Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America, as well as one of the loveliest. It attracts visitors from all over the world with its remarkable ethnic, cultural and geographical diversity (its landscapes include majestic Andean peaks, a part of the Amazon river basin, and vast lowlands), rich history, tasty cuisine and numerous natural and manmade attractions, like Lake Titicaca, Isla del Sol, the Tiavanaku archeological site, Potosí, Sucre, La Paz, Madidi National Park, and of course Salar de Uyuni – the world’s largest salt lake.
Our four-day Bolivia honeymoon itinerary (things to see and things to do)
We arrived in Copacabana sometime in the evening. Copacabana is a picturesque town located on the shore of Lake Titicaca. It is known for its rich pre-Columbian history, many prominent churches, and peaceful atmosphere. We had dinner at a typical Bolivian restaurant.
In Copacabana, we took a boat tour to Isla del Sol – one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bolivia. The lovely island on Lake Titicaca is famous for its steep, rocky terrain, scenic agricultural terraces and villages, and for being a very important Inca site – it is home to over 80 ruins. There are no vehicles on the island, nor are there any paved roads, which makes the islands even more special. We climbed the Inca stairs in Yumani and at the top of the island, we enjoyed a spectacular view of the lake and the island itself.
After returning to Copacabana, we took a bus to La Paz and there we took a night bus to Uyuni. By the time we got to Bolivia, we were on a pretty tight budget, so we weren’t able to afford the comfortable tourist bus, we had to take the cheaper local bus – the one with no heating or toilets. 🙂 Needless to say, we were up for a sleepless night.
We arrived in the town of Uyuni early in the morning. We checked into a hotel, had breakfast, packed a small backpack and took a one-day tour to Salar de Uyuni.
First, we stopped at the so-called train cemetery, located approximately 3 km outside of Uyuni. The cemetery was created sometime in the 20th century when the mining industry crashed and the trains, used by the mining companies, were abandoned.
Our next stop was a small tourist village on the edge of the salt flats. There are several stalls selling Bolivian handicrafts and a small museum displaying big salt sculptures. It was quite impressive.
After that, we finally reached the salt flats. We were there in February, during the country’s rainy season, so the flats were covered in water. Sometimes the water gets quite deep, which makes it hard to access the flats. Luckily, we had no such problems. The salt crust on the edge of the flats is mixed with soil, but as soon as we drove deeper, the crust became whiter.
The wind suddenly stopped blowing and we were able to see the famous mirror effect. It took our breath away!!! <3 Salar de Uyuni is the best attraction in Bolivia, as well as one of the most magical places in the world. It truly is heaven on Earth! Take a look at the photos and see for yourself! 😉
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We decided to treat ourselves to a lazy morning. Hunger chased us out of bed only at around noon. We went to a restaurant, had a delicious lunch and then we took some time to explore our surroundings. Other than the nearby train cemetery and the world-renowned salt flats, there are no other special attractions in the town of Uyuni. We took a walk around the quiet town and enjoyed its laid-back vibe.
Sometime in the evening, we took a bus to our next destination – Buenos Aires. 🙂
♥ Top romantic experience
Bolivia’s beautiful sights can create a very romantic atmosphere. 😉 Visit one of the country’s many charming cities, explore the countries stunning archeological sites, take a wildlife or a food tasting tour, attend a lively festival, soak in the beauty of Salar de Uyuni or Laguna Colorada (famous for its reddish waters), or simply relax on the shore of Lake Titicaca.
♥ Top adventure
Are you craving for adventures? Then Bolivia is the place to be. 🙂 It offers a long list of amazing adventures, including hiking on Isla del Sol, mountain and glacier climbing in the Andes, rock climbing in Sucre, waterfall rappelling or zip-lining through the jungle, rafting in Madidi National Park, kayaking in Lake Titicaca, rap jumping in La Paz, paragliding, sandboarding in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, cycling the infamous Yungas Road aka. the Death Road – the world’s deadliest road, and visiting the amazing Uyuni salt flat. The latter was our favorite adventure as well as our most romantic experience.
Are you wondering about the daily budget, the best time to go, visa and immunization requirements, local customs, currency, electricity standards, safety tips and where to stay? Here you can find out all you need to know before visiting Bolivia.
Have you already been to Bolivia? We invite you to share your top romantic experience and top adventure in the comment section below. 😉
Next stop: passionate Argentina! 😉