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Best Things To Do In Bolivia: Tourist Attractions

Even the best tourist attractions in Bolivia are commonly overlooked due to the popularity of its neighbors: Argentina, Brazil, and Peru.  While one can’t argue there are a lot of things to do in all three countries don’t fail to notice all of the unique things to do in Bolivia.

What other countries can claim the world’s most dangerous road (the death road or death highway) and the ability to walk on water? Yes that’s right I said it, walking on water in Bolivia, its one of the many Bolivia attractions to take part of.

La Paz is the capital of the country providing many of your Bolivia tourist attractions.  There are countless museums to visit for any avid art fan or fans of artifacts.  Many of those museums are housed in colonial buildings in the old city of Calle Jean.  Sagarnarga street is the main drag any tourist would want to visit.

La Paz: Capital City in Bolivia

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Valle de La Luna in Bolivia

The tourist attractions in Bolivia usually start in La Paz where you can view great colonial architecture and museum as well.  The main tourist drag is called Sagarnarga street and you should check out the local markets, el mercado negro and de las brujas are good ones to check out.  Valle de la Luna in Bolivia is a great attraction as well as the nightlife which are called peñas (clubs).

La Paz & Surrounding Areas:

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Lake Titicaca courtesy of Sacred Destinations

The lake is center to great picture opportunities and a slew of legends in Bolivia.  The islands in the lake are among the things to do when you are in the area and you can also get to know their history, Isla de a Luna (Moon Island) and Isla del Sol (Sun Island), respectively.  If you didn’t know Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and is also the highest in all of the Americas.  You can see an impressive archeological site in Tiwanaku which will shed some like on the civilization before the Incas.

Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia Salt Flats)

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Picture of Salar de Uyuni

Probably the most popular thing to do in Bolivia, this place will completely blow your mind.  In order to have the view that I have above you have to go during the rainy season.  The rainy season in Salar de Uyuni is from November to March.  What happens is a white out affect caused by a small layer of water over the salt flats.  You can take absolutely breathtaking pictures and have lunch at the restaurant made out of salt!


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The Death Road courtesy of Uniquetraveldestinations

Bolivia used to lay claim to the most dangerous road in the world until the country built a much safer road.  This is still a very popular tourist attraction since people like to bike trek the road, down hill of course.  The Death Road is officially called the North Yungas Road and before the new stretch of road was built over 200 people died here every single year.  You can find many tours that offer the bike trek through the Death Road.  If you don’t taking these kinds of risks you can try other outdoor activities that Bolivia has to offer.  Peep this video about the Death Road:


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Casa Nacional de la Moneda Potosi, Bolivia

The city of Potosi used to be a very large mining town and has an immense amount of history.  The mines in the region were so rich that the city use to be one of the most wealthiest cities in the Americas.  There is nice colonial architecture to see in the area as well as mining tours if thats your thing!  Don’t forget to explore the city and some of the museums available as well.


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

WanderingTrader June 16, 2011 at 3:06 am

Thanks May.. its a very interesting country to travel to and the Salt Flats are by far one of the top things to do but it can be hectic traveling around the country as infrastructure isn’t completely there


lex January 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm

If I ever go to Boliva, going on the Death Road would be the last thing I would think about doing.


WanderingTrader January 26, 2012 at 12:32 am

Everyone that has been to Bolivia has found it very exhilarating Lex!


WanderingTrader March 18, 2012 at 1:12 am

Im going to check out more things when I head down and visit the country again… I think most people dont go to the country for those specific things which is why I tried to include all of the top things to do.. def will check it out! Thanks Josepth


antwan May 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm



Johnny Martinez August 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

Also please add the Carnaval de Oruro which is at the beginning of the year in the months of february and march. This is pretty big for a lot of people.


Marcello September 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Oh great thanks Johnny


kayla beamon November 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm

THese things are really great. one day i hope to go there


Sylvie January 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm



Laura June 29, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I am going to Bolivia next month! I am hoping to visit one of the national parks. Any recommendations?


Marcello July 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Salar de Uyuni is a must see.. make sure you head there during the rainy season. It is quite impressive.


Agi August 15, 2014 at 11:41 pm

I would definitely take away ‘Valle de La Luna’ which I personally found a bit boring and replace it with Altiplano with its gorgeous plateaus, lagunas (Laguna Verde & Laguna Colorada), abstract rock formations like ‘Salvador Dali Desert’ (Valle de Dali), Arbol de Piedra, volcanos in the background, and flamingos and wild vicunas! Also, I found there were very few tourists there, and we drove through the area almost alone in one jeep for 2 days. In laguna colorada & verde we were completely alone with no one in sight, as with most of the altiplano tour (were there beginning April). My most favourite place in Bolivia next to Uyuni (haven’t done the death road) and one of the most favourite of all places of 40 countries I’ve been to. A hidden jewel!


Marcello August 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Thanks Agi!


Retire Before Dad August 11, 2014 at 8:25 am

Good list here. I road on the death road end-to-end in a Land Rover. The scariest part is that cars pass each other on the opposite side, so that the driver side has the best view of the ledge. Returning, we took a flight. It was too risky and slow. I would add Rurrenabaque and the surrounding river and jungle tours to this list, and maybe Cochabamba as a nice smaller city.


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