Bolivia is situated near the centre of South America. In western Bolivia, the majestic, snow-capped Andes Mountains surround a high, dry plateau. Vast lowland plains spread over the north and east. Tropical rain forests thrive in the northern part of the plain, and grasslands and swamps sprawl across much of the east. Largely hilly country lies between the Andes Mountains and the lowland plain.
La Paz is the world’s highest capital, situated 3600m above sea level. With the air so thin travellers can often experience giddiness when they first arrive.
Once you’ve taken in the markets, museums, temples and atmosphere of the capital, hit the road to Copacabana, less than two hours’ drive away. This is the main town on vast, island-speckled Lake Titicaca, which stretches into Peru and is revered as the birthplace of the Inca Empire.
The climate in Bolivia varies greatly from region to region. In the Andes Mountains, snow covers the highest peaks the year around. The rainy season in most parts of Bolivia lasts from December through February.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
CAPITAL: La Paz
POPULATION: 9.2 million
LANGUAGE: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +591
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -4