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Bolivia Culture Tours

Bolivian culture is very diverse thanks to the differing origins of the Bolivian people. Bolivian society includes people of Spanish origin, descendants of the colonisers, indigenous groups from the Andes and mestizos, those who are a mixture of the two.

Just before the Spanish invasion, parts of Bolivia were incorporated into Inca territory, meaning that some of the indigenous groups, including the Quechua and Aymara people, are descendants of the Incas. Bolivia is said to be a country yet to be discovered - as the fifth largest country in South America, it has a multitude of different areas and cultures, but there are many of which very little is known. Take a look at some Bolivia culture tours on offer that incorporate all aspects of the country’s culture, from food to literature and art to history. 

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A (Very) Brief History 

The earliest known civilization in Bolivia is the ancient Tiwanakan culture that was around 2000 BC and was located south of Lake Titicaca. These early settlers built a great city called Tiwanaku.

Thousands of years later, in the 15 century, the Incan Empire entered into Boliva and remained the dominant culture until the Spanish arrived in 1525. The Bolivians lived under Spanish rule for almost 300 years, however, in 1809 they declared their independence. They fought the Spanish for another 16 years until they became the Republic of Bolivia on August 6, 1825. 

The national identity of Bolivians has evolved throughout these different historical periods and is representative of a combination of Indigenous and Spanish customs and traditions, the combination of which stll influences on the culture. The festivals, food, arts, clothing, architecture, and social beliefs have all been influenced by the rich history of this country. 

Bolivia Food & Cuisine

When it comes to Bolivia, the first step to appreciating the unique and enticing flavours of the country is to leave behind any preconceived notions you may have about Bolivian cuisine. Contrary to popular belief (bland, meat-centric, unhygienic), food in Bolivia is not only varied and satisfying, but is also an important and unique part of the culture.

Dishes stem mainly from a mixture of Spanish cuisine with ancient Andean traditions and because Bolivia has many geographical zones, local favourites often vary from region to region. For example, food from the Altiplano is generally suited to the high, cold climate, so there’s a lot of spice, whereas dishes in the lowlands and Amazonic region of Bolivia tend to be comprised of yucca, fish, vegetables and fruit as these are the products most abundant in the area. As in all developing countries, you need to be cautious about where you choose to eat, but if you trust your instincts you will have an enjoyable food experience.

A great way to get an authentic experience of Bolivian cuisine is to try the street food scene. In Bolivia it is not only where you’ll find your best meal, it’s also where you’ll get a true taste of everyday Bolivian life. Whether you’re in the bustling city of La Paz or the tiny lakeside town of Copacabana, grab a few bolivianos and head straight to the nearest street food vendor before doing anything else. 

Music & Dance

The music and dance of Bolivia was significantly influenced by European standards during colonialism, traditionally Indigenous music underwent a revival during the 1950s. This increased awareness of Indigenous customs and traditions was because of the cultural and political reforms of the time. This Indigenous identification movement continued throughout several decades and had a lasting impact on Bolivian music.

One of the most popular types of music here is called Huayno, which is characterized by high-pitched singing and the use of several instruments, including the harp, accordion, charango, guitar, saxophone, and flute. Huayno is also the name of the dance that accompanies the music. A man either provides his right arm to a woman as an invitation to dance or places his handkerchief on her shoulder. If the woman accepts the invitation, the couple joins a circular group of dancers. The dance steps resemble rapidly stomping feet, with the man following the woman. The couple only occasionally touches by bumping shoulders.

A great way to immerse yourself into the music and dance scene of Bolivia is to time your visit a festival! There are tons of religious and cultural festivals, pilgrimages and parades throughout the year, up and down the country. Before you plan your itinerary, do a quick search online to check Bolivia’s calendar of events, and, if you can, time it so that you get to experience at least one of the big local celebrations. Carnaval, a four-day street parade that features elaborate masks, 150 marching bands and thousands of colorfully dressed dancers, is well worth a visit.

Bolivia Tour FAQ's

What Is Included On A Tour To Bolivia

Inclusions vary between tour providers but generally speaking all accommodation and travel during your trip, including internal flights, transfers and public transports are included. You will be responsible for arranging your flights and visa to Bolivia, but if you need help all reputable tour providers will be available to assist.

During your trip there will be some pre-arranged evening meals that will also be included along with dinners and lunches when you are visiting more remote destinations.

If you are booking a trip that involves visiting pay to enter attractions these will also be included as will all equipment needed to enjoy activities.

Should you be in doubt what is and may not be included your chosen tour operator will usually have a detailed itinerary of the trip in which inclusions & exclusions are detailed. If you need further clarification get in contact with the tour operator via their contact page and they will be happy to advise further.

How Fit Do I Need To Be

Obviously this depends very much on the tour style that you are booking. If you are booking a hiking and trekking tour there will be considerably more physical exertion than if you are booking a relaxing week at Lake Titicaca.

Bolivia tour operators are aware that this is a common concern for their customers and usually have some form of physical rating associated with the tour in question. That said, it may certainly be a good idea to clarify with the tour operator directly as concessions or adaptations can be made if you have particular concerns.

How Much Does A Bolivia Tour Cost

Trips to Bolivia come in many forms and all with different costs associated with them. Obviously duration forms the major part of the cost but also the activities included and your preferred travel style.

The larger tour operators will have very similar tours but with variances to accommodate all budgets, i.e. budget v luxury accommodation, public v private transport etc etc.

Generally speaking tours range between £1,500 to £8,000.

I'm Travelling Solo, Will I Be Welcome

Small group tours are generally open to everybody and are perfectly suited to solo travellers. You will always be welcome to join a small group and operators will offer to match you with another traveller of the same sex to share accommodation so that you don't suffer single supplement costs. This is only an option and if you prefer to have private accommodation it will be provided.

If you are a little worried about who will be on your tour please contact the tour provider directly and an advisor will be able to give you details of age ranges and sex of your potential travel partners. If you do not think you are well suited to a particular tour, the advisor will be able to match you with another that you will be more comfortable with.

How Big Are Group Sizes

This will vary depending on your destination and tour operator, but generally, tours will range from 6 to 16 persons and average 12.

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