Get Inspired / South America / Bolivia Experience Bolivia, South America Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / South America / Bolivia Experience Bolivia, South America story by: Contiki Landlocked and breathtakingly high, Bolivia is perhaps the most authentic of South American countries. Its remote location, perched in the Andes Mountains, has helped keep its ancient traditions alive. About 60 per cent of Bolivia’s population trace their heritage back to indigenous South American peoples so it’s a country rich in cultures that have changed little over the centuries. Even in La Paz, the world’s highest capital city at more than 3700 metres, women dress in voluminous petticoats, vibrantly coloured shawls and bowler hats. Meet many of these ladies in the city’s dynamic street markets where you can pick up everything from an iPod or an alpaca jersey to bits of dried llama in the Witchdoctor’s Market. You will encounter llamas in the Andean wilderness and discover one of the world’s largest salt flats and its resident pink flamingos. There are piranha lurking in some of Bolivia’s Amazonian jungle waterways and much friendlier river dolphins in others. Lake Titicaca is an almost mystical destination. One of the world’s highest lakes it nestles under the dramatic Cordillera Real mountains, it is also the birthplace of the Children of the Sun, the Inca. Wander among the atmospheric Inca ruins on Isla de la Sol and glide over the turquoise waters in a traditional reed boat. Bolivia Fast Facts: Country Name: Rebublic of Bolivia Population: 9.7 Million Capital: La Paz Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara Currency: Bolivano Time Zone: 16 hours behind New Zealand (17 hours with daylight saving) Electricity: Current is 220V, 50HZ Plug is a 2 point round-pin adaptor Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Alexandra Alexandra Ashburton Ashburton Auckland Albany Botany Junction Devonport St Heliers: St Heliers Browns Bay Parnell New Lynn: LynnMall Milford Whangaparaoa Newmarket Ellerslie Ponsonby Remuera Howick Takapuna Takanini Balclutha Balclutha Blenheim Blenheim Cambridge Cambridge Christchurch Barrington Central/City: On Victoria Upper Riccarton High Street Lanes Hornby Merivale Papanui: Northlands Riccarton: Riccarton Road Shirley Ferrymead Coromandel Coromandel Dunedin Dunedin Gore Gore Greymouth Greymouth Hamilton City East: Calder & Lawson Hamilton City: Hamilton City Hastings Hastings Havelock North Havelock North Hokitika Hokitika Invercargill Invercargill Kerikeri Kerikeri Masterton Masterton Matamata Matamata Morrinsville Morrinsville Motueka Motueka Nelson Nelson New Plymouth New Plymouth Oamaru Oamaru Orewa Orewa Palmerston North City: Stephen Parsons City: Broadway Paraparaumu Kapiti Coast Queenstown Wakatipu Rangiora Rangiora Richmond Richmond Rotorua Rotorua Taupo Taupo Tauranga Mt Maunganui Papamoa the Crossing Tauranga CBD Te Awamutu Te Awamutu Timaru Timaru Wanaka Wanaka Wanganui Wanganui Wellington City: Hunter St Lower Hutt Johnsonville City: Featherston Street Westport Westport Whangarei Whangarei I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist National Geographic Journeys with G adventures Read more Add or remove from Wishlist South America: Where to stay? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.