These days it can seem as though there is nowhere unique left to explore. If you are feeling jaded about travel and wondering where is left to go to, then unique Bolivia should be your next travel destination. Despite being the road less traveled, Bolivia is a unique, charming destination you should consider visiting.
The Lack of Global Chains
If you are fed up seeing the same shops and restaurants everywhere you go, then Bolivia will be a big relief to you. For a start, this is one of the few countries in the world where McDonald’s opened its doors, failed to impress the people and shut its doors.
The Bolivians appear to prefer home-made cooking in small, family-run restaurants to globally recognized fast food outlets. There are a few Burger King and Subway branches scattered across the biggest cities but even these tend to be quieter than you might expect. Eating out is popular here but most people prefer their food cooked the old-fashioned way. So be prepared to try typical Bolivian food in traditional-looking eateries. It is a very filling dish and one that should be enjoyed with your travel mates. peas, eggs, olives, raisins, potatoes, and other ingredients. An alternative is to try chicken changes which are soup with chicken, potato, peas, and green onions.
The same applies when you go shopping. Don’t expect to find the same old global fashion chains that you find everywhere else. There are some of these chains in the smart shopping centers in the big cities. However, most people seem to prefer going to the local market or buying from street vendors. Going shopping is a thrilling experience here, as you could find yourself rifling through piles of clothes in an open-air market, buying DVDs from a guy in the street or choosing your souvenirs from an old market with a tin roof where crowds of bustling shoppers flock.
The Unique Things to Do
Bolivia offers a number of things to do that simply can’t be found anywhere else. For example, there are other salt plains on the planet but none are as big or at as high an altitude as the stunning Uyuni salt flats. A multi-day tour here is likely to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
Equally, you can find mines in just about any country you go to. Few of them have the rich and tragic history associated with Potosi, though. This is where up to 8 million miners died as mind-boggling amounts of precious metals were scraped out in primitive conditions over several centuries.
Then there is the magical Lake Titicaca, the chaotic urban sprawl of La Paz, the most dangerous road in the world and the half-forgotten colonial cities like Camiri and Coroico. This country is filled with incredible places that feel very special. When you set foot in a city like Sucre or Tarija it doesn’t feel like anywhere else, not even like anywhere else in the same country.
These destinations are just a few examples of the unique travel experience to be discovered in Bolivia. It is far from the slick, commercial travel product you will find elsewhere. Travel here feels raw and real, from the bone-jarring bus journeys to the smiling faces of the impoverished local kids and the altitude sickness most travelers suffer from.