Officially called the Plurinational State of Bolivia, this South American country is surrounded by its neighbors Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru. In terms of economy, Bolivia may be lagging behind its South American neighbors, but it sure tops them in terms of national treasures. A trip to Bolivia is not complete without seeing the Cordillera Real, a mountain range that’s situated around Sorata; Uyuni and its salt flats; and the Amazon Basin, with its majestic jungles and grasslands that are teeming with life.
Aside from its rich natural resources, Bolivia’s charm also comes from its authentic indigenous culture, which adds a dollop of local color to every trip. The country claims that over 60 percent of its population belongs to indigenous tribes such as the Aymara, the Quechua and the Guarani, among other ethnic tribes. Indigenous culture is best experienced in Bolivia’s colonial cities, including Sucre and Potosi.
For a hassle-free sightseeing, some tourists recommend the more established package tours, including the Peru and Bolivia trip, which covers the Inca Trail; the Bolivia to Brazil trips, and the Cusco to La Paz trips.
If you are trying to decide when to go to Bolivia, it is recommended that you book your trip during the winter season, specifically from May to October, when the days are dry and bright. It rains in Bolivia from November to April, so transportation by land can vary challenging to impossible during these times. Bolivia, however, is a melting pot of climactic zones. And climates can change drastically from humid to hot, to cold and rainy.