GENERAL INFORMATION

The dimensions of time and space in Bolivia are different from challenging highlands, peaceful valleys and exuberant tropics, where adventure begins at any corner. Arriving to Bolivia is like taking a journey back in time, although the environment is harmonious and the infrastructure comfortable. Being the most indigenous country in South America, Bolivia’s vibrant culture reflects a long and rich heritage offering a genuine glimpse of South American life. A pristine environment, smiling people, healthy, fresh and delicious cuisine, need to be experienced to understand why Bolivia is a truly exceptional destination.

Our favorite playground known as the “Sacred Lake of the Incas” is Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake of the world, surrounded by the magnificent Royal Range of the Andes. Emerging from its sapphire blue color we find the legendary Sun and Moon Islands, cradle of the Inca Empire, the Urus Iruitos Floating Islands, the Sustainable Tourism Project of Quewaya, and the Islands of Pariti, Kalauta and Quewaya. The Salt Lake of Uyuni, now selected as the first wonder of the world by “Rough Riders” magazine, is the largest on earth. The noise of the silence makes the heart beat faster and the pentagon of crystalline salt will make you feel that there is not a place like this in the whole world. Nevertheless the rustic infrastructure is compensable with the subjugating beauty of the sceneries. Bolivia counts with 21 ecological protected areas and National Parks. Our nature overwhelms visitors with its luxurious vegetation, an unspoiled wildlife and its native cultures seem to be frozen for centuries; the still intact Jesuit Missions in Santa Cruz have also become another fabulous international highlight.

Sucre and Potosi remain as the authentic expression of the Spanish colonial times, keeping the 17th century atmosphere. Fabulous museums, impressive churches, the visit to the mines and the Royal Mint House are a perfect sample of the past.

Bolivia is the last AUTHENTIC country in South America. In only one destination, visitors experience its supreme splendor, rich legacy, a mosaic of cultures and its dramatically diverse topography; but as wondrous as any of these is the warmth and hospitality with which the smiling Bolivian people greet visitors.

Bolivia’s history dates back to several thousand years. The original cultures, the Chiripas, Iru-itos, Muratos, Urus-Chipayas and finally the Tiwanacans reached high standards of social and political organization. Later on, these cultures became part of the extended Inca Empire, without losing their language, traditions or culture.

La Paz, Capital and main tourism destination. Santa Cruz, tropical center of petroleum, lumber and agriculture. Cochabamba, colorful, agricultural city with a perfect climate. Oruro, the mining town of the high plateau worldwide known for its fantastic carnival. Potosi, historic city and symbol of colonial times. Sucre, a colonial traditional city with a 17th century atmosphere. Tarija, a touch of Andalucia in the southern part of Bolivia. Trinidad, the capital of Beni, the large Amazon area. Cobija, the capital of Pando, the northern Amazon area.

The people of Bolivia are well known for their traditional hospitality and smiling faces. Bolivia can be proud of having the lowest rates of robbery and assault in all South America. The country offers safe travel, and a fabulous cultural legacy within the most spectacular panorama. The population is over 65% Indian, about 25% mestizo and some 10% white. This rich mixture has successfully preserved the old traditions, native customs and a fabulous folklore, now side by side, within the modern urban areas of a fast-developing society.

Besides Carnival when native dances can be seen all over Bolivia, a huge festival with thousands of native dancers known as “La Fiesta del Gran Poder” takes place in La Paz (May or June). Smaller festivals are scheduled throughout the year and especially in the native villages where any family event such as a birthday or a wedding or even setting the roof on a new house is a reason for dancing and playing native music.

Deeply concerned about the world’s ecological problems, Bolivia declared an “Ecological Pause”, since August 1990. During this time the country has organized and created 21 protected areas, national parks and sanctuaries. On the national ecological map, it has established areas of preservation and protection in order to ensure a rational conservation. Ecological guidelines are being established and will be implemented immediately in order to provide visitors with the possibility of enjoying the exuberant fauna and flora according to international sustainable Tourism.