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Welcome to BOLIVIA - Andes & Amazonia

Exploring the Heart of South America since 1984

Bolivia is a premier adventure travel destination. The fifth-largest country in South America, it is one of the most inaccessible, roadless countries in the world. Here, between two ranges of the Andes mountains that tower over 23,000 feet, lies the altiplano (a high mountain plateau).

Without air travel, it would be almost inaccessible. Bolivia ranges from the spectacular Andean peaks to dense Amazonian rainforest.

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In a continent of extremes, including the largest rain forest and highest deserts, Fremen Tours Bolivia's experience and firsthand knowledge make us the best choice for arranging your vacation in the heart of South America.

Our professional travel consultants live and travel extensively in Bolivia. We specialize in customized independent and group travel in the Andes and the Amazon River Basin.

We pride ourselves on attention to detail. Accommodation is especially chosen for its character, historical connections and of course for the warmth of welcome, whether it be a comfortable city hotel or remote jungle lodge.

Restaurants are selected for fine food, atmosphere and good service. Our preferred guides combine a depth of knowledge with a friendly approach that perfectly complements our range of original and unique itineraries.

Check for our selected NATURE & WILDLIFE EXPEDITIONS around Bolivia, including :

• 4WD Expeditions • Amazon Rivers • Amazon Frontiers • Hikes & Treks • Jungle Lodges • National Parks • Rainforest Walks • Wildlife Viewing • Birdwatching Expeditions •

Check for our selected CULTURAL EXPEDITIONS around Bolivia, including :

• Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu • Arts, Crafts & Textiles • Archaeology • Colonial History • Native Peoples • Andean Spirituality • Indigenous Festivals •

  • BOLIVIA

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South America

First of all... Where is Bolivia?

Bolivia is located in the heart of South America.

Standard time zone : GMT/UTC –04:00.

Boundaries : Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay to the southeast, Argentina to the south, Chile to the southwest and west, and Peru to the north and northwest.

Capital : La Paz (administrative capital) with approximately 2.4 million inhabitants. Sucre is the constitutional capital.

Main Cities : La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Oruro, Sucre, Potosí, Tarija, and Trinidad

Population : 10 million inhabitants distributed over 1,098,581 square km (more than twice the size of Spain, more than 30 times that of Belgium, equivalent to the size of Chile and Ecuador combined), which represents a population density of less than 10 inhabitants per square kilometer!

Amerindians (primarily Aymaras and Quechuas) represent 52% of the population. Mestizos represent 27% and white criollos 21%.

Languages : Spanish, Aymara, Quechua and Guaraní, as well as various native languages.

National Holiday : August 6 (Declaration of Indepen-dence), a holiday throughout Bolivia.

Currency : The Bolivian peso, referred to as the Boliviano (Bs), American Dollars ($US).

Maximum/Minimum Altitudes : 6,542 meters (21,458 feet), the snow-covered Mount Sajama. 100 meters (330 feet), Bañados del Izozog.

Climate : Tropical on the eastern lowland plains and jungles, temperate in the middle altitude valleys, and cold and dry in the Andes highlands and on the Altiplano (although it gets warm during the day).

Seasons :

Dry season – From June through October (Southern Hemisphere Winter). Most visitors choose this period for their visit. The air, however, is quite dry and temperatures plummet in certain regions of the Andes.

High precipitation season – Most of the yearly rainfall falls between November and March (Southern Hemisphere Summer). Bolivia’s beauty is enhanced in this period. Rainfall or no, one can travel throughout the year over most of the country’s improving highways.

Intermediate seasons – Considering the characteristics of both dry and wet seasons, transition periods (April-June and September-November) are, in our opinion, the best times to visit Bolivia.

Unique Nature

Scientists and environmental groups worldwide agree that Bolivia is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. There you will find various branches of the Andes high altitude mountains and glaciers, the vast Altiplano plateau that include rivers and lakes (eg. Lake Titicaca & Poopo), the arid and frigid deserts in the south-western region, the world's largest salt flat (Salar de Uyuni), cloud forests in the transition areas of the Andes, semi-tropical and tropical forests from the highland valleys to the eastern lowlands of the upper Amazon basin, vast tropical forests in the northern regions and the scrub forests and deserts of the Chaco in south-eastern Bolivia.

Unique Cultures

Equally impressive are the vestiges of the pre-Columbian civilizations and the Tiwanaku temples on the Altiplano, as well as the opulent cities of the Spanish conquerors and the living cultures of today’s indigenous peoples. Bolivia has the largest indigenous population in the Americas, giving the country a distinctly South American flavor. Only 60 to 70% of the people speak Spanish, frequently as a second language. In some regions, you'll more likely hear the indigenous Quechua or Aymara languages.

And Unique Expeditions!

Bolivia has Inca trails, jungle tours, ancient music, handicrafts, birdwatching, fishing, mountain climbing, sailing on Lake Titicaca, exploring tropical valleys, Spanish colonial towns, and interesting archeological sites. All that, as well as colorful markets, native women in bowler hats and flared skirts, quaint villages, incredible mountain scenery and the world's largest salt lake. Being in Bolivia is like stepping back in time 300 years.

In this context, we consider travel and tourism as a superb opportunity to actively participate in the conservation of Bolivia’s natural and cultural attractions, and to contribute to the sustainable socio-economic development of the local populations we visit, which by extention should benefit the whole country.

Experience lands of contrasts, ancient cultures and traditions; relax to the sound of parrots on a palm fringed tropical garden or on the main plaza of an old colonial city; walk on the roads used by the imperial Incas; explore remote rivers and canoe to the hill tribe villages of the upper Amazon basin...

Experience sunrise at the sacred islands of Lake Titicaca; see amazing wildlife in the jungles of the Andean foothills; follow the classic pre-Columbian route through Lake Titikaka to Cusco and Machupicchu; stay in an exotic hotel made of pure salt in Uyuni Salt Flats; wake to stunning Andean vistas in Sud Lipez...

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