The Best Itinerary to Visit Bolivia in 3 Weeks - Travel Guide

Are you looking to visit new destinations in Latin America? Well, let me tell you that Bolivia is one of the countries that boasts a variety of traditions, cultures, and above all, a unique navigable lake in the world. Today, I'll provide you with the best itinerary to visit Bolivia in 3 weeks.

I'll tell you everything here, sharing some of my experiences during my trip. I hope they help you enjoy the favorite places this beautiful country has to offer, whether it's the stunning landscapes or the people who make the place so appealing.

Travel Guide to Visit Bolivia in 3 Weeks

In this travel guide, we will detail various sites to visit, but before that, let's delve into why you should visit Bolivia.

Why Visit Bolivia in 3 Weeks?

It's true that there are many destinations to explore, but going to Bolivia is like connecting with the ancient Inca civilization, learning a bit more about their languages Aymara, Quechua, and mostly Spanish.

You can also explore the different islands on Lake Titicaca or visit the famous Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat that offers a unique landscape, among other places that I will explain below.

Best Time to Plan My Trip to Bolivia The best time to travel to Bolivia is during the dry season, which runs from April to October. During these months, it usually doesn't rain, allowing you to comfortably visit various attractions.

For example, you can visit the Salar de Uyuni, explore the cities, follow the jewelry route, climb the Tunupa volcano, among other sites that are unique to Bolivia.

Day 1: Santa Cruz, Bolivia

On the first day, we arrive in the city of Santa Cruz, situated at an altitude of 400 meters. During this day, we can explore various tourist attractions in the area, known for its diverse activities that allow you to disconnect from routine and relax to the fullest.

What to See and Do in Santa Cruz?

Here are 6 places you must visit in Santa Cruz:

Where to Eat?

As I mentioned, these are places you must visit because the dishes served here are excellent.

Mercado Nuevo: For breakfast, they offer masaco, fried cuñapé, mashed batido, locro, or liver scramble (a famous dish), among others. The cost of the dishes ranges from 10 to 20 bolivianos.

Los Agachados: One of the most famous places in Santa Cruz, located in front of the Pirate Plane, offering a variety of typical dishes. It's actually different food stalls that have been there for over 30 years.

Las Patillas: A restaurant preparing traditional Santa Cruz dishes in the traditional way, operating for 35 years. Known for its unique flavor and quality, the house special is Patasca, which you won't regret trying. It is located on Charcas Street, on the 1st Ring.

El Aljibe: A restaurant-museum specializing in presenting typical regional dishes, recreating the flavors, aromas, and sensations of Santa Cruz. Another place where you'll want to order more than one dish because they are all delicious a perfect place to come back to.

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Day 2: Explore Samaipata

After a few hours of travel, we head to Samaipata, where we have the opportunity to visit the archaeological site "El Fuerte," a location with Inca archaeological remains of ceremonial-religious, social, and economic significance.

What to See and Do in Samaipata?

The town is very charming, welcoming, and tranquil. You'll notice its touristy atmosphere due to its tourist appeal. When you arrive, visit the beautiful square surrounded by trees, characteristic carvings, and especially its streets that still retain their original architecture.

Another delightful treat you can find here is the delicious fried cuñapés filled with cheese, perfect to accompany with a cup of coffee. I encourage you to explore all the streets, interact with the charismatic locals.

Visit the El Fuerte archaeological site, a destination frequented by many tourists. Along the way, you'll enjoy a beautiful view of the mountains, wildlife, and more.

This attraction is carved into a massive stone, featuring representations of pumas, jaguars, and notably, two vertical channels, suggesting a religious purpose. You'll also see a wall built by the Incas, showcasing the distinctive work of the two pre-Inca and Inca cultures.

Additionally, there are agricultural terraces and other structures evident in El Fuerte.

Where to Eat?

After visiting El Fuerte, head to La Víspera farm known for wine production, where you can also find a variety of plants. If possible, you can stay overnight and enjoy delicious local dishes.

Where to Stay?

As I mentioned, there are several options in the square, including various houses offering accommodation for an overnight stay in this town.

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Day 3: Return to Santa Cruz

The next day, we head back to Santa Cruz, and during the journey, we can appreciate the nature that covers this beautiful area. I recommend making a stop and heading to the Cueva de Samaipata or the Cueva Centro Ecológico.

What to See and Do on the Way to Santa Cruz?

Another gift it offers is its natural waterfall known as the Cueva Centro Ecológico, where you can stroll by the waterfalls, rent horses, and pay an entrance fee of 20 bolivianos.

As mentioned before, the beauty of this place lies in its waterfalls, with varying heights. At the second waterfall, you'll notice a cave at the very back of it, perhaps why the site is called the cave. However, I assume there are more hidden caves around.

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Day 4: Sucre, Bolivia

After visiting the waterfalls, we continue our journey to the city of Sucre - the constitutional capital, offering a variety of attractions and things to do.

What to See and Do in Sucre?

Where to Eat?

To taste the local cuisine, visit the Central Market and try the delicious chorizo chuquisaqueño, mondongo, salteñas, chocolates from Saboada, and other specialties sold in the market. If you're unsure where to eat at night, you can come to the evening dining area until 11 pm in the same location.

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Day 5: Potosí to Uyuni

The city of Potosí has a rich history, once being the largest and wealthiest city in the world during a certain period. Explore its streets and savor its delicious food. Travel from Potosí to Uyuni.

What to See and Do in Potosí?

Where to Eat?

If you're in Potosí, you must visit some gastronomic spots like El Palacio de la Kalaphurka, where they serve a boiling dish with a volcanic stone at the base, giving it a special effect.

It costs 15 bolivianos and is located on Camargo Street, next to the General Cemetery. You can also go to the main Plaza 10 de Noviembre, where they sell the best traditional salteñas in Potosí.

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Day 6: Uyuni, Bolivia

On this day, we board 4x4 vehicles to begin our journey, visiting the Train Cemetery. Once in Uyuni, we head to our pre-booked accommodation or find one in the town. Now, I'll tell you about some things you can do in this place.

What to See and Do in Uyuni?

My Recommendations

Day 7: Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

After visiting Uyuni, we head towards Villamar where we'll rest, and the next morning, we'll go to Laguna Colorada. It boasts a magnificent landscape with waters tinted in shades of red.

What to See and Do at Laguna Colorada?

Laguna Colorada is located in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, and the astonishing feature of this site is the reddish-brown hues of its waters, sometimes displaying other colors.

Here, you can capture incredible photos; the landscape itself is magical. You'll also encounter lagoons, flamingos, llamas a place of exceptional beauty that you shouldn't miss.

Where to Eat?

I recommend having breakfast and lunch in Villamar, as snacking options may be limited in these areas.

My Recommendations

Day 8: Aguaquiza, Bolivia

After visiting Laguna Colorada, we head to the town of Aguaquiza, making stops at various sites along the way.

What to See and Do in Aguaquiza?

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Day 9: Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia

Today, we enter the Salar de Uyuni, one of the world's largest salt deserts located in Bolivia. It promises one of the best experiences.

What to See and Do in Salar de Uyuni?

Once in Salar de Uyuni, you can take as many photos as you want. Visit Isla Incahuasi, where you can see stromatolites and bacteria.

Where to Eat?

As mentioned before, if you are traveling independently, consider bringing your own supplies and plenty of water since there are no towns along the way.

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Day 10: Tunupa Volcano, Bolivia

It's a spectacular place, and along the way, we encounter a mysterious and incredible location. The journey to Tunupa Volcano will also be enchanting, but it requires physical endurance as the entire path is uphill until reaching the summit.

What to See and Do in Santa Cruz?

On the way, you'll see the Cave of the Mummies, which housed a series of petrified mummies, making it an important center. Heading to Tunupa Volcano, you'll witness sparse vegetation, dried algae, cacti of a certain size, and more.

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Day 11: Sabaya, Bolivia

This place will captivate you as it allows us to cross the Chilean border to Sajama. We'll see a variety of attractions that will undoubtedly surprise you.

What to See and Do in Santa Cruz?

My Recommendations

Day 12: Sajama, Bolivia

Our days so far have been long, but I carry beautiful memories with me. While some moments appealed to me more than others, I must repeat the journey because Bolivia's immense landscape hides several mysteries.

What to see and do in Sajama?

Where to eat?

If you are traveling independently, you should bring your own supplies as some visited places are inhabited but do not offer services to tourists. If you are traveling with an agency, they will take care of providing meals.

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Day 13: Heading to La Paz, Bolivia

After an extensive journey, we now head to La Paz, where we can explore various tourist attractions along the way.

What to see and do in La Paz?

My recommendations

Day 14: Tiwanaku Archaeological Site, Bolivia

Today we have arrived in La Paz, Bolivia, and now we visit the Tiwanaku Archaeological Site, an essential location. Later, we head to Lake Titicaca, passing through the Copacabana mountain range.

What to see and do in the Tiwanaku Archaeological Site?

Where to eat?

You can have lunch in the village of Sampia and stay overnight.

My recommendations

Day 15: Island of sun, Bolivia

We are now in our last days of the trip and will visit Isla del Sol. But first, we must reach Copacabana, where you'll find several agencies to take you to this attraction. Later, we head to Pilkocaina.

What to see and do on Isla del Sol?

Where to eat?

There are various restaurants, and crowded ones usually indicate good food, with costs ranging between 50-53 bolivianos. You can check the menu options offered.

Where to stay?

If you want to stay on Isla del Sol, there are hostels and small hotels in Yumani, a touristy area, or you could go to Challampampa, a less-visited site, but the village is welcoming.

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Day 16: Coroico, Bolivia

On this day, we travel to Coroico, which offers us an extreme adventure of biking, taking us to the infamous "Death Road" and more.

What to see and do in Coroico?

Many cyclists practice their sport here, and so far, there have been no major accidents. The entire path showcases the jungle itself.

Where to eat?

Preferably, dine in the city of Coroico, as it might be challenging to find any type of food along the way.

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Day 17: La Paz

After our perilous adventure, it's time to decide what to do in La Paz, one of Bolivia's largest and most important cities. Take advantage of visiting some places you might have missed.

What to see and do in La Paz?

Where to eat?

Notice the sign on the door that says, "Here, where yesterday is today." Not trying their traditional dish is a sin, as it consists of chicken pieces, french fries, and a soft drink.

Another gastronomic destination is the popular Bolivian Cuisine restaurant, where they prepare delicious local dishes worth trying, such as vegetable escabeche, chicken pipián, beef timpu, and other dishes.

There are various places to taste Bolivian dishes; it's just a matter of searching and finding a good spot.

Where to stay?

There are several places to stay, one of them being La Posada de la Abuela Abdulia, a very cozy place with a good atmosphere and a hearty breakfast. I recommend this place; I liked it.

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