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Bolivia Highlights, South America

Salt pans Bolivia
Lake Titicaca Bolivia
Uros Islands Bolivia
Potosi Bolivia
mercado market - la paz Bolivia
Salt Flats 1 Bolivia
Lake Titicaca Peru
Lake Titicaca Peru
Lake Titicaca Peru
potosi Bolivia
Bolivia - Atacama crossing

Bolivia Highlights, South America

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La Paz
The highest capital city in the world and home to more than a million Bolivians. Visit the Witches’ Market where you can buy a strange assortment of potions, silver jewellery and sweets. Just outside of La Paz is the Valle de la Luna, an eroded hillside maze of miniature canyons and pinnacles, and the historical centre of Tiahuanaco, Bolivia’s most important archaeological site, where to this day, they are still finding ancient archeological artifacts.

Copacabana & Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca has 36 islands with exceptionally clear sapphire-blue water. The Island of the Sun and Island of the Moon, are the legendary sites of the Inca’s creation myths. Suriqui Island is world-renowned for its totora reed boats and Kalahuta Island for its stone tombs. The main Bolivian town on Lake Titicaca’s shores is Copacabana, famous for its 16th century shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana.

Uyuni Salt Flats
This 12,000 sq km saltpan was once part of a prehistoric salt lake which covered most of southwestern Bolivia. It’s estimated to contain 10 billion tons of fine salt reserves, and produces 19,700 tons per year. The Island of Fishermen, which is considered an unusual name when there is no water or fish, is in the middle of the saltpan, has spectacular stands of cactus. The village of Uyuni, southeast of the saltpan, is a good base for excursions.

Sucre & Potosi
Sucre is a living expression of both colonial and modern times. The cathedral, museums, churches and galleries of La Recoleta offer fine examples of history, colonial and modern art. Three hours from Sucre is Potosi, a famous colonial city with turquoise lakes and the peak of Huayna Potosí, which was once also a source of silver during colonial times. According to the legend, Potosi has produced enough silver to build a solid silver bridge from Potosi to Madrid.

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