For lovers of raw, native nature, few countries in the world can top Bolivia. The home to the Uyuni Salt Flats also has some of the best rock climbing in South America and a landscape in the Valle de la Luna that looks like nothing else on Earth. Though you’ll find a bustling, cosmopolitan capital in La Paz, you won’t find anything even remotely overpriced — a big reason why this country has become such a hit among backpackers.
Check out some of Bolivia’s best landscapes before planning your trip, and decide whether you want to see the red rocks and vast canyons of Tupiza. Or visit remote villages in the foothills of the Andes, like Samaipata. You can also get out on the largest body of navigable water in the world, aka Lake Titicaca, or venture into the Amazon basin from Pantanal. Bolivia is still home to a large Indigenous population, and the further you get into the country the more of their culture you’ll experience. It’s a slice of South America that still feels untouched from the outside and an ideal destination for those who like things a little rough around the edges.