Tourism in Bolivia

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View of huge Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt lake[1]

Bolivia is a country with great tourism potential, with many attractions, due to its diverse culture, geographic regions rich history and food.

Gate of the Sun, Tiwanaku
Waterfall in the Torotoro National Park
Mission San José in the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Bolivia were from the following countries of nationality:[2]

Country 2016 2015 2014
 Argentina 293,458 238,141 242,075
 Peru 271,046 293,466 314,119
 Chile 104,463 102,624 116,664
 Brazil 86,487 96,205 101,890
 United States 58,403 59,129 59,871
 Spain 37,626 34,066 33,967
 France 33,990 32,620 33,403
 Germany 30,238 34,159 30,182
 Colombia 29,575 24,314 25,560
 Paraguay 19,743 17,585 18,196
Total 1,177,455 1,131,441 1,180,450


In the country there are six World Heritages declared by the UNESCO:

  • The ruins of the city of Tiwanaku, one of the cradles of human civilization, and the oldest of all America as it existed for 27 centuries.
  • The city of Potosí, historical city by its religious and civic monuments, its streets, its people and of course, by its majestic and imposing Cerro Rico discovered the year of 1545, today become a national icon.
  • The Amazon, the great lung of the planet, a sanctuary for wildlife.
    • Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, representative place of the Amazon and its immense biodiversity, located on a large plateau, covered by vast forests and magnificent waterfalls.
    • Madidi National Park, the most diverse place in Bolivia, declared by National Geographic, one of the 20 best places to visit in the world.
    • Toro Toro National Park, where found paleontological wealth (thousands of dinosaurs footprints), caves, waterfalls, rock paintings and other places of interest are.
  • The Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos, the only active missions of all of South America.
  • The Fort Samaipata, the big rock carved by the Incas in the foothills of the Andes as the limit of his empire.
  • The Carnival of Oruro, a great festival where Catholicism is mixed with pagan.


Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake.

  • The Andes, the largest mountain range in the world spanning the entire continent, and has exceptionally attractive regions:
    • The highest ski slope in the world, called Chacaltaya.
    • The highest mountain in the country: Nevado Sajama, with the highest forest in the world.
    • The salt flats of Uyuni and Coipasa, the largest salt flats in the world.
    • Bolivia also is the only country in the world in having the only hotel totally fabricated of salt, found in the Uyuni.
    • The lakes Green lake and Red Lagoon, the sanctuary of the Andean flamingos with one of the largest active volcanoes in the world, the Licancabur.
View of footprints of dinosaurs in the Cal Orcko Cretaceous Park
  • The historic cities of:
  • The Madidi National Park considered by National Geographic as one of the imprescidibles places to visit in the world, is part of the circuit of tourism in Bolivia. It is characterized by being one of the most biodiverse parks, flora, and fauna as well as ecological levels as it goes from the perpetual snows to the Amazon basin and harboring ethnic communities in its territory.
  • The Noel Kempff Mercado National Park located in the department of Santa Cruz, on 13 December 1991 was declared a World Heritage Site. The camps Flor de Oro (the principal) and Los Fierros have tourist infrastructure.

In recent years, several scientific works, as James M. Allen, locate the lost continent of Atlantis in the Bolivian altiplano (specifically Pampa Aullagas, Oruro Department). These facts have led to a growing interest focused on the important archaeological riches.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Salar Uyuni" (in Spanish). 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Estadísticas por Actividad Económica. Turísmo

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