Bolivia is one of the least explored countries in South America. Its landlocked and relatively isolated location means many visitors pass it by, choosing instead to visit its flashier neighbors, like Peru and Argentina. However, Bolivia is the perfect place to go if you're looking to experience traditional Andean lifestyles, undisturbed natural scenery, and something outside of the typical tourist trail. If you decide embark on a Bolivia travel adventure, here are 5 things places you must visit during you Bolivia vacation.
1. Salar de Uyuni. The Bolivian salt flats are one of the most unique locations in the world. Actually, they look and feel out of this world, more like a lunar landscape than something you'd find on Earth. But on Earth they are, and they're waiting for you to visit them. They span over 4,000 square miles in southern and western Bolivia. Getting here is quite a journey, as there are no nearby towns.
2. Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lakes in the world. It is shared between Peru and Bolivia, as it straddles their border, so you can visit from either country. The lake is 121 miles long and full of both "floating" and natural islands. Some of the islands are called floating islands because they are man-made by indigenous communities that have lived on these floating islands for centuries. They are made out of reeds weaved together. They are continuously added to and discarded as they wear out. The people originally moved onto the islands to escape violent neighbors. Today they are a major tourist attraction, although if you have more time you can travel to some of the lesser visited parts of the lake.
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Death Road. This ominously named road is called El Camino de la Muerte in Spanish and was once the most deadly road for vehicles to travel on in the world. The path goes over a mountain near La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, so it is easily accessible to tourist. This unpaved road is extremely narrow with drops that if you fall off the road, will result in death or severe injury. A few years ago a new road was built, and almost all cars and trucks now use that, so the old Death Road is left to bikers who want an adrenalin rush. The path is 40 miles long, mostly downhill, and bikers travel at speeds around 30 miles per hour. Even if you just onto the road, you're likely to get hurt if you don't have the proper equipment. Around 25, 500 backpackers a year take this risk for the ride of a lifetime.
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