Landlocked Bolivia lies in the southern half of South America. It is bordered to the north by Brazil, to the west by Chile and Peru and to the south and east by Argentina and Paraguay.
The Bolivian Altiplano is a high plateau that encompasses the Cordillera Real, the Andean range with peaks over 6,000m offering fabulous trekking. Teams may also visit the Highland Valleys east of La Paz, the Yungas, the jungle lowlands of the Amazon Basin, the expansive Salt Flats of the South or the Eastern Lowlands, the gateway to the diverse Amboro National Park. These contrasting environments make Bolivia an excellent school trip destination for a team that not only wants to trek at altitude and head into the jungle but also wants to appreciate one of the strongest indigenous Indian cultures in Latin America.
Bolivia expedition Teams can either arrive in or depart from La Paz or Santa Cruz, and therefore thoroughly experience the geographical diversity of the Bolivia’s beautiful terrain. Bolivia is one of the more adventurous destinations in South America, and anyone who joins an expedition to this fascinating country, will remember their experience for many years to come.
BOLIVIA EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your Bolivia expedition:
To ease yourself into it, one of our most popular acclimatisation treks starts from La Paz and heads down through the Yungas to the sleepy hilltop town of Coroico. Acclimatisation is vital in Bolivia due to its high altitude. La Paz is the world’s highest capital city.
Making a Difference
Our projects in Bolivia enable teams to work alongside local communities to experience Bolivia’s culture and way of life first hand. Many groups work on housing projects for families in need, or the renovation of orphanages and hospitals. Teams can also assist on rural school projects in the Coroico and Lake Titicaca areas.
Bolivia Project Case Study –
Eradicate sub-human housing in El Alto, La Paz
World Challenge has been working with Habitat For Humanity Bolivia for several years completing successful projects in various areas of Bolivia. Alongside professional tradesmen, one team has recently helped a family build their home. This gave the team a sense of achievement and tangible results.
Last year, we worked on 4 different projects sites in 4 different areas of Bolivia, focusing on housing and renovating schools and orphanages. We are now involved in 7 projects, and in 2014, we will double our impact working on 16 projects across the country.
The trekking possibilities in Bolivia are unrivalled in South America. Teams may choose to enjoy a range of spectacular vistas of mountains, glaciers and lakes as they trek along the Cordillera Traverse’s high-altitude trails. Keen climbers can scale Pico Austria, and take in uninterrupted, panoramic views from its 5,335m summit.
Alternatively they may decide to tackle a trek that starts off in the high Altiplano before dropping down into the fertile valleys of the Yungas.
Rest & Relaxation
After a fairly exhausting itinerary there are a number of options for a period of rest and relaxation and a chance to see some of Bolivia’s more unusual sights. From Lake Titicaca, which is the highest navigable lake in the world, you can explore the Island of the Sun, which is where the Incas believe their empire originated. In the South, a tour of the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, is an amazing and eerie experience.
- Bolivia, South America
- Population: 10.4 million
- Languages spoken: Spanish, Quechua and Aymara.
- Time zone: GMT -4-5
- Terrain: Mountains, jungle, lakes, cloud forest, altiplano, salt flats.
- When can I travel there?: May-Sep.
- Climate: Winter (May-Oct) offers its dry, clear days and cold nights. Summer (Nov- Apr) is the rainy season when overland transportation can be very difficult, and temperatures very humid in the tropical lowlands.
- Expedition Physical Rating: Moderate to high
- Expedition Duration: 21 to 28 days
- Culture Shock: High
- Typical accommodation: Local hostels and tents.
- Ideal for: Adventurous high altitude trekking.
- Bolivia is the world’s only landlocked country to have a Navy which patrols Lake Titicaca!
- The altitude has a large effect on how you feel – take things easy!
- Bolivia is South America’s most indigenous country with over 60% of the population claiming indigenous heritage.
Javier Hinojosa is our contact in Bolivia and has over 10 years of experience working for World Challenge. He is extremely passionate about our ethos and personally sources all of our projects.
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- Destination and itinerary planning
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