Bolivia

Land bound, Bolivia's geography is remarkably diverse, ranging from the Andes Mountains to the Atacama Desert and extending to the Amazon Basin rainforest.

Created politically only a century and a half ago, Bolivia is twice the size of France and has a population of only 7.5 million. Of these, 70% are indigenous Indians, most of them living between 3000m and 4000m in the Andean highlands of the country. The so-called social elite, European by descent and education, has little influence on the lives or the thinking of the indigenous population, for whom the pre-colonial past is woven into the present in a way very difficult for the casual visitor to understand.

Bolivia trips will readily be appreciated by anyone interested in incomparable mountain scenery, the wild beauty of the landscapes – whether they are of the Andes, Amazon or Altiplano – and the dignity and charm of the country's people. Bolivia has few comforts and fewer pretensions, but hardly any disappointments for the committed adventurer.