By Vivien Lougheed
A rustic with a smorgasbord of landscapes, Bolivia is a special vacation spot. Tropical jungles within the Amazon Basin cave in to attractive deserts within the altiplano. The Andes, with 4 of the world's optimum peaks, supply the superior mountain climbing, mountaineering and caving on the earth. Water covers 14 in line with cent of the country's territory, together with wonderful Lake Titicaca, the top navigable lake on the planet. all through, Bolivia is sprinkled with ruins of pre-Inca civilizations ripe for exploration. right here, Vivien Lougheed stocks her ardour for Bolivia, telling you concerning the background, geography, panorama, hidden treasures and best highlights. complete history details - heritage, tradition, geography and weather - delivers a fantastic wisdom of every vacation spot and its humans. local chapters take you on an introductory travel, with stops at museums, old websites and native points of interest. locations to stick and consume; transportation to, from and round your vacation spot; functional issues; tourism contacts - it is all the following! distinctive nearby and city maps function jogging and using excursions. Then come the adventures - fishing, canoeing, climbing, rafting, llama journeys and extra. by no means galloped alongside a seashore on horseback, trekked up a mountain, explored old websites? "Adventure publications" contain large lists of steered clothes shops, with all touch information - e mail, site, telephone quantity and site.
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Adventure Guide to Bolivia (Hunter Travel Guides) by Vivien Lougheed