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Bolivia the Tibet of the Andes
The country in South America with the highest indigenous population and leads visitors to an authentic South American experience of Indian cultures and dramatic superlative landscapes. There is no danger of falling into a tourist trap when traveling anywhere in Bolivia.
The climate ranges from extreme dryness of the plains of the Chaco in the Southeast, to the dense humidity of the rain forests of the Eastern foothills.
Bolivia is the breathtaking beauty of Lake Titikaka in the North and the brackish salt beds of the Salar de Uyuni in the South. An untouched Amazon basin and the Pantanal lowlands, make Bolivia the perfect country to explore.
Covering nearly 10% of the country, this wide, often bleak and treeless, high plateau is bordered on one side by the Western Cordillera with peaks soaring up to 20.000 feet and on the other by the Eastern Cordillera, with easy grading slopes down into the tropical lowlands bordering Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.
Highest capital city on earth, La Paz is the country’s acting capital the - headquarters of the financial and commercial world as well as the main tourist destination.
Lying in a natural basin and protected from the harsh winds, 20.000 foot high, snow-capped Mount Illimani provides a spectacular backdrop to the setting.
There are excellent hotels and a wide variety of restaurants –be sure to try to see a “peña” or folkshow featuring the instruments and often haunting music of the Altiplano.
Enjoy Indian Cuisine in Bolivia. We specially reccommend “Star of India” in La Paz and “Taj Mahal” in Santa Cruz, However there are other Indian restaurantes in La Paz and many vegetarian restaurantes in whole Bolivia. In general Bolivian local cuisine is friendly for indians tourists.
Highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca is a 3.500 square mile inland sea at an altitude of 12.500 feet. Titicaca is actually one larger lake and one smaller lake connected by a relatively narrow strait.
Legends say that the first Inca rose from the depths of the lake and set out to find the place where his staff could be inseted into the earth and at that point (Cuzco) he was to found an empire. Still seen on the lake are a few of the original “totora” reed boats; excellent trout from the lake provide La Paz with outstanding dining.
Lake Titicaca today offers colorful folklore that is outstanding. Travelers passing across the lake between Peru and Bolivia will stop at Sun Island and Copacabana –two of the main points of interest.
Just 100 miles from La Paz, overlooking the Lake, Copacabana seems an eternity away. There is a large heavily restored church containing the 16th century miracle-working Dark Virgin of the Lake, also know as the Virgin of Morena, the Patron Saint of Bolivia. Carved by the Indian Tito Yupanqui, the Dark Virgin of the Lake draws pilgrims from around the country.
Lining the walkway into the church are Indian women in their black “bolero” hats selling colorful shawls, hats and handcrafts as well as religious items. Outside the church you can witness the ceremony of blessing new cars and trucks. There is a weekly fiesta on Saturday followed on Sunday by climbing up Calvary Hill of the Holy Sepulchre, past stations of the cross to do penance. There are also Inca ruins nearby.
Seemingly built in defiance of the desert-like landscape, Uyuni stands desolate yet undaunted in Bolivia’s southwestern corner.
Mention Uyuni to a Bolivian and they will whistle and emphasize ‘harto frío’ – extreme cold. Yet despite the icy conditions, which are compounded by the fact that, no matter how you plan it, you always seem to arrive at 2am, Uyuni’s got a cheerful buzz about it. Travelers arrive and eagerly plan a trip around the Southerst Circuit; those who return see Uyuni with new eyes, as a sort of paradise filled with much-missed daily comforts.
Although there’s not much to see here, and the wind chill can strip your soul bare as you pace the wide streets, Uyuni’s isolated position and outlook elicit an affectionate respect from both Bolivians and foreign travelers.
The Bolivian Amazon basin
The Amazon Basin is one of Bolivia’s largest and most mesmerizing parts. The rainforest is raucous with wildlife (the flora and fauna include rare species), and speding a few days roaming the sweaty jungle is an experience you’re unlikely to forget.
This is where you’ll find the deep and mysterious lushness that has drawn adventurers and explorers since the beginning of time. And it’s not only the forests that are enchanting: it’s also the richness of indigenous cultures, traditions and languages that exist in the region.