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Bolivia, located southwest of Brazil, is a mountainous country with a rich and colorful history. You can explore the ancient Incan ruins that dot the country's landscape or enjoy the view from its administrative capital, La Paz, which is situated in the Andes mountains over 12,000 feet above sea level.

Best time to take a trip to Bolivia

The weather in Bolivia varies from the more temperate, almost tropical, conditions in the east to the drier, more polar, conditions in the west. The Bolivian summer runs from November through March and includes much of the rainy season. Winter, running from April through October, tends to be much drier and colder. Average summer temperatures are often around 86 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter temperatures frequently reach freezing. Snowfall is not uncommon during the winter months in mountains in the western part of the country. Early March may be an ideal time for a visit, as the daytime weather is warm, evenings are cool, and the annual Carnaval de Oruro, a days-long folklore festival, is hosted in Cochabamba. Whatever time of year you choose to visit Bolivia, Orbitz.com can help you plan your travel and save.

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Travel to Bolivia to explore its culture

Make the most of your Bolivia travel by visiting during the Carnaval de Oruro. This eight-day celebration leads up to Ash Wednesday and celebrates through grandiose parades, costumed dances, concerts and plays. Thousands of people descend upon the city to help mark the miracle that allegedly took place in 1789, when a mural of the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared. Oruro is the folklore capital of the country, so plan your Bolivia vacation with a visit here. Take an excursion to Cochabamba to explore La Cancha, South America's largest open-air market, then ascend San Pedro Hill and visit the 109-foot-tall statue of Cristo de la Concordia. Those interested in models and the fashion industry should plan Bolivia travel to the city of Santa Cruz.

Insider tips for Bolivia travel

Try Copacabana's Signature Dish

Trucha, served in essentially every establishment in Copacabana, is a salmon dish made from fish fresh from the lake.

Watch Live Soccer

Soccer is played on Sundays at Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz.

The Butterfly Sanctuary

Mariposario Guembe, just outside of Santa Cruz, is the world's largest butterfly sanctuary. It also offers swimming, kayaking, and a massive children's playground.

The Castillo de la Glorieta

This palace in Sucre, the country's constitutional capital city, was designed to be a fairytale wonderland, and is open daily for visitors.

Eat on the Street

Sausages, chorizos, and even beef hearts are served up with unique blends of spices by street vendors everywhere.

Things to do in Bolivia

The Death Road

Take a 40-mile mountain bike tour along this road, leading from cool and dry La Cumbre to tropical Coroico, to see Bolivia's diverse natural beauty .

The Ruins at Tiwanaku

This ancient city left no written records behind, but the ruins still in place today date back as far as the fifth century.

The Uyuni Salt Flats

The world's largest salt flats are home to an antique train cemetery, and serve as a breeding ground each year for pink flamingos.

Tarija Wine Country

The climate in Tarija allows vineyards to thrive. Tarija offers lush landscaping, a relaxed atmosphere, and superior local wines.

Amboro National Park

A wildlife preserve with an area of over 1,700 square miles, the park is home to unusual creatures such as giant anteaters and spectacled bears.

Carnaval de Oruro

Dancing, music, and feasting are the highlights of this annual March festival in Cochabamba.

Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria

In Copacabana each February, locals and visitors enjoy music, feasting, and bullfighting.

Aqualand Water Park

Take a break from the heat at this Santa Cruz water park, which offers rides and relaxation for all ages.

Pink River Dolphins

Beni is home of pink river dolphins-freshwater dolphins that develop a pinkish tint as they mature and can grow to be up to eight feet long.

El Fuerte de Samaipata

These ruins, believed to be religious structures, were built by the Chane people prior to the Incas.

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