Bolivia Travel Guide

Once only a destination for intrepid explorers, Bolivia has become more popular in recent years due to luxury tour operators such as brand to trust Aracari that offer a unique and authentic insight into this historic country.

As a twist on our usual travel guides, we’re taking a snapshot view of this must-see destination through Aracari’s exclusive Bolivia tour led by founder and adventure expert Marisol Mosquera.

Where to go 

Like much of South America, Bolivia is diverse, complex and stunningly beautiful. The country is a mix of historic colonial cities, breathtaking natural phenomenons and fascinating heritage sites. Aracari’s Founder-Led Tour will take you on a ten-day adventure to discover the wonder of this incredible country. You also have the option of booking an exclusive tour accompanied by one of Bolivia’s most celebrated living artists, Gaston Ugalde here

Your Bolivia journey begins in Sucre, a colonial city that shares capital status with La Paz and is home to a variety of unique museums and historical sites that are not to be missed. Learn about Bolivia’s independence at the House of Liberty or visit the roof terrace of the Monastery of San Filipe Neri for panoramic views across the city.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site Potosí is also well worth a visit. It is the former economic centre of the Spanish empire and is known as the silver city after silver was found in the Cerro Rico mine just south of the city. It retains much of its grand history today and is the place to learn more about the country’s mining industry, along with how coins are made at the Cash de la Moneda (Royal Mint).

Potosi UNESCO Bolivia 

What to do

Bolivia is known for its long history of craftsmanship and handicrafts and you can discover these unique products in markets throughout the country. The market in Tarabuco is a particular highlight, with beautiful tapestries and textiles, jewellery and ceramics on offer or visit the Chocolates Para Ti factory in Sucre to learn about a traditional and delicious craft!

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For the creative visitors you can even try making your own souvenirs at a traditional textile workshop. You will learn how to spin and dye wool, along with the weaving techniques that have been passed down for generations.

Another highlight of any Bolivian adventure is the Salar de Uyuni salt flats – the largest of their kind, this spell-binding scenery is difficult to match anywhere in the world. The Uyuni salt flats contain 50-70% of the world’s lithium reserves, and a major breeding ground for several species of flamingoes. During the Aracari tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit at night as the lack of light pollution in this area makes it one of the best places to stargaze in the whole of South America!
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What to eat

 Bolivian cuisine is heavily influenced by the countries Spanish history, yet incorporates indigenous ingredients and influences from its immigrant populations. Long lunches are traditional throughout the country as this is often the largest meal of the day, with a lighter meal served in the evening.

Originating in Bolivia and its neighbouring countries, the now trendy quinoa is a key staple of the diet. This high protein grain is used in salads, stews and soups and can be found on most menus. Be sure to try Salteñas while travelling through Bolivia. Usually eaten as a mid-morning snack, these savoury pastries are similar to Spanish empanadas and are filled with meat in a delicious spicy sauce.

Other traditional delicacies to look out for include Quechua (or ch’arki), a form of meat jerky that is great for travelling as it keeps well and provides energy while on-the-go. Or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous then why not try a traditional stew made from llama meat, it may seem unusual to western tastes, but llama is a popular source of protein in South America with the fur and wool repurposed for producing warm and soft knitwear.

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What to pack

The weather in Bolivia does change throughout the year, but generally temperatures are hot and humid during the day, but then drops dramatically at night due to the high elevation of the country.

To cover all bases be sure to take a variety of layers including comfy knitwear, stylish leggings, and an anorak jacket, which are particularly useful for wearing during long periods of travel between destinations. Comfortable shoes are essential for your daily adventures, while an SPF is your key beauty essential. To style up your luggage wardrobe, be inspired by the natural surroundings of Bolivia by choosing warm, earthy colours such as dark red, tan, orange and blue.  

 

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph
Top Gun Miramar

No Ka’Oi
U’I Jacket

Nosouj
Jewel Hannah Koy Clutch

No Ka’Oi
Oiu Oiu Long Sleeve Shirt

No Ka’Oi
Kina Leggings

Karmoie
Explorer Sunglasses in Crystal

Po-Zu
Liv Tan Shoes

Po-Zu
Sneak V Silver

Bronagh Holmes Luxury
Alana Bag

Elvis & Kresse
Fire Hide Duffel Bag

Flock by Nature
Eloise Merino Sweater in Blush

Seascape
Peppermint Oil Lip Balm

Luca Jouel
Ebon Goldy Fern Earrings

Luca Jouel
Rosy Bloem Necklace

Elvis & Kresse
Macbook Case

Beulah
Elena Scarf Blue Zig Zag

Mayshad Paris
Zipped Clutch

AEOS
Crystal Nail File in Orange / Violet

Bodas
Cotton Jersey Cami & Short Set

Kaplan MD
Daily Moisture SPF 30 Concentrate

Argentum Apothecary
Le Savon Lune Face Bar

AEOS
Biodynamic Nail & Cuticle Oil

Robe de Voyage
Malabar Short Robe

Flock by Nature
Hazel Alpaca & Merino Lounge Socks

Book an unforgettable trip to Bolivia with Aracari Travel Consulting here

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Sophie Corfan