Best Places to Inspire Romance in Bolivia!

1. Tarija. With its pleasant, almost year-round springtime climate, beautiful flower gardens, rich colonial architecture, and some of the highest vineyards in the world, Tarija is known as the 'Andalucia' of South America. Reserve one of the luxurious cliff-side suites at the Los Parrales Hotel for a panoramic view of the city, valley, and river below. Its warm, glass-domed spa with high ceiling-to-floor windows will afford you a romantic view of a star-encrusted sky even on the coldest night. Take a wine tour to Valle Concepción by day and try Casa Vieja's surprising white vino porto.

2. Coroico. From its vantage point atop a mountain, this beautiful, secluded town affords you a never-ending view of the tropical jungles of the Andes. Stay in your own cottage at the Sol y Luna Ecolodge or the upscale Hotel Gloria and enjoy the view of Bolivia's "Golden Valley" as you swing from a hammock. Coroico is surrounded by rivers, natural pools and waterfalls. You can also enjoy hiking, bike rides, horseback riding, swimming and rafting, or visits to several nearby haciendas and plantations. Coroico is especially well-known for its healing coca teas and aromatic coffees, which are sold worldwide.

3. Sucre. Bolivia's capital city was once home to the only prince and princess in this country's history. Their generosity ran as deep as their love and they shared their opulent fairytale palace, La Glorieta, with hundreds of orphans. Tour it, or any of the city's many churches and cathedrals, historical and anthropological museums and monuments, and one of South America's oldest colonial universities. Stay at the romantic but modern Santa Maria la Real Hotel and treat your guy to a visit of the nearby Parque Cretácico, where you can see the largest set of dinosaur tracks ever found on Earth. Afterward, gently remind him that Sucre is Bolivia's city of chocolates!

4. Island of the Sun. The seemingly unending blue sea known as Lake Titicaca, and the breathtaking views of the snow-capped Andes mountain range, inspired many of Bolivia's ancestral myths about the origins of mankind. Stay at the Posada del Inca and travel back thousands of years to a time when the universe was pure, the Earth was untouched, and the waters of this once far-stretching ocean gleamed under the golden rays of the mighty Inti, god of the Incas. If your heart can withstand this altitude, it can withstand any test of time, or love.

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Feb 14, 2011
Fiesta de la Santa Vera Cruz, Cochabamba, Bolivia
by: Dragutin Lauric

In Cochabamba, women ask the Lord of the Santa Vera Cruz to bless them with a child. The celebration takes place once a year. Read more about it here.

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