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Posted on Monday 21 January 2013 in Scenic Beauty
While Brazil and Argentina tend to get most of the attention when it comes to South Americantourism, savvy Australians looking for their next holiday destination should consider heading to Bolivia.This charming country is one of the most beautiful in the Southern Hemisphere, boasting some of the most stunning scenery anywhere in the world. Australian tourists searching for something different from their next getaway should jump on the next flight to Bolivia and explore everything this incredible country has to offer.
The Cordillera Real
The landscape of Bolivia is almost as diverse as the cultures of the indigenous people who have lived here for thousands of years. The Cordillera Real is among the most impressive of Bolivia's natural features, and this stunning mountain range boasts many peaks of more than 6,000 metres tall. The foothills of the Cordillera Real extend from the South American Antiplano plains southeast of Lake Titicaca, and although the range is located near the Equator, much of the region is densely glaciated. The towering snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real is an unforgettable sight, and contrasts well with the lush and fertile grasslands of the Antiplano.
The Southwest Circuit
Avid hikers exploring Bolivia should not miss the opportunity to tour the vast expanses of the Southwest Circuit. Located in the extreme southwestern corner of Bolivia, the Circuit features some of the most rugged and beautiful landscapes in South America. From the surreal Salar de Uyuni salt flats to the geothermal fissures of Los Lípez, this region is a must for Aussies who want to feel like they are exploring another world. The village of Uyuni is an ideal starting point for adventurous Aussies who want to explore this rugged landscape, and the locals are particularly friendly. Alternatively, the village of Tupiza is another settlement ideal as a base of operations for intrepid explorers, offering a relaxed atmosphere and spectacular views of the Río Tupiza valley and the red Tupiza mountains.
Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat, covering an area of more than 10,500 square kilometres. Despite the area's rugged isolation, the salt flats are home to many species of hardy wildlife, including the Bolivian vizcacha, a rabbit-like animal that lives in the rocky hills surrounding the flats, and the culpeo, a species of wild fox.
Bolivia is a land of intrigue and spectacular natural beauty. Aussies who want to really get away from it all should mark their maps and set off on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the South American wilderness.
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