Bolivia, an extraordinarily diverse country teeming with cultural and adventure possibilities remains largely undiscovered by the tourism industry. While it boasts archeological sites more ancient than the famed Machu Picchu, natural wonders such as the Great Salt flats of Uyuni, and an attractively cheap cost of living, it receives less tourism than neighbouring countries like Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Perhaps due to a poorly established printed tradition, tourists often arrive in Bolivia knowing astonishingly little about what the country can offer them. Once within Bolivia information about the array of cultural events is hard to get hold of and often not even to be found in English. The country has yet to put itself on the international map and we are a part in this effort.
The Bolivian Express is not purely aimed at tourists; it is designed for the English-speaker, resident or not, with an interest in the La Paz and Bolivian scene: what you have to say about the political situation, which clubs are hot, where the coca leaves are tasty, when films are on, how the tourist industry is developing, plus some international tidbits. Journalists are sent out to investigate, not only in the city of La Paz, but have the opportunity to report back from tourist destinations across the country, placing them in the Bolivian context and assessing their impact on local communities, so providing a more in depth commentary than is offered by often superficial travel guides.
What Bolivia has to offer
Bolivia stretches literally from the Andes to the Amazon, making it a country extraordinarily rich both in its range of ethnic cultures and its biodiversity. Due to its variety of flora, fauna and varied geographical landscapes it is counted as one of the eight most biodiverse countries in the world. Natural reserves, National Parks, biological Research Stations and Forest Sanctuaries are among its 31 natural protected areas.
With Bolivian Express you will be encouraged to explore and research sites cultural heritage and outstanding natural beauty all around the country, and due to our links with Travel Agencies we will be able to offer you a 25% discount on a number of your trips. Before travelling, request at our office to see if your destination is under our discounts list.
Obviously. At a staggering 3600m above sea level, the highest administrative capital in the world, a city that clings as precariously to the rugged Andean slopes as its people to the buzzing city life.
Salar de Uyuni
The largest and highest Salt lake in the world, a blinding expanse of white salt desert dotted with iridiscent lagoons and towering volcanes.
Lake Titicaca: Islands and Copacabana
The immense deep blue lake which spans the border between Bolivia and Peru and whose islands are home to many traditional indigenous communities, existing alongside Inca ruins.
The hills and valleys around La Paz, birthplace of the coca leaf and location of the famous ´camino de la muerte´, once the world´s most dangerous road, now accessible by bike.
Tenth century ruins of a pre-Inca civilisation possibly dating back to 1600 BC. A huge site, much of which remains unexcavated. Let your imagination run wild.
Madidi and Rurrenabaque-Madidi National Park (Part of IUCN Category II) is the oldest in Bolivia, and spans a wide range of habitats and animal species, a biodiverse hotspot. Located in the Amazonian Jungle region of Bolivia it is a true contrast to the Andean climes.
Facts about Bolivia
- Wikipedia entry on Bolivia
- Lonely Planet guide to Bolivia
- CIA Factbook entry on Bolivia
- BBC country profile on Bolivia