Sucre is the capital of sweet destination Bolivia. Or should we say “salt” Bolivia, since the largest salt flat in the world is located here? Salar de Uyuni means over 10,000 square kilometers of salt at an altitude of 3600 meters above sea level. And this is only one of many impressing Bolivian features.
One can say the only thing Bolivia lacks is an ocean beach; this landlocked country is complete in every other way. High mountains, extensive (Amazon)rainforest, cities with modern and ancient architecture.
Culture in Bolivia
The famous Lake Titicaca is a hotspot for travelers at South America. It is shared with neighbor country Peru. At an altitude of 3812 meters above sea level, you can meet for example the Uru people. They live on reed islands, very special. Their colorful fabrics and clothing are a great souvenir to take home.
Near the Lake Titicaca, you find La Paz. One of the highest cities in the world. Discover the city by Mi Teleféric, an aerial cable car system. Or, walk down Jaén Street where colonial buildings host ten museums. And so, all major cities have their hotspots.
For instance, go to Cochabamba city and its giant open-air market. Seems like all the food grown in the Cochabamba valley is traded here. Therefore, a nice place to glimpse at all the local food. Moreover, try some star fruit or pacay, both are typical Bolivian.
And certainly, visit Sucre in the center of Bolivia. Because of all the white buildings, the city is also known as La Ciudad Blanca. Many of this colonial buildings are worth visiting. And don’t forget the churches and La Recoleta monastery, also white of course.
Everywhere, it is a pleasure to explore the kindness of the Bolivian people. From the largest city Santa Cruz de la Sierra to small towns, you will feel welcome get to taste of local culture. For example, join local people in entertaining events such as Carnival or a football match. Spanish is the main language due to the Spanish domination in the 16th century. If you learn a few Spanish words, it’s easier to make a connection with locals.
Food in Bolivia
“Almuerzo” is the most important meal of the day. Between 12 and 3 o’clock, people take a break from their work and activities and enjoy a multiple course menu. After consuming soup, the main course and dessert, it’s nice to take a nap: the well-known “siesta”. Wake up in time for tea! Tea and pastries are served between 4 and 5 o’clock.
The taste of food is a combination of Aymara tradition and Spanish cuisine. In the western parts of Bolivia, the food is more spicy to become warm in the cold mountains. In the other, lower parts of Bolivia dishes are prepared with fruits and fish, since that’s more available in this region.
ResiRest in Bolivia
Bolivian families have their doors open to meet you, starting in Cochabamba. You can join them for an “Almuerzo” or dinner. Prepared for you with a strong dedication to food, making friends while eating together. Don’t hesitate, get a taste of the real local life!