Central + South America Bolivia Cultural festivals, ancient civilisations, colourful street markets, blinding-white salt plains Intriguing, welcoming and still very unspoiled – little has changed in its way of life for centuries and its remnants of ancient civilisations ask as many questions as they answer – Bolivia holidays are wonderful for more adventurous travellers. From its high plateau and the remotely beautiful Lake Titicaca to its peaceful savannah wetlands, great swathes of steaming jungle, and the blinding-white salt lakes, crimson deserts and volcanoes of the South-West, this is a truly bizarre and spectacular country. Its capital, La Paz, crammed with colourful street markets, ringed by soaring peaks and set at an altitude of 3650 metres will literally take your breath away. We think that, for less adventurous travellers, Bolivia’s poor infrastructure and isolation mean that it often works best to combine a visit there with some time in either Peru or Chile Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. The Hat Lady Elizabeth visited Bolivia and Peru on a photographic and textile research trip that we put together for her. Arriving in La Paz she stayed at the very stylish Hotel Casa Grande where she could comfortably acclimatize to the altitude. Find out more THE TRAVESIA EXPERIENCE: CHILE TO BOLIVIA Leslie Martin and a group of her girlfriends planned a trip to the Chilean Atacama desert and Travesia into Bolivia; they were completely taken aback with the luxury accommodation, the huge array of activities in the desert and the spectacular Travesia into the Bolivian Altiplanos. Find out more Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Palacio de Sal High amidst the Andean mountains, surrounded by a sea of white in the Salar de Uyuni is Palacio de Sal, the hotel is made entirely of salt. The building has been constructed of salt blocks, fused together by a mixture of water and of course, salt which when bound together create a strong cement like substance. Despite its unusual building substance, the hotel has all of the basic amenities, making for a unique experience. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. SALT FLATS OF UYUNI The Uyuni Salt Flats are a renowned across South America, but always seems a place completely beyond reach. Travellers return with tales of unimaginable vastness, of dazzling brightness reflected from the speckled ground, of optical illusions from lagoons depicting mountains and intriguing rock formations that appear to defy gravity and instil wonder upon any onlooker. Find out more LA PAZ Bolivia may not be the most luxurious destination in South America but it has a unique and traditional culture which can give a real insight. Spend some time in the colourful capital visiting markets, excellent museums and with your personal guide get off the tourist trail for your own extraordinary adventure. Find out more Location We know Bolivia better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Bolivia Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go The best time to visit Bolivia is when the weather is at its mildest and least rainy in the Andes and on the altiplano during the months of April through September.Bolivia tends to work well in combination with neighbouring Peru or Chile. Meet the Team Central + South America Johnny Milly Chris Sarah We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.