A Bolivian holiday is for many the trip of a lifetime, and a vacation that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Located in the heart of South America, Bolivia is a beautiful country with plenty to offer tourists and visitors to its many resorts and while there are countless different ways to enjoy everything it has to shout about, it is often the case that visitors could benefit from a few points in the right direction in order to make the most out of their time in the country.
But what should visitors look to take in from their Bolivian experience, and what points should they be looking towards when they’re actually on holiday to ensure they see the best possible side of the country?
Visit the Jungle
Bolivia is home to extensive jungles, which present an excellent opportunity for an excursion for those visiting the country. The jungles are home to a range of exotic plants, trees and wildlife, and make for an exciting and entertaining place to go and visit.
Of course, if you intend to take a trip to the jungle you should never venture out without an experienced, knowledgeable tour guide. Unsurprisingly, jungles can be dangerous places and it’s not advisable that you go trekking in the jungle unaccompanied for a whole host of reasons. Ultimately, you don’t want to make your vacation memorable for all the wrong reasons, so only go prepared.
Visit Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca is spectacular to see, and plays host to a range of activities like fishing and water sports. This is well worth seeing, and its scenic surroundings really spell out what Bolivia is all about as a country. A stunning place to be, Lake Titicaca is the largest body of water in South America by water volume, and is home to a number of islands which tourists can arrange to visit, aside from the obvious activities you would expect to be offered.
A trip to Lake Titicaca really is a must-see for anyone staying in Bolivia, and with the help of a tour guide you will be able to take in the full Bolivian experience while you’re there.
Learn the Language
This one might seem a bit more hard work, but one of the best ways to get yourself stuck in to Bolivian culture is to get yourself to a stage where you can effectively communicate with the locals – even on a base level – before you travel over there. Bolivia speaks almost 40 different languages natively, and while the particularly keen might wish to develop skills across the board, most people choose to learn a little Spanish.
Spanish is spoken in a local dialect in Bolivia which can make it harder to understand, but if you can strike up a conversation you can learn a great deal about this fascinating place, it’s history and its future.
Explore the Main Tourist Areas
While it is wise to stay in the main tourist areas unless you are accompanied by a guide, exploration is a must. There so much unique culture and so many features of Bolivian life that make it a truly one of a kind place, and you really need to take the time to explore for yourself and see what the main towns and cities have to offer. There’s plenty to see and do wherever you go, and with so much history around about you it often seems a shame to leave Bolivia having not learned at least a little about the place and its roots.
Look After Yourself
Most importantly of all, you need to be in a position where you are able to look after yourself when you are over there. Apart from verifiably legitimate individuals, you should be careful who you trust and where you go. That’s not to suggest Bolivia is necessarily more dangerous than anywhere else, but crime levels (particularly with tourists) have been known to be significant.
Bolivia can be a truly magnificent place to take a holiday, and especially for those that know what they can achieve while over there, the opportunities for exploration and activities make it the potential destination of a lifetime. With our top tips, you should be able to see a bit of Bolivia and experience the culture, while ensuring your trip remains as safe and memorable as possible – an absolute win/win for any would-be Bolivian holiday-maker.