Delve into our Bolivia and Peru travel guide to see how combining these two countries couldn’t be easier. You’ll discover a variety of Andean cultures – with Inca and Aymara communities dotted along your route, and experience two of South America’s greatest sights: Machu Picchu and the Salar de Uyuni.
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Pass the salt…
The Salar de Uyuni is one of the world’s most stunning and surreal sights. Covering a whopping 10,582km2 of Andean plateau, this epic salt pan stands at 3,650m above sea level, meaning it’ll take your breath away in more than one sense.
Today, this prehistoric salt lake is Bolivia’s biggest attraction, and three-day jeep tours take intrepid travellers across the salt crust to the inhospitable, giant cacti-covered 'island' of Incahuasi, in the middle of the blinding whiteness. Highlights include staying in a hotel made entirely of salt, witnessing one of the biggest sunrises you’ll ever see, and taking photographs of the unusual loss of perspective created by the endless pan. Most tours of the Salar will also visit the high desert – with rock formations worthy of a Dali painting, flamingo-filled lagoons, gurgling mud pools and strange lakes that change colour in the welcome warmth of dawn.
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Bolivia’s image as a high-altitude Inca kingdom belies the fact that two thirds of it is blanketed by the Amazon.
Discover the Amazon
The 'lungs of the earth' shelter fantastic creatures, from pink freshwater dolphins to macaws and capybaras, spider monkeys and anacondas. Trek through the jungle, or take a river cruise in the pampas, where the sparse vegetation means wildlife is viewed more easily. Stay in a community-owned lodge for a real Amazonian immersion, or visit a gaucho cowboy ranch to discover the landscape on horseback.
Meet the Aymara
… and the Quechua, the Tacana, the Chimán, the Guaraní…
Around two thirds of Bolivia’s population is indigenous, the highest percentage in South America. The Aymara dominate the western highlands, including La Paz and Lake Titicaca, and discovering this ancient culture is a highlight for many travellers – from the strange potions available at the witches’ market, to the llama herders and quinoa farmers of the Andes and the gorgeous handwoven crafts. Visit the markets of Sucre and La Paz – how many varieties of potato can you count?
In the Amazon, indigenous communities are dispersed throughout the jungle and pampas, many still living without electricity and running water. A jungle trek with a native guide is a unique and revealing way to discover this emerald kingdom, revealing not just the abundant wildlife but the medicinal uses of the plants, and traditional techniques such as piranha fishing, cooking using bamboo leaves and extracting sugarcane juice. Delicioso!
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Witness one of the most breathtaking sunrises you’ll ever see – and you’ll understand why the Inca believed this to be the birthplace of the Sun God.
Cruise across Lake Titicaca
South America’s largest lake sits at over 3,800m high and straddles the Peruvian border. The islands of Sol (sun) and Luna (moon) are a jumble of Inca ruins and hardy Aymara residents. Trek across the islands along ancient stone paths, passing shepherds, fishermen, then reward yourself with a tasty dinner of grilled trout, fresh from the lake.
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Bolivia's climate changes with altitude, not latitude - with landscapes ranging from the high desert of the Altiplano, which freezes at night and burns during the day - to the hot, wet Amazon.
Inca and Aymara myths and legends swirl around Bolivia.
Our interactive Bolivia map reveals our favourite places to go in Bolivia - with the famous highlights such as the Salar, Titicaca and La Paz as well as the more hidden treats of Torotoro National Park, the Pampas and Tiwanaku.
Bolivia’s salt flats are one of the planet’s most surreal sights.
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