Bolivia is a remarkably diverse country, a constantly changing landscape of snow-capped mountains, lush rainforest and parched desert. Dominated by the Andes, this is a real stronghold of indigenous highland culture, and it remains one of the least visited countries in South America. Those travellers who do find their way here usually need a few days to acclimatise to the altitude - Bolivia is home to the world’s highest capital city, the world’s highest lake and the world’s highest commercial airport!
Once you’ve caught your breath in La Paz you’ll find some cute colonial architecture and fascinating markets, although Bolivia’s UNESCO-listed official capital, Sucre, is a more attractive city. Strike out into the countryside and you’ll start to appreciate Bolivia’s spectacular scenery, from the eerie lunar landscape of the Salar de Uyuni salt flats to the serene expanse of Lake Titicaca. Everywhere you go you’ll see Quechua and Aymara women in bowler hats, one of Bolivia’s most enduring images. The varied terrain also supports an impressive array of flora and fauna, including condors, pink freshwater dolphins, alpacas and the infamous coca plant.