Travel Bloggers’ Favorite Hotels in Bolivia

Travel Bloggers’ Favorite Hotels in Bolivia

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Where to stay when exploring Bolivia?

 

Bolivia has been on our bucket list ever since we learned about Tiwanaku, one of the most important pre-Colombian sites in South America. This year, we’ll finally get to explore this country full of diverse cultures, unique customs and breathtaking landscapes such as the Salar de Uyuni! But as one of the poorest countries in South America, Bolivia doesn’t have many topnotch hotels. So after asking our fellow travel bloggers to share their favorite hotels in Peru with us, we’ve also suggested them to tell us about their choices of accomodations in Bolivia. Here’s the contribution of five travel bloggers.

Luna Salada Salt Hotel, Uyuni 

Nate from Travel Lemming

 

Luna Salada Hotel, Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo by TravelLemming.com
Luna Salada Hotel, Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo by TravelLemming.com

 

Imagine waking up in your hotel to a stunning vista of endless salt stretching seemingly forever into the horizon. Now imagine doing that while standing in a hotel room itself made almost entirely out of salt!

 

From the furniture, to the walls, to the floors, the Luna de Salada salt hotel offers a unique experience and a quintessentially Bolivian way to enjoy one of the world’s greatest natural wonders: the famous Uyuni salt flats.

 

Luna de Salada allows you to take in the rugged landscape while still enjoying high-end service and quality amenities. The hotel’s remote location means you’ll have plenty of space to peacefully take in Mother Nature, but its array of offerings means you won’t be bored or lacking in entertainment.

 

From a delicious on-site kitchen and bar to a game room to bicycle rentals, there’s plenty to keep you occupied during your stay at the hotel. The highlight of any visit, however, has to be the optional evening stargazing treks, where it’s possible to witness the entire Milky Way light up the night sky!

Colibri Camping & Eco-Lodge, La Paz

Claire from Tales of a Backpacker

 

 

My favorite hotel in Bolivia is Colibri Camping, which is actually a campsite and eco-lodge instead of a traditional hotel. Colibri Camping is located around 30 minutes from the centre of La Paz, in the Jupapina Valley.

 

Colibri offers glamping facilities in beautiful teepees and lodges, and there is also space for camping and overlanders too.  Not only that, but Colibri Camping has stunning views across the valley, where you can see the ‘Devil’s Tooth’ mountain. As soon as I arrived I fell in love with the place.

 

The owners Rolando and Emma were incredibly welcoming, inviting me for dinner at their home when they realised I was the only guest on site that day!  Emma is from the UK, and Rolando is Bolivian, and they have created a slice of paradise, made from recycled materials and renewable energy sources. They also run the volunteering project Up Close Bolivia, which brings in volunteers from all over the world to help with projects in their community, from Equine Therapy for children with special needs, to teaching at the local school and helping at the animal rescue centre.

 

In the village there are shops to buy food to cook on the outdoor stove, or you can hop in a passing mini bus to go into the city.  If you are looking for some peace and quiet away from hectic La Paz, you must stay at Colibri Camping!

Hostal Piedra Andina, Copacabana

Vicky from Spud On the Run

 

Hostal Piedra Andina, Copacabana, Bolivia. Photo by SpunOnTheRun.com
Hostal Piedra Andina, Copacabana, Bolivia. Photo by SpunOnTheRun.com

 

We spent five months exploring the wonders of South America, yet the view of Lake Titicaca from Hostal Piedra Andina has a very special place in our hearts.

 

Piedra Andina refers to itself as a hostel, but it has lovely private rooms that, at such an affordable price, rival many hotels we’ve stayed in. It’s set back, a little way up the hill from the main area of Copacabana. It’s worth the small detour for the breathtaking panorama that you get of the famous lake, and the tranquility that comes from not being in the main tourist hub.

 

The family that runs the hostel is friendly and helpful, your comfort is really important to them. Our room was exceptionally clean, with huge windows that looked out on to the ever-changing colours of Titicaca.

 

The hostel has several small outdoor areas with chairs and hammocks so that you can relax and admire the view. One night, we pulled up chairs and watched a storm advance across the lake. It never hit Copacabana, but we were gifted with a wonderful light show from Mother Nature.

Hostal Ananay, La Paz

Claudia from My Adventures Across The World

 

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Ananay is one of the best hotels in La Paz. Located in Calle Jaen, one of the very few streets in the city that are closed to traffic, the area is completely quiet and nice, so a good night sleep is guaranteed. It is located in a beautiful colonial building, with an internal patio, and all rooms are different (though all of them are quite spacious). Though there is no central heating (that’s hardly a thing in Bolivia) all rooms are provided with a heater and plenty of blankets, so that guests never get cold.

 

Common areas are lovely and cozy – there’s a reading room, a tv room and a nice dining area. A good breakfast is typically included in the price of the room, and even when leaving early there’s someone available to prepare it. The hotel caters to backpackers, families as well as solo travelers, so it is a good place to meet people. Finally, the staff (all English speaking) is incredibly kind and helpful.

Hotel del Sal Sumaj Rijchariy, Uyuni

Thais from World Trip Diaries

 

 

When we decided we’d visit Uyuni Salt Flats, we also decided on spending a couple of nights in a salt hotel. We chose the Sumaj Rijchariy and we loved it! Since the moment of the pick up late at night to the moment of our check-out, everyone from the staff was great with us and the kids. They offered their advice, suggestions, knowledge, and their time to make our stay memorable.

 

We had most of our meals at the hotel and even our very picky kids loved every single food that was served. It’s a local family owned and operated hotel, which is super meaningful for us.

 

The beds were comfortable, the shower was delicious, and it was great! Besides the lack of wi-fi in the rooms, we had a memorable stay and we highly recommend it to families or anyone spending a night or more at the entrance of the stunning Uyuni Salt Flats.

 

What do you think of these accomodations?
Would you consider staying in one of these when you travel to Bolivia?
Or if you’ve already been to Bolivia, which are your favorite hotels and would you suggest them?

 

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31 Responses

  1. Archana Singh
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    I have never been to South America and Bolivia has been on my list for long. So many great options you have shared. The Colibri Camping looks something that I would totally enjoy.

  2. Medha Verma
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    That’s quote a nice collection of hotels. I love camping so Colibri Camping La Paz looks pretty cool. However, at times, I also love to indulge a little and relax for which Hostal Piedra in Copacabana looks perfect. Ananay is located in a lovely little street, surrounded by colourful houses and that’s also very cool!

  3. Cat
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    Colibri Camping has such cute teepees! I have never done camping/glamping before, but I’m willing to try this one since the location is so convenient!

  4. carrieemann
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    These all seem like great options! I had heard nightmare stories about a lot of the salt hotels around Uyuni — I didn’t realize there were luxury options as well. Seems like most backpackers end up in unheated, questionably clean, cold-shower-only type places.

  5. Linda
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    This is quite a range of hotels for Bolivia. I will certainly remember this if we head that way. A hotel overlooking the salt flats would give you an amazing sight! Certainly something to consider for selection criteria.

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      Yep it must be quite an experience! We can’t wait to go there really soon!!

  6. Anuradha Goyal
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    Such a nice idea to invite bloggers to share their best hotels. I wish I knew about this, would have contributed some palace or fort hotels from India which are quite unique and let you live a royal life for few days. Of these, I would like to try Ananay for all the colors it promises.

  7. Kirstie Marie Saldo
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    I’ve never been to Bolivia but I like your choices. They are different from the accommodations we are used to. And is it a tent? I am very curious. Calle Jaen looks very interesting!

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      Yep it’s a tent! Looks awesome right? And apparently Calle Jaen is one of the most colorful street in La Paz. 😉

  8. Erica
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    So many amazing options here, I don’t know hod I’d choose!! The Luna de Salada at the Uyuni salt flats looks beyond incredible, and that teepee at the Colibri Camping looks like a dream! Loved this post.

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      Thanks Erica! We hope you’ll get to stay in one of these accommodations when you travel to Bolivia!

  9. Danik
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    Hope to be in South America soon and Bolivia is one country I really want to get to. Love the options from other bloggers listed here, would seriously consider them. Never tried camping proper yet, could be a good place to start.

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      We’re not camping fans neither, but glamping in such a cute tent sounds really interesting, doesn’t it?

  10. Noel Morata
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    Bolivia looks like such a fascinating city and I love all the choices and colorful places suggested to stay around the country. I will definitely make an effort to visit and hopefully stay in any of these hotels or hostels.

  11. Malc S
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    Sadly I’ve never set foot in South America, only Europe and North America. But I do plan to check it out some day and this looks good for some ideas!

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      We’ll let you know more once we come back from our trip to Peru and Bolivia! And we’ll make sure to inspire you even more to visit South America! 😉

  12. Michelle
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    I’ve stayed at one of the salt hotels a few years ago and it was certainly a very quirky experience. I’d definitely love to stay at a eco-lodge on my next visit to Bolivia!

  13. Carmen Edelson
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    Bolivia has been on my bucket list for awhile too! That salt hotel is just too cool! i’d definitely have to stay there, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      You’re welcome Carmen. The salt hotels are also our favorites! 🙂

  14. dagniee
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    I love to visit this place 🙂 your shots are awesome too, great work

  15. Jas
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    Colibri Camping definitely peaked my interest! I just had my first glamping experience last summer and absolutely loved it so will be putting this on my radar if I visit Bolivia.Ananay sounds lovely too especially with the colorful neighborhood and a good night sleep is always important!

  16. Kerri
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    Such a diverse lot of places to stay and would have to pick the tent as my accommodation of choice. Bolivia is a place that remains unchartered for me but looks amazing.

  17. I’ve heard mixed reviews about accommodation in Bolivia but this gives me hope again! Adding a couple of these to my list 🙂 The view over Lake Titicaca looks incredible!!

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      We also thought that accommodations in Bolivia are quite bad. But we’re so glad to learn about these ones! Doing the countdown now until we get to Bolivia! ☺️

  18. Andra
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    These are some great options. I would love to try the Luna de Salada hotel. And that’s because I love stargazing treks and I am sure that it could provide quite some views. South America has some pretty stunning accommodation.

  19. apackedlife
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    I must admit I’m tempted by the glamping in my very own hobbit hole, and with such friendly owners. But in truth, I can see great reasons to stay at all of them. Saving this for our South American adventure, still in the planning stages, but growing ever more exciting!

  20. Jennifer
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    So many great options here, I would love to stay at them all for different reasons! Hotel del Sal Sumaj Rijchariy really catches my eye with its decor. But some of the others have stunning views, so it’s a touch choice.

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