Home to 10 million, Bolivia is a highly diverse country, with two main prevalent indigenous populations, Quechua and Aymara, as well as many people of Spanish and other European descent. It also has a broad variety of landscapes, from jungle to highlands. There is access to the Andes, salt flats in the southwest, the Pantanal and its Amazon basin connection, and Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable freshwater lake in the world (which it shares with Peru). Bolivia is one of the least expensive places to visit in South America, and as such, sees a large contingent of backpackers.
During Carnival, Oruro is filled with traditional dancing and masks that occupy the streets for days. Near La Paz, visitors can rent a mountain bike and ride down the “Most Dangerous Road in the World.”
Matador’s got articles on the indigenous languages of Bolivia, hiking, climbing, ideas about how to spend your next Carnival, and expat life in Bolivia.
To find out about some of the languages you could learn, how to access the Salar de Uyuni, and even what the Bolivian cure for a hangover is, have a look at some of the articles below.