Bolivian Glimpses

This week I share with you glimpses of one of my favourite countries, Bolivia.

#Bolivia, #SouthAmerica, #Copacabana, #Sucre, #Rurrenabaque, #LakeTiticaca, #SalardeUyuni

To share a few snippets of incredible countries, the glimpses series started with Chile in South America and then continued with Burmese glimpses, Italian Glimpses, and English Glimpses.

These short, sharp travel posts are designed to provide you with just a morsel, a small taste of a country that you may not have visited. Have you explored any of the countries that I’m sharing? I would love to hear about your experience, so share your comment below.

1. Salar de Uyuni 

Bolivia’s expansive salt flats Salar de Uyuni is a destination that tricks the eyes and mind. A surreal landscape fusing the sky with the earth.

Salar de Uyuni, #Bolivia, South America

Accessible by 4WD from Tupiza or the town of Uyuni, journey through 3 days of sublime and memorable panoramas that captivate your mind and heart.

2. Rurrenabaque

If your spine survives the 14-hour bone-shattering road from Trinidad to Rurrenabaque (Rurre) – one of the worse bus rides I have ever experienced – you’re rewarded by living inside a wildlife documentary.

Squirrel monkey, Pampas, Rurrenabaque, Rio Yacuma, Bolivia, South America
Squirrel monkey, Pampas, Rurrenabaque

Rurre is the jump point for jungle treks into the remote Amazon’s Madidi National Park, but also the Pampas to hunt for the elusive freshwater pink dolphin, infamous beast-swallowing Anacondas, or fish for the man-eating but tiny piranha fish. Sounds appealing?

3. Sucre

Bolivia’s ancient capital Sucre is a delight. Surrounded by soaring mountains and nestled in a valley of just over 2,800 metres above sea level, this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site city emanates charm and peacefulness.

Medicine man, Sucre, Bolivia, South America
Medicine man, Sucre

Watch Shamans perform their mystical craft in a colourful market while wandering around the stunning white-washed architecture in the renowned “white city”.

4. Copacabana, Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca’s dry southern shores snuggle Copacabana (Copa) between two hills – Mount Calvario and Mount Niño Calvario.

Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, Bolivia, South America
Going home…

With expansive shimmering lake waters reflecting on this small town, Copa exudes a breath of tranquillity and respite from the chaos of La Paz. A picturesque small lake town, Copa is famous locally and internationally for religious festivals, hosting numerous fiestas throughout the year.

Where in Bolivia?

#Bolivia, #SouthAmerica, #Copacabana, #Sucre, #Rurrenabaque, #LakeTiticaca, #SalardeUyuni
Map: Google

Want to see more photos of Bolivia or read more about this amazing country? Check out more posts on Bolivia.

Would you prefer more detail about each destination? Enjoy this post? Are there enough photos?

What country would you like to visit with me next? If I’ve been there, I’ll publish a post just for you, so leave me a comment.

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23 responses to “Bolivian Glimpses”

  1. Liesbet @ Roaming About Avatar

    Hey Nilla,

    How were you able to stay in Bolivia for 2.5 months? Or was that over a period of time with multiple entries? I thought you could only stay one month as a visitor, but maybe it’s nationality dependent.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Liesbet
      For some reason, your comment landed in my trash folder – WP can be frustrating at times.

      Not multiple entries, but a good 10 weeks travelling through Bolivia. I was in Bolivia in 2011 and back then, it was a 90-day visa on arrival for Australians. Not sure about other nationalities. I’ve just looked up the rules and it appears that this may have changed. As an Australian, I can only stay up to 30 days without a visa, and then I need to re-apply before your 30 days expire. However, I read that you can’t exceed 90 days in one year – maybe this depends on nationality? This is my post on the border crossing from Argentina to Bolivia. Also, it was quite relaxed on the Bolivian side and the friendly immigration officer just stamped our passports with a 90-day visa. Maybe it also depends on whether you arrive overland or by air. I also remember with Argentina and Chile, we could crisscross the border and a new visa would start ticking over.
      Hope the info helps.


  2. Priti Avatar


    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you, Priti!

      1. Priti Avatar


  3. Pilgrimage Studio Avatar

    What beautiful snaps!! Thank you for this glimpse of Bolivia! 😊

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thanks, Beth for your kind words and glad you enjoyed the images of Bolivia.Spent around 2.5 months in this amazing country and would love to return.

  4. Toonsarah Avatar

    Bolivia is high on our wish list (it was a toss-up between there or Colombia this year!) and your photos only make me want to visit more, especially the ones of the Salar de Uyuni and Sucre 🙂

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      It’s a hard choice if you only have a limited time. Check my posts on Bolivia for some places to see as we were there for 2.5 months.
      Only got to Letitia, during an amazing trip to the Amazon’s tri-border (Colombia, Peru, Brazil) and like an outpost. Not many tourists go there, in fact I don’t remember seeing any, but that was in 2011.
      Would love to visit Bolivia again.

    2. Toonsarah Avatar

      We tend not to travel for more than three weeks or so at a time so we’d have to make some tough choices – or stay longer!

      1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        That would be an easy choice for me… 😉

  5. Monkey's Tale Avatar

    We were lucky to spend a month and a half in Bolivia this past fall. It has so many diverse and incredible landscapes spread in a relatively small country. We were in Uyuni in dry season, so didn’t get the mirror refection like your beautiful picture. Maggie

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Maggie
      I was there in 2011 for 2.5 months so had an amazing time but could have easily stayed longer.
      Thank you for your kind words and I have more images in this Uyuni post. My site’s above banner is from Uyuni and the 2 people are friends. Sadly, the female friend in the photo passed away a few years ago.
      Just popped over to your blog to check out more Bolivia posts, but comments are closed so I can’t comment on your Bolivia posts. 🙁
      Take care

  6. equinoxio21 Avatar

    Bolivia always sounds appealing. One of our best friends is from Bolivia.
    (And those saimiri monkeys are little devils aren’t they?)
    Are you still in Japan?

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      I absolutely loved Bolivia and we spent 2.5 months there – would definitely return.
      Those monkeys weren’t cheeky and particularly elusive. The monkeys in SE Asia are much cheekier and can be quite aggressive.
      Yes, still in Japan until the 36th of April. 😉

      1. equinoxio21 Avatar

        2.5 months? That’s quite a while. enough to get a feel of the land.
        Yes, I remember monkeys in Cambodia. Fairly aggressive. Personally I dislike monkeys. Did you read my post “The monkey incident”?
        36 of April? Which year? 😉

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Yes, it was part of the almost 10 months in South America and had an amazing time!
        I think I did read your monkey post but just wen to your site and couldn’t find it this time. Was it 2020 or 2021? Warning – I have a bad memory! 😉

  7. Yetismith Avatar

    Your brilliant photographs give me a small tasting of a country I know I would have love. The wild animals (bar petting a caiman) and the colourful people, gorgeous scenery. Might even have endured the bus, years ago! Friends I travelled with on the little red ships fell in love with it all and took work from the company, so they did many of those trips. I would have travelled on the ship up the Amazon but time and money were lacking. I love the faces with their rosy cheeks. Much like the Tibetans.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you, Carolyn! I know you’d love Bolivia as there’s so many amazing sights and activities. Also, locals are lovely albeit very poor but always smiling.
      I particularly love the different types of Bowler hats worn. 😉

  8. Lookoom Avatar

    I had the chance to make several trips to Bolivia to visit very different areas, such as the missions of Chiquitania, which are still a little off the beaten track compared to the rest of the country.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      That sounds like intriguing travel. When was the last time you were in Bolivia?

      1. Lookoom Avatar

        My last visit to Bolivia was just before the pandemic, in February 2020, I was in La Paz.

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Lucky you! I haven’t visited since 2011 although spent 2.5 months there and loved it!

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