Bolivia has a couple of superb local markets worth exploring. La Paz has the witches market as well as the Plaza San Francisco, but one of the best is the local Sunday market of Tarabuco located outside Sucre. In Tarabuco you will find not the touristy things but trade between the locals which is a lovely insight into their way of life
There are 9 countries which border the Amazon rainforest and Bolivia’s in probably the most unique. Known as the Yungas, this is where the Andes meet the Amazon. Here you will find jagged, low lying mountains draped in rainforest and isolated Amazonian tribes. Lodges are extremely basic, but you come here for the other things in life.
Lake Titicaca is the mythical birthplace of the Inca Empire and as such the place is covered in history. The ancient ruins along its borders of Tiahuanaco are certainly worth some time, but it is the islands on the lake that you want to explore. Isla de Sol and Isla de Luna (Sun and Moon) are places trapped in the past, places that preserve their ancestry.
It is also the most indigenous of the South American countries with over 80% of the population being of direct indigenous descent. Native religions, dialects, clothes, music and medicines all form part of the daily life on the street. While the Spanish influence is strong in the colonial architecture, most notably in Sucre, Bolivia has remained close its roots.
Upscale hotels and international standard restaurants are hard to come by and the infrastructure may need some work, but the country’s charm lies in its people and the experiences you will have travelling through this beautiful country.
Time to travel:
There are primarily two seasons in Bolivia. The dry season is from May to October, whilst the wet season is from November to April. It is coldest during the months of June to September and wettest from December to March. The dry season is best for travel due to the better road conditions and generally sunny skies and warm temperatures during the day. Travel to most regions of Bolivia is certainly possible year round but you must be prepared to deal with the seasonal changes, all of which can happen in one day.
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