Bolivia offers unique luxury travel experiences and some of South America’s most stunning natural and cultural attractions. The country’s main cities of La Paz and Santa Cruz boast high-end infrastructure at far more affordable prices than other major urban centres across the continent. Santa Cruz has tropical weather all year around and great opportunities to stay in comfortable hotels with swimming pools and sports areas to relax perhaps for a few days before or after your travels in the highlands.
La Paz is undergoing something of a culinary revolution, led by the opening of Gustu Restaurant in the city’s southern district by Claus Meyer, co-founder of Copenhagen’s world-beating Noma. Gustu opened over a year ago with the aim of lifting Bolivia’s native ingredients to gourmet cuisine, and features the best wine and spirits the country has to offer. It has already won plaudits from locals and critics alike.
There are also some great places to stay in La Paz, the capital city on the roof of the world, from boutique-type accommodations in colonial mansions or a more traditional full-service hotel experience with rooftop views to the high Andes. There is plenty to explore within the city, which is within easy reach of the pre-Inca ruins of Tiwanacu or a day trip by private boat on Lake Titicaca with lunch on the iconic Sun Island.
There are also some of the world’s best high altitude trekking opportunities for which La Paz serves as an excellent place to acclimatise and prepare.
Further afield is perhaps Bolivia’s standout feature- the dazzling white desert of the Uyuni Salt Flats. As a specialist in Bolivia, Luxury Travel Fair exhibitor, HighLives, work with the best hotels in this remote and rugged region and offer great photographic opportunities in their 4X4 tours of the region.
You can also explore the magical highlands of the altiplano, flamingos-filled coloured lagoons and lonely volcanic peaks. Extend your trip down to Chile’s Atacama desert and the Pacific coast beyond or transfer to the gentler climes of Argentina’s northern wine-growing region.
HighLives is a UK-based tour operator founded by Bolivian-born Bibiana Garside. They take care to tailor experiences that can include South America’s most spectacular sights as well as places that offer adventure or tranquillity and always with the peace of mind that they will take good care of all the details. HighLives offers gourmet tours to Bolivia, offering you the opportunity to explore and experience Bolivia’s food and wine by visiting the towns of Tarija, La Paz and Uyuni, and ending with a 12 -course dinner at Gustu Restaurant. Visit them at the Fair on stand A17.