#61 best destination in the world

Mi Teleférico

  • Aerial cable car urban transit system serving the La Paz–El Alto metropolitan area
  • The system consists of 26 stations and extensions are in planning or construction
  • First system to use cable cars as the backbone of the urban transit network
  • Planned in order to address a number of problems, including a public transit system that could not cope with growing user demands, the high cost in time and money of traveling between La Paz and El Alto, chaotic traffic with its subsequent environmental, noise pollution, and a growing demand for gasoline and diesel fuel, which are subsidized by the state

Valle de la Luna

  • Area where erosion has worn away the majority of a mountain, composed primarily of clay rather than rock, leaving tall spires
  • Because the mineral content of the mountains varies greatly between individual mountains, the sides of the mountains are different colors

Chacaltaya Ski Resort

  • The glacier on Chacaltaya served as Bolivia’s only ski resort, predicted to have melted completely by 2050, it disappeared in 2009
  • Was the world’s highest lift-served ski area
  • The rope tow, the very first in South America, was built in 1939 using an automobile engine; and is now inoperable
  • Guinness World Records considers the ski resort restaurant to be the highest restaurant in the world

Cristo de la Concordia

  • Statue of Jesus Christ located atop San Pedro Hill, accessible by cable car, or by climbing 2,000 steps
  • The statue is 112 ft tall and construction was completed in 1994

Tunari

  • Mountain in the Tunari mountain range of the Bolivian Andes, about 16,480 ft high

Biocentro Güembé

  • Resort offering a park which has 15 natural pools, including the Amboró pools and its water volcano that represent the Amboró National Park
  • The Espejillos pools, designed in the image of the pools of the tourist attraction Espejillos and children’s pools located in the Mini Club area

El Fuerte de Samaipata

  • Pre-Columbian archaeological site situated in the eastern foothills of the Bolivian Andes
  • The site is unique as it encompasses buildings of three different cultures: Chanè, Inca, and Spanish
  • Although called a fort, Samaipata had also a religious, ceremonial, and residential function
  • Its construction was probably begun by the Chané, a pre-Inca people of Arawak origin
  • There are ruins of an Inca plaza and residences, dating from the late 15th and early 16th centuries as the Inca empire expanded
  • Chané, Inca, and Spanish all suffered raids from Guarani (Chiriguano) warriors who also settled in the region
  • The Spaniards built a settlement at Samaipata fort, and there are remains of buildings of typical Arab Andalusian architecture
  • The Spaniards soon abandoned the fort and moved to a nearby valley, establishing the town of Samaipata in 1618
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cerro Rico

  • Mountain in the Andes popularly conceived of as being made of silver ore, is famous for providing vast quantities of silver for Spain during the period of the New World Spanish Empire
  • It is estimated that eighty-five percent of the silver produced in the central Andes during this time came from Cerro Rico
  • As a result of mining operations in the mountain, the city of Potosí became one of the largest cities in the New World

Cementerio de Trenes

  • Trains dating back to the 19th century left to rust in the extensive salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni
  • Contains a train alleged to have been robbed by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and has been called one of the most striking and haunting sights in the deserts of southwest Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni

  • World’s largest salt flat, or playa, near the crest of the Andes at an elevation of 11,995 ft above sea level
  • Formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes
  • Covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness
  • Following rain, a thin layer of dead calm water transforms the flat into the world’s largest mirror, 80 miles across
  • The Salar serves as a prime breeding ground for several species of flamingos

Laguna Colorada

  • Shallow salt lake close to the border with Chile
  • The lake contains borax islands, whose white color contrasts with the reddish color of its waters, which is caused by red sediments and pigmentation of some algae


Costs

Number of Days: 24 days

Best Time To Fly: April-May, Oct

Airline ticket: $1,409

Seattle -> La Paz (round trip) $1,230
La Paz -> Cochabamba (one way) $38
Cochabamba -> Santa Cruz de la Sierra (one way) $48
Santa Cruz de la Sierra -> Sucre (one way) $43
Potosi -> La Paz (one way) $50

Food: $9/day x 24 days = $216

Entertainment/tours: $243

Airbnb/hotel: $33/day x 22 days = $726

TOTAL: $2,594

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