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BOLIVIA

Landlocked Bolivia is as diverse as it is inspiring. Outside the cosmopolitan streets of La Paz, ancient tribal customs and traditions breathe life. With such a variety of fauna such as flamingos and pink river dolphins, and an astounding myriad of landscapes with stark expanses of salt flats and deep jungle, Bolivia was made for those with a heart for adventure.

Bolivia has been inhabited for approximately 3,000 years by various indigenous tribes, around 36 of which survive today throughout the country. The Tiwanaku civilization, whose capital shares their name, held dominance until the Inca arrived in around the 15th century. After conquering the Inca in the 16th century, the Spanish amassed vast wealth in silver found all over Bolivia.

In the 19th century a 16-year bloody civil war brought independence to Bolivia. Wars with Chile and political instability raged through the 20th century, including the death of iconic Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara in 1967. Now, Bolivia enjoys a progressive democratic government increasingly sensitive to the needs of indigenous people, yet is still one of the poorest countries in South America.

The topography of Bolivia is as complex as its past. Along with thick humid jungle throughout, Uyuni offers a nearly limitless plane of stark white salt flats. La Paz, a city atop the Altiplano, is the highest-elevation capital in the world at more than 12,000 feet. The craggy spires and rugged canyons of the Valley of the Moon create a barren, moon-like expanse: all these features and more create a patchwork of landscapes perfect for myriad adventures.

Bolivia is a land of contrasts. Whether exploring its complicated post-colonial history, or catching a glimpse of the rare spectacled bear while hiking the Andes Mountains, Bolivia’s varied wonders are sure to enrapture. The words of John Steinbeck could have described Bolivia’s impact on an adventurer: “People don’t take trips, trips take people.” 

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A Quest for Luck in Mystical La Paz

Meet a Bolivian shaman and uncover the ancient spirituality that endures in La Paz.

This video was first published on BBC.com Travel. Produced by Aric S. Queen.

This video was first published on BBC.com Travel. Produced by Aric S. Queen.

Bolivia's Subway in the Sky

Bolivia's new mode of transportation is a point of pride for its citizens.

Produced by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky and Poh Si Teng

©2014 The New York Times

Altiplano

Soar above the luminous landscapes of Chile's Atacama Desert and Bolivia's Altiplano Plateau.

Produced by Ignacio Palacios

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Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

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Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

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Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

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Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

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Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

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