The Top 10 Sights of Bolivia

Travel to Bolivia completely without tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 sights of Bolivia! Which highlights and attractions should you not miss on your holiday in Bolivia?

Bolivia, in the heart of South America, is the most remote country in the Western Hemisphere. Fantastic lunar landscapes, incredible alpine regions, the highest lake on earth and a fascinating indigenous culture amaze every visitor.


Lake Titicaca

View of Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia - © flog / franks-travelbox
© flew / franks-travelbox

The world-famous Lago Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. The second largest lake in South America stretches all the way to Peru and is home to a number of islands worth seeing, where you can discover fascinating Inca ruins and ancient cultures.

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Salar de Uyuni

The largest salt lake in the world, the Salar de Uyuni is located in the southwest of Bolivia - © gaelj / Fotolia
© gaelj / Fotolia

The Salar de Uyuni also holds a world record. With an area of 12,000 square kilometres, it is the largest salt lake in the world. On its metre-thick salt crust, even buses and trucks can drive to the two islands, which are overgrown with metre-high columnar cacti. Other sights at the Salar de Uyuni are the railway cemetery, which is completely freely accessible, and the Palacio de Sal, a hotel made entirely of salt.

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Tiwanaku Ruin Site

The ruined site of Tiwanaku is, along with Machu Picchu in Peru, the most important site in South America built before Columbus landed, Bolivia - © Xenomanes / Fotolia
© Xenomanes / Fotolia

Tiwanaku is often referred to as Bolivia's Machu Picchu; it is one of the most important pre-Columbian sites in South America. The mystical cult site of the Aymara is located in the Bolivian Andes at around 4,000 metres above sea level and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. How steps, temples, walls and gates were built from the stone blocks weighing tons is still a mystery to science today.

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Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca

The Laguna Verde with the Lincancabur volcano, Bolivia - © Marcel Hurni / Fotolia
© Marcel Hurni / Fotolia

The two colourful lagoons on the border with Chile live up to their name. Minerals make the water of the lagoons shimmer in rich green and bright white. The Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca thus form extremely photogenic contrasts in the red-brown desert of the Bolivian Andes.


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Sol de Mañana Geyser Field

Deposits of copper, iron and other sulphates give the mountain flanks their colourful appearance, Geysers of Sol de Mañana, Bolivia - © Galyna Andrushko / Shutterstock
© Galyna Andrushko / Shutterstock

Sol de Mañana is the highest geyser field in the world. It is located very close to the Laguna Colorada, which is populated by flamingos, and impresses with its spectacular volcanic activity. The bubbling lava lakes, hot springs and geysers up to 50m high are at their best in the morning sun.

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Cristo de la Concordia

The second largest statue of Christ in the world stands on Cerro San Pedro in eastern Cochabamba, Bolivia - © Jess Kraft / Shutterstock
© Jess Kraft / Shutterstock

The huge Cristo de la Concordia statue in Cochabamba is the second largest statue of Christ in the world. With its height of over 40 metres, it surpasses the world-famous Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro by around 10 metres. The ascent to the statue of Christ takes 1399 steps and reveals a wonderful view over Cochabamba. On Sundays, "El Cristo" may even be entered, as there is another viewing platform behind his eyes.

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The city of Copacabana is Bolivia's base camp for excursions on and around the famous Lake Titicaca - © Richard Espenant / Shutterstock
© Richard Espenant / Shutterstock

Speaking of Rio de Janeiro: the "real" Copacabana is located on the shores of the famous Lake Titicaca. The town between Cerro Calvario and Cerro Sancollani actually gave its name to Rio 's world-famous beach. Copacabana is Bolivia's most important place of pilgrimage and its beach is similarly beautiful, but with annual maximum temperatures of 20°C, one can hardly speak of bathing weather.

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Sucre - the capital

With its old town full of magnificent colonial buildings, its pleasant climate and its many green spaces, Sucre is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Bolivia - © LINSMATEUS / Shutterstock
© LINSMATEUS / Shutterstock

Bolivia's capital boasts a wonderful old town whose magnificent colonial buildings have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A pleasant climate, many green spaces and fascinating markets make a visit to Sucre a must on a Bolivia holiday.


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La Paz - City in the Clouds

With its wealth of museums and markets and numerous excursion destinations, La Paz should be on every tourist map for holidays in Bolivia - © Pocholo Calapre / Shutterstock
© Pocholo Calapre / Shutterstock

Although Sucre is Bolivia's capital, the country's seat of government is in the middle of the Altiplano in La Paz. The "city in the clouds" thus claims the highest seat of government in the world. The abundance of historical buildings, interesting museums and worthwhile excursion destinations in its surroundings make La Paz an attractive base camp for tours to Tiwanaku, Lake Titacaca or the most dangerous road in the world.

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Potosí - Silver City

The silver town of Potosí in Bolivia was a minting centre for the Spanish in the 17th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - © milosk50 / Shutterstock
© milosk50 / Shutterstock

In the 17th century, Potosí was the treasure trove of the Spanish, as tons of silver were mined here and minted into coins on site. The wealth of that time brought the city at over 4,000 metres above sea level worldwide fame and magnificent buildings. Today, Potosí is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and still shows the hard life of the miners.

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