To properly experience Bolivia's diverse ecosystems and rich culture, plan on at least 10 days. In that time, you can visit different regions and tour cities and villages. With five days or a week, it's possible to hit many highlights like the southern salt flats and the Bolivian Amazon. And if you can spare two weeks, go big with an in-depth exploration of indigenous villages and geological sites or a trekking adventure around highland volcanoes and high-altitude lakes.
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These 5-day itineraries offer a range of options for a compact trip to Bolivia. It's a solid bet to focus your time and energy on La Paz and the dramatic landscapes that surround it, enjoying a cycling trip down Death Road. Or divide your time between La Paz and Lake Titicaca, learning about Andean history and indigenous culture while exploring the lake's islands by boat. One exciting itinerary leads you deep into the Bolivian Amazon, and another takes you across the border to Chile, combining time in the Atacama Desert with a few days exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats and the lagoons of Bolivia's high desert.
If you have a week to spend in Bolivia, one great option is a highlights tour that includes stops in several cities: La Paz, Sucre, and Potosí, as well as time to explore the Uyuni Salt Flats. Another itinerary focused on two destinations, Lake Titicaca and La Paz, offers a more in-depth experience of Bolivia's urban culture and outdoor landscapes. You could opt for an active adventure that features caving, hiking, and swimming in waterfalls in Torotoro National Park, explore the wilderness of the Bolivian Amazon, or combine a few days in Bolivia with a short visit to Chile's Atacama Desert. Read on to learn more about your itinerary options.
With 10 days in Bolivia, travelers have several options. On a highlights tour, you'll explore the colonial city of Sucre, walk the startling white expanse of the Uyuni Salt Flats, and learn about indigenous culture on Lake Titicaca. If it's nature you're interested in, consider an itinerary focused on Bolivia's most beautiful landscapes, including Torotoro National Park, the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, and the Umajalanta Cavern. Alternatively, combine a trip through the Andes and Lake Titicaca with a jungle adventure in the Amazon rainforest, or spend several days in Peru before exploring Bolivia. Read over the following itineraries to learn more about your options.
Consider yourself lucky if you have two weeks to spend in Bolivia: it's enough time to see many of the country's landscapes and cultural attractions. You could choose to focus on the Bolivian highlands, enjoying the colonial charm of Sucre, boating around Lake Titicaca, and driving through the one-of-a-kind Uyuni Salt Flats. Or you could center your trip around exploring indigenous cultures, opting for an itinerary that takes you to the farthest reaches of the Amazon and the Andes. Another option is to combine 10 days in Bolivia with a few more in Chile's Atacama Desert.