Tourism in Bolivia




Bolivia has multiple natural and man-made tourist attractions. The Andes, which cross Bolivia, are the highest mountain range outside Asia, and the longest exposed mountain range in the world. Bolivia's seat of government, La Paz, is the highest seat of government city in the world at 3,660 metres (12,010 ft). Lake Titicaca is one of the world's highest commercially navigable lakes, and home to the Uros, a pre-Incan people who live on artificial floating islands on the lake. The Inca civilization and other pre-Columnbian civilizations left ruins that still exist into the 21st century, including the Temple of Kalasasaya. Yungas Road, one of the most dangerous roads in the world, attracts thousands of cyclists and thrill seekers every year. The city of Potosí is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is claimed to be the highest city in the world at 4,090 metres (13,420 ft). The city is also the site of silver mines that produced fabulous wealth for the Spanish Monarchy; 45,000 tons of pure silver were mined from Cerro Rico from 1556 to 1783. The Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat at 4,085 square miles (10,580 km2). Madidi National Park contains the upper Amazon River basin and is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi, a Bolivian NGO that works in defense of animal rights and the environment, maintains three wildlife centers throughout Bolivia where volunteers can work closely with wild animals, such as spider monkeys, jaguars and exotic birds.