Bolivia Travel Guide
Bolivia travel guide
Due to its perfect location, neighboring Brasilia, Argentina, Peru and Chile, Bolivia is an amazing combination of low and high lands that provide more than spectacular views. But if you are planning a holiday in this paradise of landscapes, you should first think about the tight paths that you may come across.
Bolivia travel guide – Geography
The dominant part of Bolivia is related to the Andes Mountains. If you intend to visit the western highlands, you might want to spend some time at the border between Bolivia and Peru, because there you can find one of the highest navigable lakes in the world – Lake Titicaca. Furthermore, if you travel a little bit to the South, you are given the unique opportunity to see one of the world’s wonders – Salar de Uyuni. This salt flat is thought to have been formed 40 000 years ago when a huge prehistoric lake dried up and a desert took place that contains 10 billion tones of salt.
The highest peak in Bolivia is Nevado Sajama, which is located in Sajama National Park, not far from the border with Chile. Why I really recommend visiting this area is because of the world’s highest trees that can be seen growing up to 5200 m (Polylepis tarapacana).
The Bolivian climate can be very unpredictable sometimes, starting with violent winds and unfriendly temperatures. Also the climate depends on which area you intend to visit – in the highlands you should take warm clothes due to the dry and cold weather. However, as you climb down to lowlands the climate becomes warmer, reaching up to 26 degrees Celsius.
Bolivia travel guide – Flora and Fauna
Bolivia is thought to have the widest variety of flora and fauna in Central-South America. Due to its salty relief, this country was gifted with many useful ranges of herbaceous. The most important plant is ichu - a type of grass which is used for thatching, pasture and weaving mats. Also Bolivia offers a big variety of aromatic plants from vanilla to saffron plants, and an amazing and useful range of palms, sweet potatoes and fruits.
Talking about the zoological part of Bolivia, the most representative animal is the llama. This herbivore has been used for more than two thousand years as a carrier animal, and in our days it can provide even proper transportation for tired tourists that still want to visit the highlands. In the tropical Amazon area you can come across pumas, bears, monkeys and of course, snakes.
Bolivia travel guide – Resources
If you intend to travel to Bolivia, you might feel surprised to find out that 60 % of the population is using agriculture to provide food. Around Santa Cruz, Camiri and Yacuiba is a heavy mineral industry, but also a very well adjusted water resource management.
Bolivia travel guide – Transport
When it comes to traveling, we always ask an inevitable question: “How do I get there?” In Bolivia you can find the most common ways of transport from buses to railways and from roads to airports. If you decided to travel by plane (which is the fastest way, but not heap at all), you should know that the main airports are La Paz (El Alto) and Santa Cruz (Viru Viru).
Bolivia travel guide – Cuisine
Due to its agriculture living, people are used to prepare everything with spices. So, if you are interested in traditional meals, Bolivian cuisine could be a little unfamiliarly tasteful but also some travel guides say they are unhealthy for a tourist. Also don’t fail to try the local dishes because if you do, you may understand the wrong meaning of their little serving.
Also the Bolivians appreciate fresh servings, so don’t be amazed if you have to add your own milk or water. Another popular drink among the Bolivians is the Peruvian beer - a home-made combination made of water, cereal grains and dried-up fruits. So, if you’re planning to spend some time in a wonderful place, full of tradition, landscapes and unforgettable experiences, Bolivia is the perfect land for anyone!
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