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51 weird + fun things to do in Bolivia | Bolivia

Things to do in Bolivia - Tours of Salar de Uyuni

You don’t always hear great things about Bolivia. The transport is described as dismal, the tourist highlights start and end with the Salar de Uyuni, and it’s often called “Pollivia” to indicate its culinary homogeny. We may not have expected much from Bolivia, but we were just next door in Peru, so we figured we would give it a chance. We tend to love the places everyone hates anyway, and couldn’t imagine Bolivia would be that bad!

The trip started on a high note with endless views from Isla del Sol, but the fun things to do in Bolivia that really won us over were the chorizo sandwiches, wrestling Cholitas, and retro arcades. The South American underdog is surprisingly fun to travel around, and grew to become one of our favorite countries during our three week stay. If you like candor and everything quirky, Bolivia is totally worth the trip. Here are our favorite fun and unique things to do in Bolivia:

51 fun + unique things to do in Bolivia

Very Bolivia Experiences

1. Take in views of the city from the top of the teleferico (La Paz)

2. Explore the collection of antique and indigenous instruments at the Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia (La Paz)

3. Scoop poop for an animal conservation project in the Amazon (Coroico)

4. Check out the high knockers and patron saint statues at Metropolitan Cathedral of Sucre  (Sucre)

5. Visit the ornate tombstones and mausoleums of the Sucre General Cemetery  (Sucre)

Things to do in Bolivia - Sucre General Cemetery6. Explore the white-walled city of Sucre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Sucre)

7. Travel outside of the city for the day to witness the range of local costume at the Tarabuco Market  (Sucre)

8. Venture onto the Salar de Uyuni on a 4×4 tour (Uyuni)

Things to do in Bolivia - Salt Flats Tour9. Plummet deep underground in the Potosí salt mines (Potosi)

10. Take the train across an unusual Bolivian landscape (Everywhere)

Eating Bolivia

11. Load up your choripan with a world of pickled vegetables (La Paz)

Things to do in Bolivia - Choripan12. Sample ethnic food at one of the many Vietnamese, Greek, and Italian restaurants (La Paz)

13. Shop produce and locally made cheeses in Mercado Central  (Sucre)

14. Grab a salteña – a sweeter take on a beef empanada – for breakfast (Sucre)

Things to do in Bolivia - Eat Salteñas15. Spend the day at the park for fried foods, dino-themed swings, and some hilarious children’s rides  (Sucre)

16. Eat Bolivia’s surprisingly delicious bread from a local panadería (Sucre)

17. Order up a heaping plate of BBQ from one of the street stalls (Uyuni)

18. Sip a cup of api – a spiced corn drink – with your breakfast (Sucre)

Things to do in Bolivia - Eat Street Food19. Feast on street burgers and hotdogs (La Paz)

20. Head to Red Monkey Cocina Consciente on Sunday for a decadent, 10-course vegan tasting menu (La Paz)

drinking Bolivia

21. Spend the day sampling Bolivia’s best craft beers at Saya Brewery (La Paz)

22. Grab drinks at the eclectic Diesel Nacional (La Paz)

23. Imbibe in each city’s regional beer – Potosiña, Sucreña, etc. (Everywhere)

Things to do in Bolivia - Drink Local Beer24. Drink a chuflay – Bolivia’s national pisco cocktail (Everywhere)

25. Work on your footwork with a free salsa lesson at Joy Ride  (Sucre)

Adventures in Bolivia

26. Hike across the treeless Isla del Sol for spectacular views of Lake Titicaca (Copacabana)

Things to do in Bolivia - Hike Isla del Sol27. Venture outside of La Paz to explore the moon-like Valle de la Luna (La Paz)

28. Explore the trains going nowhere at the Great Train Graveyard (Uyuni)

Things to do in Bolivia - Great Train Graveyard29. Venture into the jungle for one of the least expensive Amazon experiences in South America (Amazon)

30. Fearlessly conquer one of the most fun things to do in Bolivia – the Death Road – by bicycle (La Paz)

Things to do in Bolivia - Cycle the Death Road31. Go searching for ocelot in Amboró National Park (Santa Cruz)

32. Observe flamingos grazing on brilliantly covered algae inside Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve (Uyuni)

Things to do in Bolivia - Flamingos at Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve33. Get a view of the Dalí Desert on a Salar de Uyuni tour (Uyuni)

34. Wake up to a sunrise over the lunar landscape of Sol de Mañana (Uyuni)

Salar de Uyuni Tour - Sol de Mañana

Bolivia events + festivals

35. Purchase miniatures of everything you desire to ensure next year’s success at the Alasitas Festival (La Paz)

36. Travel to Lake Titicaca to celebrate Virgen de la Candelaria (Copacabana)

37. Witness the carnage at Tinku – the brutal fist fight festival (Macha)

38. Welcome the returning dead at Todos Santos (La Paz)

keeping Bolivia weird / just because

39. Spend the night inside a giant seashell in Las Olas (Copacabana)

Things to do in Bolivia - Stay in Las Olas Hotel40. Paddle across Lake Titicaca in a recycled swan boat (Copacabana)

41. Spectate a Cholitas Wrestling match in El Alto (La Paz)

Cholitas Wrestling - Take Down42. Get your exercise in with a few rounds of Dance Dance Revolution at the retro arcades (La Paz)

43. Pass through the intriguingly-named-yet-somewhat-stupid Witches Market (La Paz)

44. Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs (sorta) at the Dinosaur Dance Floor  (Sucre)

Things to do in Bolivia - Visit the Dinosaur Dance Floor45. Hop on a retired Japanese school bus for a quite organized local transport experience  (Sucre)

46. Marvel at the impressively slow internet connection (Everywhere)

47. Relive your favorite scenes from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Tupiza)

48. Spend the night at a sweet salt hotel (Uyuni)

Things to do in Bolivia - Stay in a Salt Hotel49. Travel into Chile overland at the end of your Salar de Uyuni tour (Uyuni)

50. Join the locals in getting fit at a Zumba class (Sucre)

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