Bolivia is an ideal playground for hikers of all levels. Its landscape characterized by reliefs mountainous, plateaus, lagoons, volcanoes and canyons offers prime destinations for this sport.
the stay of backpackers on this territory can start with the Altiplano. Spreading over approximately 1,500 km in length, this plain is part of the Andes mountain range. With an altitude of 3,300 m, it is the highest inhabited region in the world, behind Tibet. It is made up of vast expanses of desert like that of Atacama as well as mountains of volcanoes. The climate of the place is known to be arid, with wind and rain from December to March. Rare are the fauna that have been able to adapt to these conditions, to name only chinchillas, vicuñas, alpacas, llamas and foxes.
Globetrotters will also be able to encounter a large concentration of pink flamingos that come to breed in the region’s salt lakes.
The famous Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
After one Trek on the Altiplano, theadventure travelers can continue to the Salar de Uyuni. This salt ice is the largest in the world, with a surface area of approximately 10,000 km2. It is located in the southwestern area of the country.
Formerly, it formed Lake Tauca which has dried up. Backpackers will have the opportunity to explore this desert in a car as several tracks are available to them. In addition, the Uyuni salar is renowned for its high concentration of exploitable lithium representing 5.5 million tonnes. The site is, moreover, the object of covetousness of the government and certain multinationals. Other than that, one of the area’s attractions is the hotel built mostly out of salt.
There is also Incahuasi, a very popular tourist destination. It is a hill dotted with candelabra cacti, some of which reach 12 m in height. From this island lost in the desert, hikers will have a panoramic view of the entire expanse of the Salar de Uyuni.
Sajama National Park in Bolivia
To complete their travel tailor-made in Bolivia, globetrotters can visit Sajama National Park. This nature reserve in the northeast of Oruro is part of the Andes mountain range. It is located between 4,200 and 6,542 m above sea level. Its climate is characterized by cold and drought. Despite these conditions, a fauna typical of the puna finds refuge there, there are 27 species of mammals, 2 species of fish, amphibians and reptiles in low numbers.
The avifauna is also present there with 72 species of birds listed, most of which are threatened such as the suri, the parina grande and the picidae. In addition, the park is home to a stratovolcano from which it takes its name, Nevado Sajama. This Mountain of lava located at an altitude of 6,542 m is the highest point for a stay in Bolivia. It is an ideal site for trekkers. Note that it is possible to climb it, only in the tourist season, passing through its ridges to reach its Mountain peak.
How to equip yourself for a stay in Bolivia?
A travel in Bolivia does not improvise in the choice of its equipment. To help you not forget anything, we have put several checklists online:
This base will allow you to plan your trip to Bolivia.
What temperature for my sleeping bag? What volume of backpack? How many pairs of shoes? …
Many questions that we discuss with our customers when equipping themselves for their travel. Each trip is unique, and we strive to offer personalized advice.