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Bolivia Holidays & Tours

Bolivia is weird. Everything about this land-locked country in the heart of the continent is out of the ordinary. Reminiscent of the surreal inventions of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, it’s the kind of place where you start taking the strangest things for granted.

The minute you arrive in La Paz, you realize this is no humdrum conventional city. The airport, at over 4000 m above sea level, is the highest in the world. So high, in fact, that incoming flights almost have to ascend to land. The capital is one giant street market, where indigenous women in bowler hats and voluminous skirts will sell you everything you could possibly need – from a pair of designer jeans of questionable authenticity to a dried llama foetus. These grotesque objects are burned and used along with incense, bits of wool, grease and coca leaves in white magic ceremonies and to rid houses of evil spirits.

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Bolivia’s strange curiosities are not confined to La Paz. Only a few hours north is Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, which gave birth to the Inca empire. In the southwest of the country, near a train graveyard, is the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s highest and largest salt lake – 12,000 sq km of blinding white nothingness. South of the salt lake is a Salvador Dali landscape of deserts, volcanoes, bizarre rock formations, bubbling geysers, peculiar green plants and a blood-red lake filled with flamingos. East from here is a hollow silver mountain, dinosaur footprints, villages where annual festivities revolve around ritualized fights and national parks that are so isolated they’re almost impossible to get to.

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