Bolivia is a spirited land of superlative beauty, rich culture and nuanced traditions that date back to before the Inca kings. Its one of South America’s few remaining strongholds of Aymara, Quechua and other Amerindian traditions—a cultural tapestry made even more ornate by the dramatic Andean landscape that centers on the altiplano (high plains) at more than 12,000 feet. Scudding from this desolate and ethereal plain, look skyward to marvel at the remarkable glacier-shrouded summits of the Cordillera Real mountain range. Up here between the sky and the firmament, you will discover reed settlements and lost villages on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable waterway.
Bolivia has a remarkable topographical diversity. It spans salt flats, high plains, vertiginous transition zones and tropical Amazonian Basins. This convergence of tropical zones means wildlife watching here can be out of this world. It also makes for impressive trekking, some on ancient Inca roadways, and excursions to traditional villages where Aymara is still spoken and trade in Alpaca wears is at a premium.