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Salar du Uyuni in Bolivia

Experiences

A Land of Contrasts in Bolivia

The relatively unexplored landscape of Bolivia remains a mystery to many. Home to the world’s highest navigable lake, the largest salt flat, and the highest altitude capital city, Bolivia is a mesmerising country of natural beauty. As the birthplace of many Andean cultures, discover the magic of Bolivia’s rich culture, and preserved ancestral traditions.

When to go:
April – October

Straddling the border between Bolivia and Peru, the expansive Lake Titicaca is an astonishing natural wonder and just one of Bolivia’s enchanting locations. Marvel at the vastness of glistening, deep blue water stretching across the horizon, surrounded by enticing islands and towering snow-capped mountains. As the birthplace of the mysterious Inca empire, Lake Titicaca is a sacred sight awash with this unique culture and remarkable history. Discover a plethora of fascinating archaeological sites, drink water from the sacred fountain, and learn the magical Incan legends of the Sun God. Set sail onto these immeasurable waters to visit Isla del Sol, hike the abundant picturesque trails, and absorb sensational views of Lake Titicaca from various unique perspectives.

At a breath-taking altitude of 3,600 metres sits La Paz; Bolivia’s enthralling capital city which is surrounded by lofty Andean Peaks. Overcrowded, deeply chaotic, and brilliantly vibrant, La Paz is not to be missed. Explore the bustling city streets, encounter Aymara locals, marvel at the colourful street art, and sample local delicacies. La Paz’s unique aerial public transport system provides a sweeping tour of the vivid city. Taking this swift cable car across the entire city provides an insight into each unique neighbourhood. Moving you over school playgrounds, high-rise office blocks, and plush outer-city homes, you will gain a true insight into the enthralling life of this diverse and alluring city.

For the ultimate adrenaline experience, cycle the iconic ‘Death Road’, a 60km route that descends 3,500 metres into luscious jungle vegetation. The narrow road clings to the cliffside, twisting and turning with obstacles including fog, landslides, and cascades. This is one of the most adrenaline-pumping experiences available and provides some of the most incredible views.

Possibly Bolivia’s most famed attraction and one of the world’s finest natural wonders, the immense Salar du Uyuni is a mesmerising and riveting landscape. Travelling in specialised 4×4’s, leave the road behind, replacing it with the endless expanse of the salt flats that stretch across the horizon. This sensational landscape abides by two seasons; wet and dry, with both providing different, yet equally memorable experiences. During the wet season, the flooded plains produce a beguiling mirror-like effect through reflections of the sky. By contrast, the dry season creates crystallised salt and a pure white backdrop allowing for ample photography opportunities manipulating perspective and depth of field. Whichever season you choose, PELORUS will provide exceptional and unique experiences to accompany.

Spend time exploring the immense salt flats by 4×4, foot or fat-bikes, venturing out into the open, without another soul in sight. Drive or hike to the summit of the Thunupa volcano, considered sacred by the surrounding local communities. At 4,600 metres, you will gain spectacular views of the salt flats that dominate the landscape below. By evening, stay in the only hotel, where six exclusive, luxury domes blend perfectly into the landscape. Delight in sundowners as the sun transforms the colour of the sky and the wet salt flats magically reflect to create a vivid crimson image. After dinner, you will experience the beauty of a clear night sky, with stars shining brighter at this altitude due to no light pollution.

Travel off the typical path into Bolivia’s lesser-known wilderness, the Amboró National Park. This abundant nature reserve boasts exotic wildlife including idle sloths, enigmatic puma and rare spectacled bears. The dense flora and vegetation make for excellent hiking trails as you walk among giant ferns and cascading waterfalls. Take a helicopter flight out of the jungle and over the sparkling city of Santa Cruz, before landing at the foothills of the Andes mountains to explore the small charming town of Samaipata. Translated from Quechua as “Rest in the Highlands,” this tranquil town is the perfect place to end your journey, as you are welcomed by friendly locals and beautiful surroundings.