The area to the east of the Chilean border is startlingly
diverse and as you traverse the region you'll pass coloured lakes,
vast rocky formations shaped by the wind, hot springs and geysers
and snow-capped volcanic peaks before reaching the brilliant white
salt desert which has come to symbolise adventure travel in
Bolivia. Accommodation is basic along the way, but a night in a
hotel made entirely of salt will no doubt appeal to those looking
to tick off that all important 'different' box.
To the east of the salt flats you'll find the city of Sucre, one
of the country's two capitals, where old churches, colonial
buildings and fascinating museums are bursting with history. The
city is home to the second oldest university in South America and
its first medical school as well.
Potosi, just south of Sucre, is another gem which was once the
wealthiest city on the continent thanks to its silver production
which bankrolled the Spanish Empire. In fact, the term 'vale un
Potosi' is still used to this day to describe something considered
very profitable. The silver has more or less dried up, but the
grand churches and ornate colonial buildings left behind as
remnants of the glory days make the city well worth a visit.