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Where to travel in Bolivia

[ 0 ] October 6, 2011

Bolivia is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in South America. Not only is it home to the Amazon Basin and the beautiful salt flats, it’s by far the cheapest country to explore.

Read on to see which are the best places to visit in Bolivia – and don’t forget to let us know your plans on Twitter or Facebook!

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Test your nerve on Death Road, Bolivia

1) La Paz

Travelling from Peru? Most backpackers bus it straight to the capital, La Paz.  Here you can test your nerve on Death Road, book the salt flats tour and party hard 24/7.

2) Rurrenabaque

Swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon! Book the Pampas Tour from La Paz and head north up to Rurrenabaque for a 3-day canoe trip. Highly recommended.

3) Sucre

Sucre is a pretty city to explore if you’re heading south. Fancy a giggle? Hop onboard the dinosaur bus for an unusual afternoon at Parque Cretacico. Afterwards sip coffee in one of the many sun-drenched cafes…

4) Potosi

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Don't miss the 3-day salt flats tour in Bolivia

Many travellers head to Potosi to visit the cooperative mines and experience the terrible working conditions that hundreds of men are forced to endure. There’s little else to see here so if you’re not keen on claustrophobic tunnels then you might want to give this one a miss.

5) Salar de Uyuni

Unmissable! You can book the salt flats tour from La Paz, Tupiza or Uyuni itself. See pictures of the salt flats here and start planning your trip today.

6) Tupiza

If you like horse riding and want to see some beautiful scenery then Tupiza certainly delivers. Check out our photo gallery here to see why we fell in love…

Looking for more things to do in South America? Check out what Peru has to offer and don’t forget to read our advice section for top tips on staying safe.

PICTURES: Tupiza, Bolivia

[ 0 ] August 5, 2011

Planning a trip to Bolivia? Tupiza is a great stop-off point for those who like galloping through the Wild West on horseback. Who doesn’t, eh?

Check out our photo gallery of Tupiza to get you in the mood…

See what else Bolivia has to offer, from Death Road to swimming with pink dolphins, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more travel updates.

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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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Swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon

[ 2 ] July 15, 2011

Fancy swimming with pink dolphins, hunting for anacondas and playing with squirrel monkeys? Book the Pampas Tour in Bolivia and enjoy an action-packed adventure in the Amazon.

Local guides will take you on a fascinating journey through Santa Rosa National Park where you’ll experience wildlife at its most natural.

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Local guide points out the wildlife on the Pampas Tour - Pictures of the Pampas Tour - Fabulous Travel Guide

What to expect

You’ll leave Rurrenabaque and travel through the Amazon on a motorised canoe. Watch out for howler monkeys swinging through the trees,  hawks swooping overhead and snakes slithering into the water.

You’ll also get the chance to swim with pink dolphins, hunt for anacondas and fish for piranahs. During the evenings relax in hammocks, play on the rope swing or watch the sunset with a cold beer (pictured below).

Sunset on the Pampas Tour in Bolivia - Pictures of the Pampas Tour - Fabulous Travel Guide

Sunset on the Pampas Tour in Bolivia - Pictures of the Pampas Tour - Fabulous Travel Guide

Booking your tour

A 3-day adventure booked through Honey Tours costs from 700bs (£60) and includes 2 nights’ accommodation in a jungle lodge and food. This doesn’t include park entrance (150bs) and transport to Rurrenabaque (80bs bus one way from La Paz). You may also need to stay in Rurrenabaque on the final night. We stayed at Residential Jabon and it was only 20bs.

Looking for things to do in South America? Don’t miss the stunning Colca Canyon and if you love a good hike make sure you sign up for the Lost City trek in Colombia.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Sol de Mañana geyser basin

[ 0 ] July 13, 2011

Planning a trip to Bolivia? Don’t miss the stunning Sol de Mañana geyser basin – a geothermal field of intense volcanic activity and thermal springs.

Sol de Manana Geyser basin - Salt flats tour, Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Sol de Manana Geyser basin - Salt flats tour, Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Like what you see? Check out more beautiful photos and see what else there is to do in South America! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for more updates!

PICTURES Salt flats tour, Bolivia

PICTURES Salt flats tour, Bolivia

[ 0 ] July 11, 2011

Planning to do the salt flats tour in Uyuni? Check out our photo gallery and see what to expect – you’ll be blown away!

PICTURES Salt flats, Bolivia - Photos of Salar de Uyuni

Planning a trip to Bolivia? Don't miss the beautiful salt flats in Uyuni, Bolivia. See pictures of the salt flats, lagoons and active volcanoes.

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Looking for more things to do in Bolivia? Death Road in La Paz is an awesome adventure if you like to feel the adrenaline pumping. Get travel tips and advice by following us on Twitter!

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Visit the world’s largest salt flats in Bolivia

[ 1 ] July 10, 2011

Planning to travel through Bolivia? Visit the world’s largest salt flats and explore the 12,106 sq km playground that attracts backpackers from all over the world.

The isolated landscape, which was formed when prehistoric lakes dried up to leave layers of salt, is a jaw-dropping sight. The flat surfaces stretch as far as the eye can see, made all the whiter by endless expanses of bright blue sky.

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Salt flats tour, Uyuni - Pictures of the salt flats in Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Booking your tour

Tours can be booked through La Paz, Uyuni or Tupiza and cost around 250bs (£22) for one day. A three-day tour costs from 750bs (£66) and includes 2 nights accommodation, transport in a 6-person jeep and food.

As well as the salt flats, you’ll see active volcanoes, eye-popping lagoons (including Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde) and the stunning Desierto de Siloli.

Sol de Manana Geyser basin - Salt flats tour, Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Sol de Manana Geyser basin - Salt flats tour, Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

You’ll end the tour with a trip to Sol de Manana (pictured above) to observe the geyser basin at sunrise – a strangely eery sight that is like nowhere else on earth.

TOP TIP Pack warm clothes! The salt flats are perched 3653m above sea level and temperatures plumet to below freezing at night.

See more pictures of the salt flats in Uyuni and see what else there is to do in Bolivia – from Death Road to visiting the working mines.

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Staying safe in South America

[ 0 ] July 7, 2011

South America is a fantastic place to travel around but you’ll need to have your wits about you if you’re travelling alone.

Read our top tips for staying safe while backpacking around Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

Staying safe in South America - Tips for staying safe - Fabulous Travel Guide

Staying safe in South America - Tips for staying safe - Fabulous Travel Guide

* Never travel at night

It’s always best to travel during the day – especially when crossing borders or arriving in busy bus terminals. This gives you time to find a hostel and get your bearings.

* Make sure your taxi is authorised

Look for the driver’s I.D and agree a price before you get in.  Lock the doors once you’re inside – it’s not unheard of for muggers to jump in next to you at traffic lights.

* Don’t carry an expensive handbag

Be wary about getting money out in public places and use an inexpensive bag that you can wear across the body so it’s not as easy to snatch. Take enough money for the day and leave your passport and wallet in the hostel.

* Be careful where you withdraw money

Where possible, withdraw cash from inside a bank. Cloning cards is a common occurance in some places so avoid using cashpoints in dodgy areas and don´t go near them at night.

*Don´t fight back

If you´re unlucky enough to be targeted by thieves, stay calm and cooperate. Never resist or fight back and give them everything they ask for. Don´t be clever by giving them the wrong pin number – it’s simply not worth it.

* Cover up

It’s fine to wear tiny shorts to the beach – but make sure you dress respectably in large towns and cities. Otherwise you’ll attract unwanted attention – not something to be doing when you’re travelling alone.

* Don’t leave valuables in your backpack

You’re usually asked to leave your backpack under the bus on long journeys so carry anything of value  (such as passport, wallet, credit card etc) with you. Don´t put your bag under the seat as it can be taken (or cut open) when you’re sleeping. The best thing to do is put your passport and cash in a money belt under your clothes.

*Trust your instincts

Look around you – if shops are boarded up and there’s not much street lighting, leave immediately. Even in broad daylight you are an easy target. Don’t wander into quiet areas on your own and if you ever feel vulnerable get straight in a taxi.

TOP TIP Some girls carry pepper spray with them for protection. It may seem a little extreme but if you’re getting hassled by anyone it will give you time to make a swift exit.

Planning a trip to South America? Find out how to bag cheap flights and  get tips on crossing borders safely. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates!

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Volunteer at an animal sanctuary in Bolivia

[ 0 ] July 2, 2011

Looking for volunteering opportunities in Bolivia? Parque Machia, 3 hours from Cochabamba, is a small animal sanctuary that needs volunteers on a regular basis.

The park, which is part of the Inti Wara Yassi organisation, specialises in small cats, spider monkeys, tejons and birds. Travellers can turn up any time without prior notice and start the next day – the only catch is that you must stay a minimum of two weeks.

Volunteer at Parque Machia in Bolivia - Inti Wara Yassi - Fabulous Travel Guide

Volunteer at Parque Machia in Bolivia - Inti Wara Yassi - Fabulous Travel Guide

It costs 1,400 bs (£124) and includes basic accommodation with shared bathrooms. Food is not included but the cafe serves super cheap food and there are plenty of places in town.

What to expect
Early starts and long hours! Some days you’ll start at 6.30am and work until 6pm. Typical duties include feeding the animals, cleaning out cages, cutting up fruit and lugging sand bags up to the Mirador.
Work at Inti Wara Yassi in Bolivia - Volunteering in Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Work at Inti Wara Yassi in Bolivia - Volunteering in Bolivia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Unfortunately you can’t choose which animal you work with. You’ll be placed wherever is needed. However, those who sign up for a month are more likely to work with a cat or monkeys.

What to wear

There’s a second hand clothes shop on site selling cheap t-shirts and trousers. Anything you wear will be ruined after a couple of days so wear your oldest clothes and hire wellies (10bs)! Socks, t-shirts, toothpaste, toilet roll etc can be bought in Villa Tunari, just over the bridge.

Looking for more things to do in Bolivia? Try Death Road in La Paz and don’t miss the incredible salt flats! Get more travel tips and advice by following us on Twitter!

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Visit the dinosaur park in Sucre, Bolivia

[ 0 ] June 29, 2011

Planning a visit to Sucre? Don’t leave without hopping onboard the dinosaur bus for an unusual afternoon at Parque Cretacico.

Enthusiastic guides greet you at the gates and take you up to museum where you’ll see the impressive titanosaurus scultpure and over 5,000 dinosaur tracks on the limestone wall of Cal Ork’o.

Parque Cretacico - Dinosaur Park in Sucre - Fabulous Travel Guide

Parque Cretacico - Dinosaur Park in Sucre - Fabulous Travel Guide

It’s thought there are at least 8 species and 462 individual tracks so make sure you take your camera!
See over 5,000 dinosaur footprints on the limestone wall of Cal Ork'o in Sucre

See over 5,000 dinosaur footprints on the limestone wall of Cal Ork'o in Sucre

Tickets cost 30bs (£2.70) and you can catch the dino bus from the main plaza (17bs return). They leave regularly throughout the afternoon, the last at 2.30pm.

Looking for more unique things to do in Bolivia? Visit the working mines in Potosi or visit the salt flats in Uyuni.

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