You know when you have arrived in Bolivia. The landscapes are spectacular, from the almost extra-terrestrial beauty of the Uyuni salt flats and Lake Titicaca to the lush greenery of the Amazon basin. The night sky is so clear it feels like you can see to the far end of the universe. And the culture is a world away from the old-world infused cities of neighbours Argentina, Brazil and Chile. This is a much older world.
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Of all the Latin American countries, Bolivia has the largest indigenous population. The Spanish came, extracted valuable metals from the ground and promptly headed back to the more hospitable coastal parts of the continent. This makes modern Bolivia a fascinating country for visitors, where you can really explore indigenous South American culture away from the tourists.
De Facto capital city La Paz lives life at a pace. Despite the altitude, there’s plenty on offer for visitors, including full-on nightlife and a bewildering array of chicken dishes. But the really jaw dropping bits are a rickety bus ride away in the countryside. You’re likely to be the only gringo – and probably the only person full stop – for miles around, so enjoy the experience!
On the “roof” of the continent, with much of the country well over 3000m above sea level, learn Spanish in Bolivia and discover another way of life. Return to introduction...