Author: Amanda Cox
Amanda Cox is a Canadian who works in international development and also dabbles in travel writing during her free time. She’s currently on a one-year placement in Sucre, Bolivia. She enjoys traveling the world and learning about different cultures while working with marginalized communities. South America is the 6th continent that Amanda has called home!
South America used to be considered a place that wasn’t common for tourists to visit, but it’s popularity has exploded in recent years with gap year students hiking in Patagonia (Argentina), digital nomads taking over Medellin (Colombia), and backpackers flocking to the infamous Machu Picchu.
After living in the centre of the continent (Bolivia) for 9 months, I would urge you not to skip it on your next South American adventure!
With delicious food, breathtaking hikes, amazing history, and festivals that go on for days, here are the best activities in Bolivia for thrill seekers!
What to do in Bolivia
In Bolivia, there is something for everyone! If you’re a thrill seeker interested in photography, you’ll want to visit the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni to see flamingos, coloured, lagoons, geysers, beautiful reflections, and a desert that expands in every direction. Hikers will love the diverse animal species (everything from birds to piranhas to jaguars) found in the northern tropical jungles.
Historians will enjoy the ancient town of Potosi was once responsible for producing over 50% of the silver in the entire world, where you can still visit the original mint and take a stick of dynamite into the mines. Culture loves will enjoy learning about local textiles at the Sunday market in Tarabuco (just outside of Sucre).
If you’re an adventure junky, you’ll have an epic time mountain biking down the infamous “Death Road” in La Paz. Take a chance and visit Bolivia, you’ll find something to love!
Once you’re in Bolivia, there are a few things to keep in mind:
The landscape is very diverse, so check the weather before you come! It’s currently about 30°C degrees and humid in Santa Cruz (near the Brazilian border) while it’s about -5°C at night in Uyuni (the deserts in the south).
Some places in Bolivia are at a high altitude (over 4000 metres above sea level). For thrill seekers, it’s recommended that you avoid alcohol and heavy meals before setting out on activities. Also, drink lots of water and avoid physical exercise until you feel better. Coca tea is legal here and really helps!
Spanish is the main language, but there are also over 36 indigenous groups. Make sure to explore the countryside to learn about some of the local cultures.
What sort of thrills do you look for when traveling to a new country? Share in the comments below!
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