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
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
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
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.
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?
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