The City of La Paz and its surroundings can transport you to a mysterious past where any corner, any street, is a hidden treasure where adventure begins; a living history which treasures the pre Hispanic times with all their traditions and magic rites on its streets. The indigenous, colonial and modern areas, Indian Market, Witch Doctor's Market & breathtaking panoramas are all framed by the majestic "Illimani" mountain. The Moon Valley is a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon.
SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA
Located on the eastern tropical plains, Santa Cruz is well known for its unusual species of animals and exotic birds, as well as for the Butterflies centre of Guembe. Luxurious hotels, restaurants and nightclubs offer a wide variety of entertainments. Mennonites and Japanese settlements, as well as some ancestral ethnic groups give a special flavour to this area. At only one and a half hour drive from Santa Cruz, you reach the ruins of Samaipata, where you can see strange carvings on a giant rock representing a snake and many other enigmatic figures. The Jesuit Missions are an example of the jungle conquest and local tribe's religious conversion achieved by the Jesuits.
UYUNI SALT FLATS
The otherworldly Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia are the largest on Earth, comprising miles and miles of dazzling white nothingness. Active volcanoes, hot springs and a palette of color-splashed lakes populated by hardy flamingos punctuate these landscapes of blindingly bright salt plains and stunning deserts…The noise of silence makes the heart beat faster and the surreal pentagons of crystalline salt will make you feel that there is no place like this in the whole world.
Emerging from blue sapphire waters and surrounded by the Royal Range of the Andes, the “Sacred Lake of the Incas” has been always one of the most important life sources of the Andes, impelling the development of many ancestral cultures. A most fantastic experience is to meet authentic cultures living as they did thousand of years ago, close to Mother Nature, without challenging or hurting her; to walk in the solitude of the islands; to enjoy the hospitality of our natives and to learn from their traditional life. The Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca is a promise to the future and a joy for everybody who explores its sacred waters and its hidden treasures.
Sucre is a living expression of colonial times. The Cathedral, churches and cloisters, the second oldest University in South America, San Francisco Xavier, as well as the University Museum offers fine examples of anthropological remains. On Sundays one can visit the Tarabuco Market, full of colour, antique weavings and traditions, admiring the traditional costumes, which preserve their identity, as well as antique weavings displayed all over. The historical city of Bolivia-Potosi; It is said that “Cerro Rico”, -in the hub of the city-, produced so much silver during the Colony, enough to could have build a solid silver bridge from Potosi to Madrid. Silver and tin mines can be visited. Other important places are The Cathedral, the Church of San Francisco and the “Casa de la Moneda” (Royal Mint).
In Oruro, history, legends, traditions, religion and cosmovision hold hands giving life to the most important folkloric expression of the Andes. Music, color, movement and the religious syncretism of thousands of dancers inspired by the faith and devotion to the "Socavon's Virgin", astound visitors.
These are the magnificent ruins of Bolivia and one of the oldest civilizations in the Americas. The Sun Gate, the Temple of Kalasasaya and the Pyramid of Akapana are the sample of a glorious past. Tiwanaku culture was an agrarian based economy with an estimated population of 115.000 inhabitants. The state controlled agriculture produced the surplus wealth to support the urban centre and administrative system. They were outstanding in agriculture, hydraulic, architecture & medicine, as well as in social organization. Close to Tiwanaku is “Puma Punku”, also part of Tiwanaku, which truly startles the imagination. It seems to be the remains of a great wharf on Lake Titicaca and exposes stones over 440 tons. Due to an economical crisis caused by a long dry season, Tiwanaku collapsed around 1.050 AD. UNESCO has declared Tiwanaku “Cultural Heritage of Mankind”.