Land locked Bolivia offers breathtaking scenery from the mountain tops of the Andes to the famed Uyuni Salt Flats. Be prepared for high altitude as even the capital sits at nearly 12,000 ft.


Visited in September/October of 2015. Our time in Bolivia was broken up into two parts.

The first time we entered the country from Peru near Copacabana on Lake Titicaca. We spent 2 nights on the Isla del Sol before continuing on to La Paz. In La Paz we met our guide for a 5 day Condoriri Mountain trek. Upon our return to La Paz we took the bus to Arica, Chile.

The second time we entered Bolivia was from Chile on the road northeast of San Pedro de Atacama, this time as part of a 3 day Uyuni Salt Flat tour that starts in San Pedro and ends in Uyuni. We then flew back to La Paz to catch our flight to the US.

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca – Puno to Copacabana via Tourist Bus
Detailed account of crossing the border via tourist bus.
Catching the Ferry to Isla del Sol
Isla del Sol
A visit to the island including a day hike across its spine, from Challapampa in the north to Yumani in the south.
Palla Khasa Eco Lodge, Yumani, Isla del Sol
An isolated eco-lodge behind the ridge above Yumani.
Tourist Bus from Copacabana to La Paz, Bolivia
An adventurous bus ride where both the passengers and the bus have to separately cross a branch of the lake by ferry.

Condoriri Mountain Trek

Amazing high altitude scenery with a not so great trekking company.

Bolivian Journeys – First World Prices, Third World Service
This review of the trekking company we used also includes an overview of the hike.

Day 1 – Acclimating at the Trailhead
Day 2 – Trailhead to Laguna Chiar Khota
Day 3 – Climb to Pico Austria
Day 4 – Laguna Chiar Khota to the Maria Lloco Camp
Day 5 – The Hike Out

La Paz

Sleeping and Dining in La Paz
Visiting La Paz on Election Day
Totally different vibe on election day from the normal bustling streets.
La Paz by Gondola
Seeing the city by gondola should be on everyone’s itinerary.
La Paz to Arica, Chile on Pullman Ayca International
Another bus border crossing. Best to do this one as early in the morning as possible.

Uyuni Salt Flat Tour

The 3 day Uyuni Salt Flat tour can be done out of Uyuni, but you can also use it as transportation between San Pedro de Atacama in Chile and Uyuni in Bolivia. A great way to see the highlights of the Altiplano Desert.
San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni with Cordillera Traveller – Day 1
San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni with Cordillera Traveller – Day 2
San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni with Cordillera Traveller – Day 3
Review Cordillera Traveller Uyuni Salt Flat Tour

Sleeping and Eating in Uyuni, Bolivia