Seeing the Sites in Bolivia. Bolivia is a landlocked country in South America nestled between Chile and Brazil. The diverse landscape here means that you can experience everything from mountains, to salt flats, to lakes. Let’s take a look at some of the must-see places in Bolivia.
Uyuni Salt Flats
The Uyuni Salt Flats are the world’s largest, clocking in at over 10,500 square kilometers. The salt flat formed atop several ancient lakes and brine water still exists under several meters of salt. If you go during the wet season (November to April), the flats turn into a shallow salt lake. But in the dry season, all the water evaporates, leaving hexagon-shaped patterns of crystallized salt. You can get to this dazzling destination by bus or by train.
Isla del Sol
Love Incan culture? Then you’ll want to visit Isla del Sol, an island in the middle of a lake that straddles Bolivia and Peru. There are over 80 archeological sites on this island, more than enough for a day trip to discover Incan culture.
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This is the lake that surrounds Isla del Sol. It is the largest and deepest lake in South America, sitting in the Andes Mountains between 2 countries. Put Titicaca on your list if you want to kayak on a perfect mirror lake.
Yungas Road is not for the faint-hearted. Also called “Death Road,” it’s one of the most dangerous bicycling routes in the world. At 60 kilometers in length, much of it consists of a dirt road with no fence and a sharp drop down thousands of feet. Add in rain and fog, and the danger of sliding off a cliff seems very real.
Imagine professional wrestling, but instead of guys in spandex, you have middle-aged women in big poofy dresses beating on each other. That’s the long and short of Cholitas. Women originally organized these tournaments for fun, but now there are regular matches in some of Bolivia’s major cities. It’s a perfect event for a lighthearted night out.