A great part of this country hasn’t been reached by mass tourism. However, it is full of stunning landscapes, nature, and cultural sites to visit. All of this without having to worry whether you are actually experiencing the real vibes or if it’s just made up for tourists! You might be wondering how to plan your trip to Bolivia, as it is not a common place to go to. Read this article and get an idea of the main stops of your journey.
1. The Capital
La Paz is the capital of Bolivia. It is certainly an unusual city to go to, as it is located 4000 meters above sea level, at the foot of a grand canyon. But what makes this place unique is its traditions: you will see women with a certain type of hairstyle according to their relationship status for instance. As regards the main sites, the Inglesia de San Francisco is worth a visit. This is one of the most brilliant examples of the Mestiz and Spanish style. Inside it, you will find the Market of the Witches. Here, you’ll be able to purchase all sorts of items, from amulets to magic potions and other crafts. Finally, go to Illimani and enjoy the view over the city, as it is Bolivia’s most famous peak.
2. Sucre and Potosi
Sucre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a city with a lively atmosphere and well-known for its University and Barocco-style buildings. For a moment, you will think you’re in Greece, as many traditional residences are white. Near Sucre is Potosi, one of the most populated cities of Bolivia. This is mainly because of the silver mines in the area. What is special about this place though is its landscape and surroundings. It is surely the perfect spot for an adventure along uncontaminated paths. One of these places is the Salar de Uyuni Flat, with its quirky lunar ground and cactus forests. But if this is not what you are looking for, you can always head for Titicaca Lake, near the border with Perù. If you decide to go on a boat trip on this lake, then visit two of the 36 islands: Suriqui and Lakahuta.
3. Trip to Bolivia: Sorata and Cochabamba
Firstly, head for the city of Sorata. This is the starting point for many excursions, as it located between two mounts: l’AIllampù and Ancohuma. To get there, the route is long, but great is the sense of achievement you get once you reach the peaks. Most people walk for 10 kilometers until they get to Gruta de San Pedro, famous for its cave, but also for its underground lake. To continue, the city of Cochabamba is another stop you can’t miss. Bolivians describe it as the city with the best climate in the world and located in a green valley, with plenty of forests and hills nearby. Looking for a spot of retail therapy? You are in the right place, as it possesses the biggest market in all the region.
4. Events and Traditions
Bolivian traditional events mainly concern a Christian saint, an Indian divinity, or politics. The most important leisure events are folk music, dances, and religious rituals. One of the most important events is the Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria, which lasts a week. It is best to attend it in Copacabana at the beginning of February. Another one to take into consideration is the Phujillay Festival, to commemorate the battle of the Lumbati (beginning of March). Lastly, we cannot forget to mention the Independence Fest, on the 6th of August.
5. Trip to Bolivia: Traditional Culinary Products
Beef or pork with corn, potatoes, and black beans. This is what you will find on the table on a typical day in Bolivia. You should also try the salteñas, similar to a cornish pastry. However, the Bolivian filling is with meat and vegetables. Another must is the sopa de quinoa. This is a soup made with the typical cereal of this region. If fish is your bag, here you will find it mainly from the lake. Taste the trote del Titicaca and the surubí. Also, do not forget to have a snack with the tasty and cheap fruit available in this country.
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