Bold and Beautiful Bolivia

Otherworldly landscapes and diverse natural beauty make Bolivia a must-see spot in South America for the adventurous traveler.

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Yungas Road

Bolivia’s North Yungas Road, dubbed the “world’s most dangerous road” and “Death Road,” is notorious for the roughly 100 deaths that occur here yearly. This 43-mile stretch of road, with its hairpin curves and 2,600-foot drops in the Andes Mountains, has now become a tourist destination for the daredevil traveler.

Sucre

Sucre, the first capital of Bolivia, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1991. Known for its whitewashed colonial architecture and indigenous population, Sucre is a must-stop when touring Bolivia.

Laguna Verde

Laguna Verde (“green lagoon” in Spanish) is a striking salt lake at the southern tip of Bolivia, near the Bolivia-Argentina border. Visitors often see pink flamingoes near this stunning blue-green lagoon.

Carnaval de Oruro

Bolivia’s Carnaval de Oruro is its most celebrated festival, taking place eight days before Ash Wednesday. Carnaval begins with the diablada (devil dance), a traditional folk ritual with dancers dressed in elaborate costumes and frightening masks.

Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada, the “Red Lagoon," is a shallow salt lake located within the Eduardo National Reserve. Red algae and plankton give the lake its striking red color, which is a stark contrast to the white salt deposits that line the lake.

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake and the world's highest navigable lake, is located between Bolivia and Peru. On the Bolivian side of the lake lie the village of Challapampa and the labyrinthine ruins of Chinkana.

Salar de Uyuni

A trip to Bolivia wouldn’t be complete without seeing the spectacular Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world. With a seemingly limitless horizon, the Uyuni salt flats are so vast that they can be seen from space.

Tiwanaku

Located near the southern shore of Lake Titicaca lies one of the most mysterious ancient ruins in South America, Tiwanaku. This World Heritage Site includes temples and intriguing megalithic statues.

Mt. Illimani

Mt. Illimani is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Real, a subrange of the Andes Mountains, and the second highest in Bolivia. It dominates the city skyline of La Paz with its snow-capped peaks, which soar more than 21,200 feet.

La Paz

While Sucre is the first capital, La Paz is the center of all government and commerce in Bolivia. One of the highest-elevated capital cities in the world, La Paz soars over 13,000 feet above sea level.

Madidi National Park

Bolivia's Madidi National Park, one of the most protected and biodiverse areas in world, has a landscape that ranges from glaciers to rainforests. A new species of the titi monkey was discovered here in 2004.

Eduardo Avaroa National Park

One of the most unusual sights in Eduardo Avaroa National Park is the Árbol de Piedra or “stone tree” (pictured here). Bolivia’s most visited national park is also is home to the Laguna Colorada (“Red Lagoon”), three species of flamingoes, as well as hot springs and geysers.