Quick Tips: Bolivia Travel Guide

Quick Tips:

Bolivia

A short and sweet Bolivia Travel Guide


Bolivia Overview

Bolivia provides a u201crealu201d travel experience for adventurers that love mountains, the outdoors and amazing view with a touch of adrenaline. So much to offer! Iu2019ll def be back! nn

My Adventurous side says: Mountains tower above all around, that remind me of the Himalayas with too many outdoorsy, trekking, and adrenaline filled experiences for one trip. My Cultured side says: Indigenous Andean and Bolivian culture is rich and all around (unlike more European influenced parts of South America). My Flashpacker side says: This place is cheap. I'm coming back for more adventure

Jump to the Adventure

Salar de Uyuni


Go Here & See This…

  • Parque Reserva Nacional De fauna andina eduardo avaroa:
  • Laguna blanco:u00a0
  • Laguna verde:u00a0
  • Volcu00e1n licancabur:u00a0
  • Piedras de Salvador Dalu00ed:u00a0
  • Laguna Polkas: A beautiful lake with pink flamingos:
  • Laguna Colorada: A beautiful red lake filled with pink flamingosu00a0
  • Aguas Termales (hot springs), aka sopa de gringos:u00a0
  • A Geyser, bubbling sulfur springs, frozen ice statues
  • The Salt Flats of Salar de Uyuni: Tons of great picsu2026just Google the place!

Sleep here

  • Pick a hospedaje in Villa Mar: The hospedaje are nice and homey here and the booking.com app makes it easy to find one

Awesome Experiences

  • Sunrise @ Isla Incahuasi in the Uyuni salt flats (Salar de Uyuni)
  • Playing in the u201cCementario de trenesu201d (train cemetery) on the way to the salt flats
  • Riding the u201cDeath Roadu201d by Mountain bike
  • Chewing coca leaves and lejia dulce (black rock, quinoa ash):u00a0
  • Seeing the Vicuu00f1a grazing: These fun guys look like Guanacos or lamas and watching them in the wild was a wonderful experience
  • Seeing a geyser, bubbling sulfur springs, frozen ice statues

Companies to Trust

  • Cruz Andina/Expediciones Sajama (travel agency): Provided a great experience on the Salar de Uyuni trek and delivered u201cSuper Mariou201d, or super hero of a driver/guide

Pro Flashpacker Tip

  • Fly from Uyuni to La Paz to save time and avoid a pretty bumpy ride

HEADS UP!!!!

  • Border Crossing from Chile to Bolivia: There is a checklist of things to bring to the border crossing (yellow fever vaccination proof, passport photos, passport copies, crisp bills, etc.). We didnu2019t have it but were lucky enough to get by with a $20 bribe, though I wouldnu2019t try it again.u00a0 Come prepared to the Bolivia -> Chile border crossing
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La Paz


Go Here & See This…

  • Mirador Kili Kili: Incredible 360 view of La Paz and the amazing mountain backdrop
  • Sitting in Plaza Murillo: In places like this, just watching people and birds pass by is a wonderful and interesting experience

Eat Here

  • Gustu (super fancy): 19 course dining at a restaurant opened by a Norwegian chef. EPIC!!
  • Centre Commercial Lanza (local & tasty): A great place for juices and food, cheap, fresh, and delicious
  • Mercado Camacho (local & tasty): Great market with delicious palta salads, egg Sammy, and coca tea
  • Mercado Lanza (local & tasty): Another great palta sandwich
  • Rorigue Market & Cholitas (local & tasty):

Eat These

  • Saltenas (Empanadas): A cheap, delicious Bolivian snack available at small shops and street carts
  • Grilled Beef Hearts:u00a0A La Paz street food classic

Sleep Here

  • Wild Rover Hostel: Comfy beds and quiet sleeping space fit for a flashpacker, with the potential for partying not too far away

Awesome Experiences

  • Death Road Bike Tour by Mountain Bike
  • San Pedro Prison: Legendary stories and a tempting (but a little too sketchy) tour
  • Walking Tour: Any will do u2013 a great way to quickly experience La Pazu2019s real culture

Companies to Trust

  • Cruz Andina/Expediciones Sajama (travel agency): Provided a great experience on the Salar de Uyuni trek and delivered u201cSuper Mariou201d, or super hero of a driver/guide

Pro Flashpacker Tip

  • Take the u201cBolivia Hopu201d bus to Copacabana, boat to Isla de Sol (for a hike), and finally to Cusco
  • u201cCaserau201d or u201cYapau201d: Bolivian slang for u201cVendoru201d
  • Visit the u201cswimming pool hostelu201d near Coroica for a great lunch and atmosphere

HEADS UP!!!!

  • Border Crossing from Chile to Bolivia: There is a checklist of things to bring to the border crossing (yellow fever vaccination proof, passport photos, passport copies, crisp bills, etc.). We didnu2019t have it but were lucky enough to get by with a $20 bribe, though I wouldnu2019t try it again.u00a0 Come prepared to the Bolivia -> Chile border crossing

Potosi


Go Here & See This…

  • Laguna Negra

EAT/DRINK THESE

  • Quinoa: Grown locally and served the local way
  • Coca Beer: Exactly what it sounds like

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