Located at 11,811 feet (3,600 meters) above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital in the world and a city of stunning architectural beauty and colourful contrasts. In short, La Paz is a melting pot of the past and present, men and women still walk around wearing their colourful and traditional indigenous clothing, yet skyscrapers and suits accompany them.
Potosi has had various accolades attached to it over the centuries; situated 4,070 meters above the sea level makes it the highest city in the world, in 1650 it was the most populated city in the world with more residents than London or Paris. All of this was due to silver which has been excavated from its mines from as far back as 1623 and is still continuing today.
During the colonial days in Bolivia Sucre was known as "Paris of the Americas." It was a city of extreme wealth and fine arts. Many of these wealthy individuals owned mines throughout the region and lived in Sucre because of the better climate conditions. Because of this wealth, Sucre attracted some of the finest arts and culture. Ornate churches and elegant mansions were built famous architects and talented artists arrived.
The Bolivian Amazon is actually better known as the Yungas. This is where the Andean mountains meet the Amazon and steep low lying hills are covered in the jungle canopy. The main area of interest is the Madidi National Parklocated 4 hours by motorised canoe up the Beni River. Here you will find; caiman crocodile, anacondas, pink dolphins, capybaras, monkeys, giant ant-eaters, toucans, and many other bird species.
Located in Northern Bolivia on the high plateau or ‘Altiplano’ is Lake Titicaca. The Altiplano has an average altitude of 4,000 metres, which makes the lake, at a size of 8,300 sq km, the highest navigable lake in the world. The small town of Copacabana is full of Bolivian character, with narrow dusty streets and a colourful market.
The Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest and highest salt desert sitting at an altitude of 3,650 meters above sea level. This amazing salt desert covers 4,200 square miles which is about 25 times bigger than the Salt Flats in Utah and is surrounded by high Andean peaks. To stand in the middle of this amazing place is an experience like no other.
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