Bolivian landscapes

Living in Bolivia feels, at times, like living in several different countries all at once. I’ve touched on this before, but the diversity of landscapes, cultures and peoples constantly surprises, and it makes Bolivia one of the most interesting countries in the Americas.

It is possible to be in the Amazon rainforest one day at an altitude close to sea level, and in the high Andes at altitudes of over 6500m the next (although this isn’t advisable). In between there is just about every type of landscape, and a mind-boggling degree of biodiversity, imaginable. In fact, the only thing missing from Bolivia’s kaleidoscope of landscapes is a coastline. Bolivia used to have a large chunk of the Pacific coast, but it lost this to Chile in the War of the Pacific (1879-1883). There is little evidence that Chile will be giving it back any time soon.

Moving from the Amazon to the Cordillera Real, this is a selection of some of my favourite Bolivian landscape shots…

Bolivian Amazon, Trinidad, Bolivia
Early morning in the Bolivian Amazon, Trinidad, Bolivia
Sunset over the Rio Mamore, Bolivian Amazon
Sunset over the Rio Mamore, Bolivian Amazon
Rolling wooded hills and deep valleys, Samaipata, Bolivia
Rolling wooded hills and deep valleys, Samaipata, Bolivia
La Paz with Illimani in the background, Bolivia
La Paz with Illimani in the background, Bolivia
View of La Paz from Chacaltaya, Bolivia
View of La Paz from Chacaltaya, Bolivia
Cordillera Real, Bolivia
Cordillera Real, Bolivia
Lake in the Cordillera Real, Bolivia
Lake in the Cordillera Real, Bolivia
Sunset over Sajama National Park, Bolivia
Sunset over Sajama National Park, Bolivia
Vulcans Pomarape and Parinacota, Sajama National Park, Bolivia
Vulcans Pomarape and Parinacota, Sajama National Park, Bolivia
The Cordillera de los Frailles, Sucre, Bolivia
The Cordillera de los Frailles, Sucre, Bolivia
The Cordillera de los Frailles, Sucre, Bolivia
The Cordillera de los Frailles, Sucre, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Sunset over a lake, San Ignacio de Moxos, Bolivia
Sunset over a lake, San Ignacio de Moxos, Bolivia
Sunset, San Ignacio de Moxos, Bolivia
Sunset, San Ignacio de Moxos, Bolivia
Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
The Cordillera Real looms over Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
The Cordillera Real looms over Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
The Cordillera Real en route to La Paz, Bolivia
The Cordillera Real en route to La Paz, Bolivia
Sunset over the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Sunset over the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The Siloli Desert, Bolivia
The Siloli Desert, Bolivia
Flamingos in the Bolivian South West, Bolivia
Flamingos in the Bolivian South West, Bolivia

5 thoughts on “Bolivian landscapes

    1. Thank you, Bolivia’s an amazing country, full of contrasts…in truth, the photos take themselves.

  1. Bolivia is so beautiful. Wish to visit Bolivia soon..

    1. It is a beautiful country, and well worth the effort of visiting.

  2. It certainly is incredible. Just as amazing as her people.

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