The 5 Top Tourist Attractions in Bolivia

(Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia)

La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia

Recently we were asked "What are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Bolivia?" That's a really interesting question, and one that the Chambers of Tourism could probably respond to more precisely. We don't have official statistics about exactly how many tourists visit each tourist attraction in Bolivia; however, the following might be among the top five tourist attractions:

Salar de Uyuni - the Uyuni Salt Flats (also known as the Uyuni Salt Desert). This is located in the state of Potosí also a very popular tourist attraction in Bolivia because it is where silver was mined and minted for over 400 years and you can still visit the mines. Also, in the 1500's, it was thought to be the most populous city in the world.

Camino de la Muerte - the Road of Death (also known as the Most Dangerous Road in the World). This tour ends in the little jungle town of Coroico, also beautiful.

Carnaval de Oruro - Oruro Carnaval which takes place in February/March of each year. Oruro is called Bolivia's folklore capital. The carnaval is one of the most colorful in the Americas.

Tiwanaku, located very near the city of La Paz. These ruins of an ancient civilization might be what remains of one of the oldest cities on Earth.

Other very popular tourist attractions in Bolivia are:

Samaipata, a small town in the foothills of Santa Cruz known as the little Switzerland of the Andes. Here you can visit El Fuerte, the largest carved stone in the world, and ruins of an ancient civilization the origins of which are unknown.

Jesuit Missions in north-central Santa Cruz are a series of small towns, hundreds of years old, established by Jesuit Missionaries from Spain during the Colonial period. The Jesuits taught the natives to play European Renaissance baroque music, art, and agriculture. Throughout South America, most of these are now ruins but in Bolivia they are living, thriving towns.

Amboro National Park and Noel Kempff Mercado National Park are among the most popular tourist attractions because Bolivia is considered one of the top 10 most biodiverse countries in the world, meaning more plant and animal species are found in Bolivia than almost anywhere else on the planet.

La Paz and Sucre (the capital of Bolivia) are probably the two most visited Bolivian cities but Santa Cruz is the largest and Tarija is fast becoming a very popular tourist destination as well. You can click here to read more about the Top 10 Major Cities of Bolivia.

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Jul 28, 2015
Unique Bolivia
by: Jessica S.

I've just came back from a 2 month stay in Bolivia.I've been in La Paz. Santa Cruz and Potosi. In my experience Santa Cruz has some neighborhoods which are nice but nothing more than just going clubing around. Although Samaipata is Amazing, its more like a city to make businesses and work. I would also recomend visiting the national parks there! Potosi was amazing, but only for touring. I loved the Cerro Rico expeditions, the museums and of course the place where heaven meets the earh , the Salt Flats of Uyuni. La Paz was by far the city I liked the most. The center and north are really chaothic but in a good way as this city is built in between above and below monuntains!
The south zone is so peacefull and comfty. People where fun and very welcoming. I recommend Lake Titicaca, Valle de la Luna, the Golf Course, parachute experience, and just hanging around the unique bars in the center and south zones. I spend the most time in La Paz since It was just so peacefull and amazing and people were so welcoming, maybe someday I will come back and rent a flat for sometime :).

Mar 18, 2015
feeding spot
by: kaneki kun

Great place to feed without dove interference.

Nov 29, 2013
Lake Titicaca?
by: David & Lin @

Having lived for several years in Cochabamba and Tarija, Bolivia, we agree it is hard to say which are the top attractions.

If one is talking about places that are visited the most by tourists, I do believe that Lake Titicaca would be right up there.

Personally, we love the valleys, flats and jungle areas of Bolivia and have spent quite a bit of time in the Villa Tunari area,visiting the wildlife refuge there on a couple of occasions.

It is easy to get to on the road between Santa Cruz and Cochabamba with plenty of accommodations nearby.

Thank you for your great web site on Bolivia!

David and Lin

Oct 22, 2013
by: Anonymous

its ok I would like the pictures though

May 24, 2013
by: Anonymous

Thank i had some searching and this helped thank you.
You're very welcome!
Bella :D

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