Tourist attractions in Bolivia
Uyuni Salt Flats
The Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia was formed by the disappearance of an inland ocean that covered most of the Altiplano and extended all the way to the Titicaca lake. It is an extraordinary experience to cross this lake of salt by car.
The Titicaca Lake is the highest navigable lake in the world with an average height of 3,810 meters above the sea level. The Titicaca Lake is a great tourist attraction for nature lovers. A portion of lake Titicaca belongs to Bolivia and the other one to Peru.
La Paz City
La Paz is the administrative capital of Bolivia. Altitude of the city ranges from about 4058 meters (13,313 feet) above sea level in El Alto (where the airport is located) to 3100 meters (10,170 feet) in the lower residential area. It is the highest national capital in the world.
The Red lagoon (Laguna Colorada) is a shallow lake within the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve and close to the border with Chile. The lake is famous for its strong red colour caused by algae that provide food for large flocks of pink flamingos.
Colchani village near Uyuni
Colchani, Bolivia is also called Puerto Seco (Dry Port) and represents the main access to the Salt Flat due to its location just on the border of the Salar de Uyuni. In Colchani you will find a Salt Factory where visitors can see a rudimentary way to extract and process salt.
Noel Kempf Mercado National Park
The National Park Noel Kempf Mercado in Santa Cruz, Bolivia has been declared Natural Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO. The Noel Kempf Mercado park presents an exceptional scenic beauty thanks to large farallones and water falls of the Caparu plateau.
Island of the Sun
The Island of the Sun is located on the Northwest end of the peninsula of Copacabana, Bolivia. The Island of the Sun has several ancient monuments - The Pilkokaina Palace and the Chinkana or Labyrinth, The Stairway of the Inca, Sacred Fountain Youth and the Incas' Terraces.
Chacaltaya is the highest skiing area of the world. The Chacaltaya mountain (5,580 meters), is one of the mountains of the Cordillera Real (Royal Mountain range) of the Oriental Andes and it is only at 36 kilometers from La Paz, Bolivia.
Casa Nacional de la Moneda
The Casa de la Moneda is a vast, elegant, and strikingly beautiful building that takes up a whole city block. In many specialists' opinion, it is the most important building among the colonial architecture of South America. Its construction began in 1750 and concluded in 1773. The works were in charge of the manufacturer and architect Salvador de Vila
Cementerio de Trenes - Train Graveyard
The Train Graveyard opens a door to Uyuni's past when the mining industry collapsed, partly due to mineral depletion. Many trains were abandoned thereby producing the train cemetery - a peculiar tourist attraction very different from the beautiful landscapes of the area.
Town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile
The town of San Pedro the Atacama is set in an oasis inside the San Pedro de Atacama desert at 2440 m.a.s.l. and 1.670 kilometers away from Santiago de Chile. It is the gateway to the biggest salt flat in the world: the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia.
Cristo de la Concordia
Perched atop the San Pedro hill in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the 33 m (109 ft) tall statue of the Cristo de la Concordia is the tallest of its kind in the world. Visitors can climb inside up to the arms for a panoramic view of the city of Cochabamba.
Near the Salt Flats of Uyuni, Bolivia several spectacular lagoons amaze the visitors - Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon), Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon), Laguna Blanca (White Lagoon), Laguna Hedionda (Stinking Lagoon), Laguna Canapa.
Cathedral and Plaza Murillo
Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia, holds the Presidential Palace, and in the center of Plaza Murillo, opposite, stands a statue of President Gualberto Villarroel. The Cathedral was built in 1835 on a steep hillside and the main entrance is 12m higher than its base on Calle Potosi.
The Witches Market is one of the main and most impressive attractions in La Paz, Bolivia. The Witches Market has shops of typical outfits made by hand with completely natural materials, souvenirs and other ornaments made of exotic types of wood, carved with ancestral motives
Eduardo Avaroa Reserve
The Eduardo Avaroa Reserve is one of the most visited natural places in Bolivia. Eduardo Avaroa Natural Reserva is characterized by mountains, colorful lagoons, volcanoe, geisers, and peculiar flora and fauna, is a place to be explored and remembered.
Thermal waters and geysers
At about an hour from the Red Lagoon in Bolivia there are several geysers. This endless supply of water is spitted out of the ground at a temperature of 90 C, through fumaroles and cracks through which sometimes even volcanic lava erupts.
The Tunupa Volcano (Volcan Tunupa) is located at the Daniel Campos province in the Oruro department. The volcano has a height of 5432 meters and can be seen from the entire Uyuni Salt Flat. The Tunupa's Volcano area is home of different fauna species like flamencos, ostriches and foxes.
Ollague let to enjoy a panoramic view of Ascotan and Carcote Salt Flats. The volcano has a crater of 1250 square meters from where displays fumarolic activity, particularly to the south of its summit area but no historical eruptions have been confirmed from Ollague. The volcano also contains a deictic summit lava dome.
San Jose de Chiquitos
This Jesuit settlement is the oldest in the area and is very similar to the North Argentinean or Paraguayan missions, However these last missions are now ruins or museums, while San Jose church still celebrates mass and hosts a very active music school.
Amboro National Park
The National Park Amboro in Bolivia presents a great scenic beauty: deep valleys, the torrential rivers and the water falls. It is located to the West of Santa Cruz, among the Ichilo, Manuel Maria Caballero, Florida and Andres Ibanez provinces.
Riberalta is located in the Northwest portion of Bolivia, at the spot where the Beni and Madre de Dios Rivers join. Tourist activities include visiting the centers of chestnut production or the areas where rubber is collected and contact with indigenous culture.
Manuripi Wildlife Reserve
Manuripu Wildlife reserve is an extense area surrounded by rivers, the access in rain season is dificult, the reserve has large variety of fauna, birds specially, the wood extracction is one of the most important activities in the area, beautiful and wild.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Santa Cruz was built by Brother Mercedario Diego de Porres during the times of the Spanish Viceroy Toledo. The Metropolitan Cathedral in Santa Cruz is remarkable for its wooden vaults and for the pictorial decoration that covers them.
Plaza 24 de septiembre
The Plaza 24 de Septiembre main square is one of the most important meeting points of the city of Santa Cruz in Bolivia. Here, a magnificent Cathedral can be found (which has a museum in it), the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) and the Palacio Prefectural (Prefecture's Palace).
Parque Arenal in Santa Cruz, Bolivia is a favorite among locals. Parque Arenal surrounds a lagoon and is a perfect place for lounging or taking a stroll. On an island in the middle of the lagoon there is a mural by Santa Cruz-born artist Carlo Lorgio Vaca, famous for his bas-relief murals.
Camiri in Santa Cruz, Bolivia is located on the shores of the Parapeti River in a small valley surrounded by rolling hills. Camiri is known as the oil capital of Bolivia. Nearby you can visit hot springs and several other rivers and streams.
Cotoca is a small town of Guarani origin located to the East of Santa Cruz in Bolivia. The Sanctuary of the Virgen de Cotoca, a parrish run by Dominican priests, is a beautiful colonial-style church located on the central plaza.
Los Espejillos is a remote tropical paradise in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. With its sparkling waterfalls and natural pools it is truly a wonder of nature. A series of waterfalls have carved out and filled several deep pools as they cascade downward in step-like fashion, each flowing into the next.
Boat trip in the Amazon region
The Reina de Enin Ecological Cruiser is a riverboat that navigates on the Mamore River, the largest river in Bolivia, and a tributary of the Amazon River. The cruiser offers 2-6 day tours during which time you will be in close contact with wildlife and nature.
La Chiquitania in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is a vast and extraordinary territory in which we are able to admire churches of the Jesuit period and where we find wonderful wood carvings and equally beautiful paintings of saints and scenes of religious life.
The Palacio Portales (Portales Palace) in Cochabamba, Bolivia, was built between 1915 and 1927. Portales was a residence of Simon Iturri Patino, Bolivian millionaire, called 'the tin baron' who controlled over half of the nation's output in the 1930s.
Plaza 14 de Septiembre
The Plaza 14 de Septiembre in Cochabamba, Bolivia is known for its colonial design and extensive history. It hosts incomparable gardens in this city of eternal Spring making this central plaza of Cochabamba a peaceful and inspiring environment.
Pairumani is located at 21 kilometers from Cochabamba in Bolivia and has an average temperature of 19 C. The Hacienda (farmhouse) of Simon I. Patino, known as the Baron of Tin is found in Pairumani. Pairumani is one of the most attractive places of the central valleys of the area.
Parque Machia is located a short walk to the east of Villa Tunari in the department of Cochabamba, Bolivia. The topography presents splendid views of the Andean Cordillera Oriental and of the lowland tropical region. The bountiful wildlife and pleasant breeze make this an ecotourism hot spot.
The ruins of Incallajta are located about two hours and fifteen minutes drive or 142 Km from the city of Cochabamba in Bolivia. The great fortress of Incallajta is a testament to the splendor of the Inca Empire, its massive stone constructions covering roughly 12 hectares.
Puerto Villaroel in Bolivia marks the convergence of the departments of Cochabamba, Beni, and Pando by the rivers Ichilo, Mamore y Madre de Dios. Puerto Villaroel looks like a typical Amazonian port town with small wooden houses and people relaxing outside.
Tiquipaya in the department of Cochabamba, Bolivia is also known as the city of the flowers. Tiquipaya hosts many dairy farmers and is known as a well visited and productive zone with surprising climatic diversity due to valleys, high plains, and sub-tropical regions.
Casa de Murillo
Once the home of Don Pedro Domingo Murillo, a leader in the La Paz Revolution of July 16, 1809, in Bolivia, the Casa de Murillo displays collections of colonial art and furniture, textiles, medicines, musical instruments and household items of glass and silver that once belonged to Bolivian aristocracy.
Iglesia de San Francisco
The hewed stone basilica of San Francisco in La Paz, Bolivia, reflects an appealing blend of 16th-century Spanish and mestizo (indigenous-Spanish) trends. The cloisters and garden of the recently opened Museo San Francisco, adjacent to the basilica, beautifully revive the history and art of La Paz's landmark.
16 de Julio Market
When visiting La Paz, Bolivia, for an excellent market experience don't miss the massive Mercado 16 de Julio, which stretches for many blocks along the main thoroughfare and across Plaza 16 de Julio. This shopaholic's paradise has absolutely everything, from food and electronics, to vehicles and animals.
Casa de la Libertad
On August 6, 1825, the freedom fighters of Bolivia assembled in the Casa de la Libertad to declare independence from Spain. You can visit the exact same room where the liberators met. The first Bolivian congresses were held in the Salon de la Independencia, originally a Jesuit chapel.
The Castle of la Glorieta in Sucre, Bolivia, is a unique attraction which used to belong to Don Francisco de Argandona. The Castle of la Glorieta was constructed towards the end of the XIX century and exhibits various architectural styles - Mudejar or Mohammedan Style, neoclassic, baroque and neo-gothic.
The Cathedral in Sucre, Bolivia dates from the middle of the 16th century and is a harmonious blend of Renaissance architecture with later Baroque additions. The Catedral Basilica is considered to be the most valuable religious monument of Sucre.
Parque Bolivar (Bolivar Park) in Sucre, Bolivia, is an open-air park which has an interesting collection of miniature replicas of famous French monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arch of Triumph and the Obelisk of Buenos Aires. Parque Bolivar is the Sucre's favourite lovers' hangout.
La Recoleta Convent
La Recoleta Convent dominates the landscape of the city of Sucre in Bolivia, resting at the bottom of the Churuquella mountain. The Look-Out Point of Recoleta is located atop of one of the seven hills where the city of Sucre was actually founded.
Cachimayu near Sucre, Bolivia is one of the main areas where the Pilcomaya River runs through a populated area. On the riverside there are luxurious and leafy gardens and orchards, and several country homes such as the 'Cabanas Cachimayu' (Cachimayu Cabins).
Emerging from a long chain of mountains pickled by canyons and waterfalls, Yotala near Sucre, Bolivia, is a very picturesque town. The most important folkloric-religious event is celebrated annually on the 30th of August during the feast of Santa Rosa.
Quila Quila near Sucre, Bolivia, is and old colonial style town that has strong Pre-Hispanic roots,located at a height of 3,100 meters above the sea level. The streets have been built on straight angles and are surrounded by homes made of mud and roofs made of straw.
Between Sucre and Potosi in Bolivia is the canyon of Camargo, a valley where the grapevine production is one of the main sources of income and long standing tradition. Fine wines are elaborated here as well as 'Singani', a typical Bolivian drink, hard liquor made of wine remains.
Cretaceous Park (Cal Orck'o)
Cretaceous Park (Cal Orck'o) is definitely one of the most unique attractions in Bolivia. 65 million years ago the site of Sucre's Fancesa cement quarry, six kilometers from the centre, was the place to be for large, scaly dinosaurs.
Cala Cala is a town which was built at about 21 kilometers from Oruro in Bolivia. Cala Cala is an archaeological area, where pre-colombinan paintings can be found. Flocks of flamingos, llamas and felines, were sketched with simple lines by the ancient Bolivians.
Curahuara de Carangas
Located Southwest from Oruro in Bolivia, Curahuara de Carangas was built over the flat terrain of the Altiplano (High Plateau) while following a typical architectural style from colonial times. Curahuara was also known as 'Ruta de la Plata' (The Silver Route), and it was the only way of access to the Pacific Ocean.
A temple of stone of remarkable mestizo style is the main jewel of the first town in the region to be founded by the Spanish conquerors. According to the historical data, Paria near Oruro, Bolivia, was founded in 1535 by Diego de Almagro and the captain Juan de Saavedra.
Plaza 10 de Noviembre
The Main Square, also known as 'Plaza del Regocijo' mostly because twice a year, since 1890, this is the site where the Carnival is celebrated, as well as other national holidays. In the past it was the place for bull fights
Kari Kari Lagoon
In 1575, the viceroy Toledo ordered to build several artificial lagoons east of the city that would be useful to accumulate water during the rainy season, with the intention of using them in the dry periods. The artificial lagoons of Potosi are considered to be one of the main elements of the mining infrastructure.
Arcos de Cobija
Potosi's elaborate colonial architecture merits a stroll around the narrow streets to take in the ornate doorways and facades, as well as the covered wooden balconies that overhang the streets. Architecturally notable are the Arcos de Cobija on the street of the same name.
Unesco World Heritage North of the Iglesia de San Agustin, Calle Quijarro narrows as it winds between a wealth of colonial buildings, many with doorways graced by old family crests. It's thought that the bends in Calle Quijarro were an intentional attempt to inhibit the cold winds that would otherwise whistle through and chill everything in their path.
The Casa Dorada (Golden House) has as one of its main features its highly symmetrical design. The front resembles a single tile made of several columns. The top portion has window openings with a semicircular groined arch atop of each one
San Francisco Church
Construction of the San Francisco Church began in the 17th century, although its current facade corresponds to the 18th century. In 1610, people responsible for the temple headed the foundation of La Cofradia de Nuestra Señora de la Visitacion, composed by the freed black slaves residing in the city.
Metropolitan Cathedral of Tarija
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Tarija was built in 1810 by the Jesuits and declared a cathedral in 1925. At present, it runs a public school and in its interiors it harbors the Cathedral Museum that displays valuable objects such as oil paintings, silver work and gold chalices with stone inlays.
San Roque Church
Iglesia de San Roque (the Church of San Roque) is built on wooden pitches, disposed in forms of columns. The temple has three wooden vessels in wooden and external eaves. The roof of tiles rests on a hurdle lattice. The church was remodeled in the second half of the nineteenth century by the Argentine architect Bustamante.
San Juan Church
The San Juan Church was founded in 1632. The surrender of the Spaniards was signed here, and so the victory of the National Liberation Army was enacted, after the battle of La Tablada in April 1817. It is located in the area of the same name from which visitors can appreciate a panoramic view of the city.
Tomatas is a natural bathing resort located 5 Km. from the city of Tarija. Its beaches are bathed by waters from the Guadalquivir and Erquis rivers. Tomatas has a suspension bridge over it and a small park with a forest in it, a perfect site for an unforgettable picnic.
Located at 16 Km from the city of Tarija, the town of San Lorenzo displays Spanish colonial styles, wood-carved balconies and stone-layered streets. In this town is the house of Eustaquio 'Moto' Mendez, hero of Bolivia's fight for independence from the Spanish rule and a beautiful church with an archaeological style from 1709. The house is currently a museum.
For those visitors who love archaeological investigations and adventure, we recommend visiting the town of Padcaya, located at 55 kilometers from Tarija. There visitors can find significant quantities of fossils and many other pieces that are worth examining and studying.
Bermejo is a border town adjoining Aguas Blancas, Argentina.It is relaxing place in which it is possible to practice fishing. The 'Festival Internacional del Lapacho' is held here. The main tourist attractions of the region are: El Chorro: A natural spa and El Cajon: Those who prefer adventure will find in 'El Cajon' the best place for sport fishing.
Located at 15 kilometers from the city of Tarija, Coimata is a natural attraction that has a water fall of crystalline water, which descends from two mountains. At the bottom of the fall, there is a pool that was formed naturally, and is a favorite among most visitors who enjoy its warm temperature.
San Jacinto Dam
San Jacinto dam is located at 7 kilometers from the city. There is an asphalted road leading to this site, which is perfect for long, relaxing walks, marathons and other competitions. The dam is also one of the main tourist attractions of Tarija and it is the perfect spot to practice a series of water sports, such as swimming, kayaking and fishing.
Great part of the Chaco Region is conformed by immense plains that extend towards the south. It has rich wood forests and possesses important navigable rivers, such as the Pilcomayo River. Its fishing resources feed many human settlements, such as the Tobas and Matacos communities.
Built in 1931 in academic style. This church was mostly built with rubble, but it does have several valuable objects considered antiques and also because of their artistic characteristics. Some interesting pieces worth mentioning include paintings such as Nuestra Senora de Belen (Our Lady from Bethlehem), which was made by artisans from Cuzco and El Nacimiento del Nino Dios (The Birth of the Infant God), painted in Guamaga
San Ignacio de Moxos
This is the folkloric capital of Beni. Throughout the whole year sports like swimming, water ski, fishing and hiking can be practiced. This town is famous for its annual festival in which the residents dress as 'bulls' and 'mamas' and head for the main streets in devotion to San Ignacio. During the festivity the 'macheteros' and groups of musicians participate with fantastic musical instruments made by themselves. It is a party filled with joy and colors that the visitor cannot miss.
Cachuela Esperanza is located 43 km far away from Guayaramerín, the second most important city in Beni. In this zone there is very rich flora, fauna and cattle production. It is also well-known for the production of rubber, chestnut and wood.
At 5 kms from the city of Sucre in Bolivia lies Cal Orcko, a giant 80 meters hight and 1.2 kilometers long wall that has petrified footprints of dinosaurs. Cal Orcko is one of the most important pre-historic findings in the world.
Sucre and Potosi are the best known colonial cities in Bolivia. Sucre, the White City, is the constitutional capital of the Republic of Bolivia. Potosi is, at around 4000 meter, the worlds highest city. The mines of the Cerro Rico are the richest mines in all of world history.
Tariquia Flora and Fauna Reserve
Tariquia Flora and Fauna Reserve is located to the Southeast of Tarija (South of Entre Rios town), and is close to the border with Argentina. Tariquia is the only area of Bolivia that protects well conserved examples of the Forest of the Tucumano - Bolivian Yungas.
The valley of Icla near Sucre, Bolivia has a very pleasant climate. There is a canyon here where the crystal clear and pure waters of the Icla River run through. Amid this beautiful scenery, there is an important deposit of paleontological remains.
Bramadero or the Refuge of the Mountaom, is located at the bottom of the Mountain of Chataquila, at 35 kilometers from Sucre, the capital of Chuquisaca department in Bolivia. Bramadero has several and very comfortable cabins, which allow visitors to enjoy a very unique view of the entire area.
After going through Yotala, at 23 kilometers from Sucre in Bolivia is the bathing resort known as Nujchu. Nucchu is a place with pleasant climate great for excursions, camping and bathing. An old sunny house stands as memory to Antonio Jose de Sucre president.
Potolo near Sucre in Bolivia, is famous for its conical hats and beautiful textiles that have several designs of animals such as: vicunas, llamas, eagles, condors, frogs, etc. The textiles have certain interesting names such as: llijllas and chuspas. They continue to be used as the most typical outfits of the area.
Near Tarabuco, Bolivia (at 26 kilometers) is the town of Candelaria, the cradle of masterful weavers and schemers. The work of the women from Candelaria, done entirely by hand, is highly coveted mostly because of its symmetry, the figures and the wonderful usage of color.
'Villa Serrano' (Serrano Village) near Sucre, Bolivia, is known for the unique way in which its inhabitants celebrate Christmas. Aside from this colorful festivity, this town is well-known for the production of some of the finest charangos (small guitars invented in Bolivia).
The small museum in Challapampa displays Inca treasures, ancient pottery and some metal objects discovered underwater off the island. Many come from Johan Reinhard's underwater research near the northern end of the island, others have been donated by the people of Challapampa.
About 300 meters southwest of Titikala (Roca Sagrada or Sacred Rock) is an elaborate Inca ruin called the Chincana (the Labyrinth). Also named the Palacio del Inca, or El Laberinto, or labyrinth, these ruins on the top of Isla del Sol form the complex of the Titicaca, or sacred rock.