Bolivia Activities

Whether you are looking for mountain adventures or colonial art, there are enough things to do in Bolivia to keep you occupied for months.

Here is a short list of things to do in Bolivia:

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  • Mine Tours
    Potosí's star attraction is the Cerro Rico Mountain, which is the town's lifeblood and has been mined for more than 500 years. There are about 5,000 mine entrances and tunnels. Each of the mines is run cooperatively, which means that some of the money from tours goes directly to the miners th
  • The Churches of Sucre
    Sucre has scores of churches and religious buildings dating back to colonial times. Many of these still maintain their original features and have unique histories. Most of the churches are in regular use and give daily mass - the doors are usually closed outside these times. San Lázaro (corn
  • Mirador Loma de San Juan

    A great place to pass a few hours on a sunny afternoon, the Mirador Loma de San Juan can be found to the west of the city center on top of a grassy hill. Popular with smooching couples, the park has good views over the city and looks down upon the pretty San Juan de la Loma Chap

  • Cathedral Metropolitana, Cathedral Museum and Capilla de la Virgin de Guadalupe
    The building of this Sucre landmark began in 1551 but was not finally completed until 1712. It was built in a Renaissance style with Baroque and Neoclassical additions made over the years. There's an impressive Greco-Roman alter at its head and a high-domed ceiling piped with gold leaf. The clock is
  • Monasterio y Templo de Santa Clara and Museo
    This working monastery was founded in the 17th century and took 18 years to build. The temple houses two large rooms containing 17th- and 18th-century artwork and religious pieces, which you will be shown as part of the museum tour. In the lower hall, a set of small painted double doors lead to the
  • Nuestra Señora de la Merced
    Nuestra Señora de la Merced has an impressive Baroque style interior, including a beautiful carved cedar wood alter covered in gold leaf, and smaller alters along the sides. There's also some artwork by Melchor Perez de Holguín, widely recognized as Bolivia's most important Baroque artist. It was
  • Basílica de San Francisco
    This 16th century church houses the ‘Liberty Bell' in one of its towers. The bell was used to rally the population to join the independence movement in 1809, believed to be the first thrust for freedom from colonial rule in Latin America. The Basílica de San Francisco also has an interesting c
  • Templo y Convento de San Felipe Neri
    The Neoclassical temple and convent of San Felipe Neri was founded by monks in the late 18th century and was built by slaves using stones from the local hills. The San Felipe monks were forced out of the country after the revolution of 25 de Mayo, leaving just the founder, Friar Jos
  • Titicaca Tours
    Titicaca tours offers an all-day boat tour from Copacabana to Isla del Sol and its Gold Museum, Footprints of the Sun, Sacred Rock, Northern Ruins, Inca Fountain, Puma Museum and Pilcocaina Temple. The trip also visits Isla de la Luna, with the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun. Both islands offer l
  • Salar de Uyuni and Southwestern Lakes
    Active volcanoes, hot springs and a palette of color-splashed lakes populated by hardy flamingos punctuate surreal, high altitude landscapes of blindingly bright salt plains and deserts, described by many as the most extraordinary area in all Bolivia.
  • Biocentro Güembé
    Km 7, on the road to Pongo, zona Los Batos, Tel: 3-370-0541, The world's biggest butterfly dome, a 2,500 square meter bird aviary, a network of natural swimming pools and an orchid exhibition are just some of the activities on offer at Biocentro Güembé - a 24 hectare nat
  • Jardín Zoologico
    Jardín Zoológico, considered by many to be the best in Bolivia, is a great alternative for viewing endangered wildlife if a trip to the jungle is not in the cards. Favorites here include pumas, jaguars and spectacled bears, though the tapirs and native birds are worth checking out as well.
  • Plaza 8 de Diceimbre
    At the heart of Concepción is its plaza, which Hans Roth, the mastermind behind the restoration of the Jesuit churches, is said to have thought was the most beautiful plaza of the all the missions. It is surrounded by white-washed buildings topped with red-tiled roofs that hang over the side walk -
  • Parque Ecológico Yvaga Guazú
    This 14-hectare ecological park contains over 800 different plant species including orchids, palms and medicinal plants. Guided tours take you to an area of the park where you can observe wild animals, as well as toucans, monkeys and macaws in the mini-zoo. You'll also be experiencing the rainforest
  • Los Ingenios
    Some fine examples of former ingenios (smelters) that were an important infrastructure used to extract silver from the ore in Cerro Rico. There were once 82 ingenios along the Río Huana Mayu. Some date back to the 16th Century. Operating the ingenios was an extremely dangerous job, the silve
  • Wineries

    No visit to Tarija is complete without a trip to the world's highest vineyards in the surrounding valleys. Tarija's foundations as a wine-growing region began long ago. The first bodega is registered in the early 17th century in Entre Rios. Today there are dozens of commercial an

  • Oruro Mines
    While tourist visits to mines are most often saved for Potosí, Oruro is another great spot to learn about the history of Bolivia's mining industry. The suffering caused by the mining industry has been a part of Oruro for centuries and continues to this day, and it is reflected in numerous museums,
  • Water Parks and Swimming
    Santa Cruz's tropical heat can make water-based activities a god send. Agualand (Friday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., price $5-10) near the Viru Viru airport, is Bolivia's biggest water park and has slides, wave machines and even a petting zoo. It's open from September until May. There's also an attract
  • Oruro Cathedral
    The Oruro Cathedral sits atop a small staircase, directly opposite the secondary plaza in the center of town (east of Plaza10 de Febrero). Fairly unimpressive, the cathedral is clearly showed up by its other half, the Sanctuario de la Virgen del Socavón. In 1994 the original baroque entrance of the
  • Sport and Recreation
    They may not be a regular fixture at the world cup, but like most South America countries, Bolivia is loco about football. International fixtures, and matches with local teams Bolívar and Strongest, are held at the Hernando Siles stadium in Miraflores - see the local press for match schedules. If y
  • Cultural centers
    Sucre has a number of cultural centers that organize special cultural events, show movies, run language classes, and have music exhibitions and a range of other activities. The Alliance Française (Calle Aniceto Arce 35, Tel: 4-645-3599), just down from the main plaza, shows foreign films, has l
  • TA Theatre and Cinema
    Sucre has a number of options for catching a movie or theatre production. The main cinema is on the plaza principal but there is now a bigger, comfier, more modern cinema ($2-$2.50) next to the SAS supermarket on Calle Juan José Perez. There is also a food hall here with free WiFi. Joyride Café a
  • Sport and recreation
    Sucre is the proud owner of an outdoor swimming pool, found on the eastern edge of Parque Bolivar. They have lane swimming midday-2.30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 2-5 p.m. at the weekend. It costs $0.75. The pool is covered by a plastic awning so it's not exactly ‘outdoor' but it's pretty close.
  • Kusijata and Baño del Inca
    The village of Kusijata is home to a colonial hacienda mansion, which doubles as a community-run archeological museum, Museo Arqueológico Regional. This museum contain
  • Swimming
    There are a few places in San Ignacio where you can take a refreshing dip. The Laguna El Guapomó is a man-made lake that borders the north and eastern sides of the town. It's surrounded by greenery and has nice views over the surrounding countryside. There's a sandy area to the north of the city c
  • San Juancito
    The comunidad indígena of San Juancito can be found 22 kilometers north of San Ignacio de Velasco and provides a chance to experience how life is in a typical chiquitania village. This tourism project allows you to observe and participate in traditional practices like harvesting or planting coffee
  • San Pedro Prison
    Luxuriously decorated apartments sit overlooking La Paz and snowcapped mountains; children run in the courtyard; the Coca-Cola-sponsored soccer team plays a lively game; diners enjoy a leisurely lunch in neighborhood restaurants; grocery stores sell fresh goods; men read the newspaper as their shoes
  • Represa de San Jacinto
    This 700 hectare, man-made lake just six kilometers from the city is a great place to come and lunch or just relax in the sunshine. There are a number of food cabins and restaurants serving local specialties along the water's edge, and you can take trips out in a little rowing boat for a fraction of
  • Triathlon tours
    Triathlon tours to the red canyons and breathtaking mountains are perfect for adrenaline junkies and/or anyone wanting to explore the Bolivian landscape. Tours vary depending on the company, but generally consist of a combination of horseback riding, biking and a jeep tour. Lunch is usually included
  • Plaza Principal - Plaza Padre Felipe Suárez
    The dusty plaza principal in San José de Chiquitos is at the heart of the town. It's a picturesque spot filled with palm trees, toborochi trees and pretty blooms, and there are plenty of benches dotted around for you to sit and soak up the atmosphere. On the northwest corner you'll find a man selli
  • Mapiri Trail
    The six-to-seven day Mapiri trail will challenge you in ways you thought were not possible. Anyone harboring fantasies of Indina Jones will have a field day; the trek involves having to hack through thick vegetation, fight off persistent insects and scramble under fallen trees. The trail starts at
  • Trans-Cordillera Trek
    This trek is one of them most challenging in Bolivia, covering over 160 kilometers and 20 passes over 4,000 meters, traversing the entire Cordillera Real. You will experience the full range of scenery in the area, from sub-tropical forests to high alpine valleys, past Aymara villages to snow-capped
  • Illampu Circuit
    This challenging trek starts in Sorata and then circuits the Illampu Ancohuma massif, returning back to the Yungas village in approximately seven days. You'll need to be well acclimatized to do this trek - there are three passes over 4,000 meters and one over 5,000 meters and you ascend more than 2,
  • Illampu
    Considered one of the most impressive mountains in Bolivia, Mount Illampu is also one of the most technically challenging. Known as the king of Cordillera Real by the locals, and the most northern peak in the range, Mount Illampu is surrounded by semi-tropical forest, the arid altiplano and Lake Tit
  • El Camino del Oro
    The Camino del Oro, or Gold Diggers' Trail as it's often known in English, follows a thousand-year-old trail from the heights of the Altiplano to the gold mining villages of the semi-tropical Yungas. In pre-colonial times, it acted as a trade route between the high plains and the gold fields of the
  • Quebrada de Palmira and The Valle de Los Machos
    The Quebrada de Palmira is likely the most popular of the hikes around Tupiza, as it's the route tour agencies follow on walks and horse rides. Additionally, aside from El Cañón, it is the closest to town. West of the train tracks and Avenida Pedro Arraya south of town, a small creek runs toward t
  • Mountain Biking
    There are lots of mountain biking options around Sucre, from downhill jaunts to more challenging off-road trips. Many of the tours involve stretches on main roads where the drivers are not always cyclist savvy, so be careful. Some of the more popular tours include rides down to the seven waterfalls
  • Hike to indigenous village
    It is possible to walk to the village of Carmen Soledad. Other hiking routes include a 60-minute trek to the Suse Canyon, a 30-minute trek to the Mirador Cruz (where visitors can admire spectacular views of the area), and a 20-minute amble to the lovely Pozas Blancas. If you are more of a horseback
  • Hiking Around Tupiza
    The landscape around Tupiza is red and rocky; it is a wilderness filled with elongated rock formations, cacti which have grown tall over time and wide, dry riverbeds. Just as much as the quaint and quiet town is reminiscent of the wild west, Tupiza's outlying scenery evokes the same wonder of days l
  • El Cañón
    Walking to the red rock formations of El Cañón from Tupiza's city center is a short stroll, probably two or so hours roundtrip, longer if you wish to linger. To get there, head west on Calle Chuquisaca, past the military barracks and then curve right with the road/parking lot at the fútbol field.
  • Quebrada de Palala and El Sillar
    Possibly the most impressive of the rock formations around Tupiza, the Quebrada de Palala and El Sillar are also in a handy location, on the salt route that all jeep tours take from Tupiza to the Salar. While the later is a bit far out to walk (17 km northwest--but with some resilience, camp gear an
  • Cañon de Torotoro and El Vergel
    Definitely one of the most picturesque sites in the park, the Cañon de Torotoro is situated a few hours walk from the village of Torotoro. It's part of the network of large canyons throughout Parque Nacional Torotoro and is one of the few that is accessible to visitors. The canyon floor is surround
  • Gruta de Umajalanta
    One of the most popular attractions in the park is the Gruta de Umajalanta, a complex cave system of chambers and passageways, which is thought to be the largest in Bolivia. Almost five kilometers of tunnels have been explored in the complex, and you'll need ropes, headlights and a good deal of craw
  • Cine Teatro Municipal 6 de Agosto
    The Cine Teatro Municipal 6 de Agosto reopened its doors in September 2008 after a complete refurbishment. Here you can catch monthly film festivals and new movies in a modernized movie theatre complete with an up-to-date sound system, new projector and comfy seats. There's a café in the lobby, wit
  • Peñas
    For cultural entertainment, try one of La Paz's peñas. These offer a show of folkloric dancing, live music and dinner, starting in the early evening and sometimes continuing on to well past midnight. Food is optional if you want to see the show but eat elsewhere. Some of the best include: La Casa
  • Lagunas del Kari Kari
    Eight kilometers southeast of Potosí rest artificial lakes that were constructed in the late 16th and early 17th centuries by indigenous slaves. The purpose was to provide water for the city's residents, as well as to produce hydroelectric power to run the smelters. Twenty-two lakes were built in t
  • Salar de Uyuni
    Although Uyuni is the principal starting point for tours to the Salt Flats, many tour agencies also offer the trip starting out from Tupiza. Prices are more expensive, but tours usually last two days longer (four-five days rather than the standard three). Additionally, there are typically fewer tour
  • Cemeterio de Trenes
    3 km outside of Uyuni is the train cometary, home to a large collection of rusting steam locomotives dating back to the 1940s. Though there has been talk of turning the cemetery into a bona fide train museum, no action has been taken to do so. Many tours make their first stop at the cemetery before
  • Trinidad Nightlife
    Trinidad isn't exactly teeming with entertainment options, but there are a few places to go out and enjoy yourself. You can catch a movie at the Cine Tropical (Calle Joaquín de Sierra between the main plaza and Calle La Paz) and there are a couple of billiards halls on Avenida Santa Cruz (be
  • El Cristo de la Concordia
    Cochabamba's unmissible landmark stands at an impressive 34.2 meters (40.4 meters including its base) - a little taller than the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro, one of the tallest statues in South America and the tallest Christ statue in the world. The imposing structure dominates the eastern skyli
  • Rock Paintings (Trek)

    This trek follows the rim of the Cordillera de los Frailes. The trail starts just west of the Chataquila chapel and continues for about seven kilometers before reaching the rock paintings of Incamachay and Pumamachay. The paintings and engravings are thought

  • The pre-Inca Trail

    The paved pre-Inca trail heads down from Chataquila to the village of Chaunaca six kilometres away. The trail is well paved and is a relatively easy two hour trek through beautiful scenery. This can be done as a half-day trek from Sucre if you go with an agency

  • Chaunaca to Maragua Crater

    In the village of Chaunaca you can buy basic supplies and there's lodging at Samay Huasi. You can also camp near-by, if you have permission. From here it's a five hour trek to the community of Maragua in the Maragua Crater. Staying overnight here is pretty special

  • Trekking Condoriri to Huayna Potosí
    Starting about an hour outside of La Paz, the Condoriri to Huayna Potosí trek packs a remote, world class trek into three days and two nights. This short interval has it all: views of the Cordillera Real llama herdsman and their flocks, glaciers, 18,000 foot passes, sand pits, fantastic fauna an
  • 4x4 Tours

    If you don't want to trek, or want to combine trekking with 4x4 tours, there is a wealth of options available. A popular 4x4 trip from Chaunaca is to the community of Potolo, where you can see the elaborate weavings made by the villages. There are cabañas to

  • Río Surutú
    One of the most popular spots to visit near Buena Vista is the Río Surutú. Here you can swim in the clear waters, lounge around on the sandy beaches or have a picnic. It's particularly popular with local families at the weekend. There are several points where you can visit the river, the easiest b
  • Inglesia de los Santos Desposorios and Plaza Principal
    Buena Vista's original church was constructed in the early 18th century, not long after the founding of the Jesuit Mission in 1694. It was built by Friar Martin Schmid, the architect behind many of the churches in the Chiquitania. The church that stands today is a modern reconstruction, but some ori
  • Templo Misional
    The original church in San Ignacio was completed in 1761. It was designed by Friar Martin Schmid and was completed by one of his colleagues, only to be destroyed by fire in the early 19th century. It was rebuilt, but the giant structure was allowed to deteriorate, compounded by the harsh economic cl
  • Basilica Menor de San Lorenzo
    Originally founded in 1605, Santa Cruz's cathedral was not completed until the mid-19th century. Today it overlooks Plaza 24 de Septiembre and serves as this city's most iconic sight. Inside there is are impressive examples of silver and woodwork. You can climb the belltower ($0.50 US, 8:30 a.m. - n
  • Jesuit Mission complex
    The striking mission complex, the only one constructed in stone, takes up one whole side of the main plaza and consists of the mortuary chapel, the church, the bell tower and the school. The complex was completed between 1747 and 1754 in a Baroque style, and was built in adobe and stone due to the l
  • Plaza 24 de Septiembre
    In a town arguably void of sights, Plaza 24 de Septiembre, located in the center of Santa Cruz, is your best choice for sightseeing. A market graces the center of the square, and benches line the outer rim, providing ample opportunities for shopping, people watching or reading a book. If that's not
  • Palacio Portales
    The former home of tin baron Simón Patiño (although he never actually lived here), who was once the fourth richest man in the world. The two-floor French Renaissance style palace was built using imported European materials by European laborers, and contains Carrara marble, Louis XV furniture, silk
  • Convento-Museo Santa Teresa
    This impressive religious complex contains two 18th century churches - one that was built inside the other - and a maze of rooms, corridors and patios. The Convento Santa Teresa (Calle Baptista and Calle Ecuador) has some beautifully carved altars throughout the building, colonial sculptures and art
  • Iglesia de la Merced
    This restored church was originally built in 1555 and completed in 1580, and further renovation took place in the following century. The building reflects a colonial-style architecture. There is a lovely mural painting from the 17th Century on display, a carved pulpit and a silver arch over the alta
  • Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
    The Iglesia de San Francisco (Calle 25 de Mayo, on the corner of Calle Bolívar) was built in the late 16th century in the Renaissance style, and is one of the oldest buildings in Cochabamba. The convent was added in the 17th century and the belfry tower and vault were later remodeled in
  • Iglesia Santa Domingo
    Iglesia Santa Domingo (Avenida Ayacucho and Calle Santiváñez) was one of the last colonial churches to be built in Cochabamba, and has many original ornamental details that were common in mestizo temples at the time, especially on the altiplano. Originally, there was just a small chapel on the sit
  • Catedral Metropolitana de Cochabamba
    The Catedral Metropolitana de Cochabamba, situated next to the main plaza, began life as a small adobe church in the 16th century, and is Cochabamba's oldest church. It was remodelled in the 18th century to form the current building, with further changes being made in the 20
  • Parque El Arenal
    A favorite among locals, this park surrounding a lagoon is a perfect place for lounging or taking a stroll. On an island in the middle of the lagoon there is a mural by Santa Cruz-born artist Carlo Lorgio Vaca, famous for his bas-relief murals and paintings that can be found throughout Bolivia. You
  • Cala Cala
    Cala Cala is an Aymaran word meaning ¨place full of stones.¨ Cala Cala is located 21 kilometers (13 mi) southeast of Oruro and is thought to be where the first human settlements were made. Colorful rock paintings are found 2.5 kilometers (1.6 mi) outside the village of Cala Cala. The rock pain
  • Condoriri Massif Climb
    The Condoriri Massif consists of a cluster of 13 beautiful peaks, all above the 5000m (16,400ft) mark. Climbers have their pick of snow-capped peaks ranging from 5100 - 5648 m. The mountain range's breathtaking scenery, along with the variety of climbing skills/techniques each summit requires, make
  • Ancohuma Climb
    Mount Ancohuma (6,427 meters) is found in the northern part of the Cordillera Real. It's the largest peak in the Ancohuma Illampu Massif, situated to the south-east of Mount Illampu. It was first climbed in the early 20th century, and remains one of the least climbed 6,000 meter plus mou
  • Calle Quijarro
    This quaint street has many colonial buildings, and is thought to have once been home to many of the city's potters. Family crests can still be seen above doorways. The bends int he narrow street were designed as an obstacle to the cold winds that descend on the city and blow into the houses.
  • Plaza 31 de Julio
    It the centre of town you'll find the delightful Plaza 31 de Julio, filled with Cuban palms, mahogany, Spanish-cedar and the wonderful toborochi trees with their bulging, spiky trunks and colorful blooms. Some of the trees have name tags (in Spanish) if you fancy introducing yourself. The plaza doub
  • Illimani
    On a clear day in La Paz it's impossible to miss Mount Illimani - the majestic 6,400 meter mountain that guards over the de-facto capital, dominating the southern skyline. Mount Illimani is seen as the Queen of the mountain gods in Aymara culture and is considered one of the most beautiful peaks in
  • Huayna Potosí Climb
    Due to its accessibility - just 25 kilometers north of La Paz - and its gorgeous glacial pyramid shape, Huayna Potosi (“Young Mountain”) is the most popular and well-traversed peak in the Cordillera Real. Perched at 6,088 meters (19,974 feet), this peak also entices climber
  • Llama Chaqui Ruins
    There are a number of pre-Columbian ruins in Parque Nacional Torotoro, with the most well-known being the fort of Llama Chaqui. Situated 19 kilometers from Torotoro, it's a beautiful but exerting four-hour trek each way to the fortress. The ruins are perched on a greenery-filled hill, where you can
  • Lake Titicaca by Boat
    An excursion on Lake Titicaca becomes a memorable highlight of every visit to the Andes. Lake Titicaca is nothing short of spectacular. The highest (3,810 m) navigable body of water in the world is located on the Bolivian altiplano and nestled between the two cordilleras of the Andes. The lake is ap
  • Copacabana Beach
    It's not as captivating as the beach of the same name in Brazil, but the Copacabana Beach is about as close as you will get to surf, sand and sun in landlocked Bolivia. Though the high altitude and grainy sand make for unappealing sunbathing, it's a nice place to spend an afternoon. Food stalls a
  • Cordillera Real Climbing
    As one of the most diverse and pristine mountain ranges in the world, the Cordillera Real offers a wealth of climbing opportunities for mountaineers of all abilities - from complete novices to experienced ice climbers. Here you'll find some of the world's most accessible mountains over 6,000 meters,
  • Iglesia de San Agustín
    This is a fascinating church with fine architecture and a grand Renaissance entryway. San Augustín has underground catacombs tha create a spooky ambience. Some tour agencies offer nighttime visits to this church.
  • Iglesia San Bernardo
    This former church and convent was built in the late 16th Century, further restoration took place in the late 1720s through to the 19th Century. It is worth a visit to witness its impressive architecture. The building now hosts a Spanish-sponsored school of art restoration for university students.
  • Cascada La Pajcha and Mirador Los Cóndores
    Forty-three kilometers southeast of Samaipata is the Cascada La Pajcha, a beautiful multi-tiered waterfall with a natural pool and sandy beaches. The scenery is spectacular around here, will great views and parrots flitting among the greenery. It makes a relaxed day trip from Samaipata. There is no
  • Inglesia Francisco Javier and Museo Misiones de Chiquitos and Plaza Principal
    San Javier's church was built between 1749 and 1752 by Father Martin Schmidt, the Jesuit architect behind many of the mission churches. It was restored by Hans Roth and his local team between 1987 and 1992 and is very authentic. There are large carved pillars throughout the church and much of the in
  • Horseback Riding
    Many visitors come to Tupiza to sample Bolivia's version of the Wild Wild West and to explore the area on horseback. Most agencies offer 2-, 5- and 7-hour trips as well as multi-day trips. Tours are suitable for both beginners and more experienced riders, although no formal tuition is given and helm
  • Horseback Riding
    The scenery around Sucre is perfect to don some spurs and jump on a horse. The most popular treks are half or full-day rides that start just 10 to 15 minutes from the town center. You'll normally have the choice of passing through some stunning mountain scenery heading towards the village of Yotala,
  • Bella Vista and El Codo de Los Andes
    The scenery around Bella Vista (55km from Samaipata) is pretty spectacular, with mountains covered in vegetation, waterfalls and lots of wildlife. There are a number of good hikes in this area. You can do a day hike from Samaipata that takes you through a variety of landscape and has fantastic views
  • Centro de Investigaciones Arqueológicas de Samaipata
    This small museum has descriptions of Bolivia's historic cultures and displays artifacts. Most of the pieces were found in the region and include decorative urns, pots, drinking vessels and incense burners. There's also a model of the archaeological ruins of El Fuerte, and a description of the site,
  • Curichi Marsh
    Situated less than two km south of Buena Vista, Curichi Marsh provides a great spot to go bird watching and enjoy nature. The reserve is made up of 380 hectares of wetlands and forest and has a large lagoon at its heart. The area was created to protect Buena Vista's water supply, but also serves as
  • Biking to indigenous village
    To enjoy more of the beautiful scenery and meet some locals, visitors to Rurrenabaque can rent bikes ands cycle to the indigenous village of Carmen Soledad. You just need to inform the tourist office before you set off so that the inhabitants of the village can prepare for your arrival. It is fascin
  • Visiting the site
    El Fuerte is situated about 10 kilometers from Samaipata, just off the road to Santa Cruz on the top of a hill. It's possible to walk to the site, or get a taxi from the center. You can buy entry tickets from the museum in town, or at the site itself. From the entrance you follow a trail that first
  • Laguna Volcán and Serranía Volcanes
    Just less than 50 kilometers from Samaipata, about one and half hours drive along the road to Santa Cruz, is Laguna Volcán and Serranía Volcanes, a large lagoon surrounded by dramatic red mountains. There are some pleasant walks around the lagoon and he community of Bermejo is close-by. From here,
  • Las Cascades de Cuevas
    Twenty kilometers (12 mi) from Samaipata, next to the road to Santa Cruz, are the waterfalls of Las Cuevas. The site consists of three falls with natural pools, which are perfect for swimming, and sandy beaches at the side of the water. The falls are at the end of an obvious path leading from the ma
  • Iglesia de San Roque
    This 19th Century church looks over the city like a watch-tower, perched up on a hill at the top of Calle General Bernardo Trigo - and with good reason, it was used as a look-out point when it was first built. It has a very prominent place in Tarijan culture, being named after the patron saint of th
  • Casa Dorada
    The magnificent ochre and silver Casa Dorado sits in the middle of the city on the corner of Calle General Bernardo Trigo and Calle Ingavi just a block away from the main plaza. It took more than 20 years to build, finally opening in 1903, and is now Tarija's official Casa de Cultura. Inside you'll
  • Museo y Convento de Santa Teresa
    The construction of the impressive Santa Teresa convent began in 1685 and construction took six years. The woman who was responsible for establishing the convent now lies in a coffin at the monastery. Supposedly the body is still fully intact, which is considered a miracle by local people, since the
  • La Torre de la Compañía de Jesús
    The bell tower is all that remains of the former Jesuit church. The tower was completed in 1707, before original bulding collapsed. The sight visible throughout town also offers lovely views of the town and the surroundings, including Cerro Rico.
  • Catédral
    Work began on the Cathedral in 1564, but reconstruction took place during the 18th Century, after the center aisle collapsed. Most of what is now visible is neo-classical construction. Half-hour tours are available Monday to Saturday.
  • Temple of San Lorenzo
    San Lorenzo is an attractive church next to the central market. Construction started in 1548, but by the middle of the 18th Century it was still not completed. The façade was added in the 1700s, before the church was rebuilt. What visitors now see was mostly built during the 18th century. The arc
  • Museo y Convento de San Francisco
    San Francisco is the oldest church�in Potosí. The convent was founded in 1547 by Fray Gaspar de Valverde, was later demolished, and�then extended throughout a period of nineteen years starting in 1707. The museum houses important religious paintings and works. English speaking guides are
  • El Castillo de la Glorieta
    El Castillo de la Glorieta was built in the late 18th century for Prince Francisco Aggandoña. The Prince and his wife wanted their home to reflect the style of buildings in Europe at the time, so employed an Italian architect to design a castle with a mix of Dutch, Renaissance, Roman, Byzantine and
  • Basílica y Convento de San Francisco y Museo Fray Francisco Miguel Mari

    The Basílica San Francisco was built in 1606 and is the oldest church in town - try and go inside to see the beautiful oil paintings (there is mass most evenings). The museum is housed in the college next door and houses a collection of baroque artwork that has been donated to t

  • Copacabana Cathedral
    Copacabana Cathedral, formally called Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Copacabana, is one of Bolivia's truly unique churches. This sprawling church (1550-1651) has large round domes, commanding pillars and mudéjar (Moorish) style design. From the outside, the cathedral is a dominating, white
  • Cementerio General
    Billed as the most beautiful cemetery in Bolivia, Sucre's 19th century Cementerio General is the resting place of some of Bolivia's most important historical figures, including former presidents Aniceto Arce Álvarez and Narciso Campero. The central areas are filled with the marble tomb stones of
  • La Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Jerusalén
    This chapel was originally constructed in honor of the Virgen de Candelaria and was rebuilt during the 18th Century. There are some impressive paintings depicting biblical scenes by artists of the Potosí school. Tours are compulsory, but high quality.
  • Laguna Suárez
    Just five minutes from the city centre you'll find Laguna Suárez, a historical lake constructed by the Moxos Indians, which today is the perfect place for swimming and water sports. There are a number of balnearios around the lake shore, and plenty of restaurants and cabañas in the vicinity includ