Bolivia may be one of the poorest countries in South America, but its cultural wealth, the vastly differing Amazonian and Andean landscapes and the remnants of mysterious ancient civilisations make it a rich and exciting destination if you're looking for more than postcards. 

 

 

La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, looks like a moon crater. The city is 4km (2mi) above sea level, situated on a canyon floor which shows only a hint of greenery. Fortunately, the life and colour of La Paz is found in its people and culture, not its landscape. The city of Sucre was declared a Unesco cultural heritage site in 1991 and it doesn't take long to see why. Beautiful colonial architecture abounds, with many original buildings still intact. All buildings within the central core of the city are either whitewashed or painted white.

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