- 11.5 million
- Spanish, Aymara, Quechua, Guarani and 33 other native languages
South America’s poorest nation happens to be one its richest in terms of attractions, natural resources and travel experiences. There’s culture aplenty with South America’s biggest indigenous population and an indigenous, socialist president. The locals can be a bit guarded towards westerners, which is not surprising given the history of foreign invasion and repression. Don’t expect capitalist standards of customer service – the Bolivians staunchly resist consumerism and have been extremely protective of the exploitation of their natural resources. But it’s also one of the cheapest places to visit in South America making it damn good value if you can stomach perilous bus rides and dodgy hygiene practices.
Horse ride in the wild west country where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid met their demise, wander in wonder at the witch market in La Paz, mountain bike the so-called World’s Most Dangerous Ride, get ravaged by mozzies in the jungle, or visit the world’s biggest salt plain with its impressive Dali-esque landscapes. Plus, Spanish lessons here cost less than a coffee at home.
To summarise: GO!