Here are five reasons why you should book yourself a trip to Bolivia right now.
- It Is Really Cheap
Let’s be honest, the more affordable a destination is, the more fun you are going to have there. Bolivia is the cheapest country to travel to in all of South America so your money goes a really long way there. No need to worry about cooking in your Airbnb or sticking to a budget. You can eat out every night, do every tour available and still have money left over for a few beers in the evening. Plus you can upgrade from average hotels to top hotels without breaking the bank.
- La Paz Is Unreal
La Paz is famously the highest capital in the world – except it isn’t technically the capital –thattitle goes to Sucre. Nevertheless, La Paz is a very big city sitting at some serious altitude and it definitely shouldn’t be missed. Here, you’ll see lunar landscapes that look like something from a different planet peppered with ramshackle houses and towering skyscrapers. It is a city of contrasts and it is all enclosed by a range of snow-capped mountains.
- The Salt Flats Are The Ultimate Photo Shoot Location
Bolivia’s salt flats, know as the Salar de Uyuni, are the largest in the world and cover over 4,000 square miles. Tours to visit the salt flats leave from the town of Uyuni and drive far out into the white, desolate plain. Once you are deeps into the flats and all you can see is bright white stretching out in all directions the driver will stop and the fun begins. The classic shot is a perspective photo with a toy dinosaur or other animal, where you look tiny and the toy looks huge.
- Bolivia Is the Cheapest Place to Learn Spanish
Sucre, the actual capital of Bolivia, is a hotspot for foreigners who want to learn Spanish. Lessons are incredibly cheap and the quality of the teaching is surprisingly high. Going to school during your vacation might not be your idea of a good time, but you would be amazed at how much you can pick up in just a few lessons. Plus, the extra language skills will really enhance the rest of your trip.
- There Is Even a Jungle
People often think of Bolivia as cold and barren because of the altitude. This is true for a vast part of the country, but there are still patches of lush vegetation if you’re willing to get off the beaten track. Samaipata is around four hours away from Santa Cruz but it feels like a different world. Here, you will find verdant valleys, sparkling waterfalls, and a much warmer climate than you would find in most other parts of the country.