Top Attractions in La Paz

Just like the whole country, Bolivia’s de facto capital La Paz gives its visitors mixed feelings. On one hand, the moment you set your foot here, the polluted streets and decrepit buildings remind you that you are in a third-world state. On the other, the strong influence of traditional Andean culture on the metropolis and its inhabitants creates a mystical ambiance that immediately enchants you. The picturesque location in the highlands of the Altiplano and breathtaking views also add to the city’s unique character.

While many travelers come to La Paz as a convenient transit point between numerous historical sites in Bolivia and Peru, the distinct ethnic touch, rich colonial past, striking natural scenery, and vibrant nightlife make it worthy of a much longer visit. That is why I have written a little guide to help you explore Bolivia’s principal city.

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Top Places to Visit in Santiago

Santiago usually serves as a gateway to Chile’s top tourist attractions: incredibly beautiful nature spots and world-famous national parks. In fact, Protected Wilderness Areas make nearly 20 % of the country. That is why most visitors usually pass through the Chilean capital either on the way to the snowy wonders of Patagonia in the South or to the otherworldly landscapes of the sun-dried Atacama Desert in the North. Few travelers come to the city for its own sake. And, indeed, Santiago’s rather monotonous skyline dominated by modern skyscrapers does not strike you as a particularly remarkable or unconventional place. Instead, this South American megalopolis has a pretty unassuming character that takes time to open up to you.

Yet, it would be a pity to miss on the chance to get to know Chile’s most important city and appreciate its discreet charm. So here is a brief guide to Santiago’s best places to visit during a short stay.

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Breathing Earth: Exploring El Tatio Geysers in Northern Chile

There are few places on our planet where you can literally watch the Earth breathing. In my opinion, El Tatio in Northern Chile is definitely one of the best locations to experience this rare phenomenon. With the concentration of 67 geysers and more than 300 hot springs within an area of 30 sq.km., it is the third-largest geothermal field in the world, after the Yellowstone National Park in the US and the Valley of Geysers in the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. It has also become a popular destination for tourists to observe geyser activity amidst the awe-inspiring volcanos of the Andes Mountains.

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Take Me to the Moon: Visit to the Moon and Mars Valleys in the Atacama Desert

If you have ever fantasized about traveling in space and visiting the other planets, taking a trip to the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile is so far the closest you can get to realize your dream. Wedged between two mountain ranges, the Andes in the east and the Cordillera de la Costa in the west, this desert plateau is the driest non-polar place on Earth. For millions of years, the extreme aridity and strong winds have shaped its surface into the stunning otherworldly landscapes that draw comparisons to Mars and offer scientists opportunities for interplanetary research.

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