All the natural sceneries of Latin America are at your disposal if you choose Bolivia as your next tourist destination: salt flats, volcanoes, Amazon jungle, high plateau, deserts… Culture and ancestral traditions in towns of great authenticity. Colonial architecture in a perfect state of conservation. A historical legacy and customs with strong roots in the native and indigenous culture. All this without forgetting an astonishing gastronomic offering and, of course, the Oruro Carnival, known the world over for its colour and enormous visual plasticity.
The ideal season to travel to Bolivia is between May and October. At that time the days are almost always sunny, but they are still cooler in the high plateau.
It is an ideal climate for activities such as climbing, mountain biking or hiking. It is advisable to avoid the month of August as this is the peak season. Also, it is not advisable to travel there from November to April because it is the rainy season, which makes it very difficult to carry out any activities.
As a curiosity, Bolivia is a derivation of the surname of Simón Bolívar, considered the liberator of the country and its first president.
It is just one of the curious facts about this country, which also houses the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca. It also has the Salar de Uyuni, considered the largest salt flat in the world with 12,000 square kilometres.
It should also be noted that 60% of the population is indigenous, the highest percentage in the Americas.
If we focus on Oruro, it is indispensable to see its carnival as the maximum representation of the country’s folklore. It has been named a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible World Heritage by UNESCO. About 50 folkloric ensembles distributed among 18 dance specialities take part, having made their pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Socavón.
It is also worth a visit to Lake Popoo where there is a beautiful island called the Island of Panza and where you can go hunting and fishing.
A worthwhile cultural activity is a visit to the Railroad Museum of Oruro, which is in the municipality of Machacamarca and where you will be able to find great relics of Bolivia’s republican era.
Also well known is the monument to Our Lady of Socavón, a sculpture that measures about 46 metres and is located at 3845 metres above sea level, weighing a whopping 1500 tonnes.