Twenty reasons for adding Bolivia to your expat visiting list – and maybe sticking around for a while!

16 Dec


From the ExpatsBlog team of editors: “After our hugely successful Expat Blog Awards 2012 last year, we thought we’d take a different spin on this year’s awards! Realising that last year’s scenario would be unfair to recently-joined newer bloggers, we’ve decided to combine the Expat Blog Awards 2013 with a big expat writing contest!

Twenty Reasons for Adding Bolivia to Your Expat Visiting List !

Expat Blog Awards 2013 Contest Entry That said, here’s my pitch… If this blogpost here makes you a bit curious… hop over to ExpatBlogs and check out a list especially prepared for this year’s writing contest: Suggestions on why expats should add Bolivia to their visiting list… they’ll be so in love that may want to stick around for a while! And remember: your great comment will help this blog go for Gold… two years in a row… why not? 😮

Bolivia is a culturally diverse, geographically unique and strange in so many other ways that it’s hard to find another place/country quite like it. And this statement is coming from a ‘serial expat’, a traveling mother of third-culture children, a trailing spouse married into the US Foreign Service, and a Latina-born woman.

Hummm… need more examples of the colors and textures? Take a look:

The worldly recognized, the Andean rugs…


Also, here one may enjoy the  typical “salteñas“, recipes borrowed long ago from neighboring Argentina


Craving for more? Let’s go on a quick trip towards this unique place on earth!

What you may find in Bolivia? Take a look at these images, and don’t forget: go visit the Expat Blogs and share your wonderful comment about this travel blog! [Thank you!!!]

dressed in patterns

dressed in patterns

Madre Luna, from the Moon Valley

What looks like a carpet of stalagmites canvassing a desert, Valle de la Luna, or “Valley of the Moon” is what is left of a mountain composed of clay and sandstone that has been battered by strong winds and time.

Here are more images of this unique country… looking for a bit more explanation? Check the full text prepared for this year’s contest [shameless, right? :o]


death road bikers...

Mountain biking trip

Mountain biking trip



Cotapata Park, Bolivia

Cotapata Park, Bolivia




bolivian unusual







Laguna Verde [‘Green Lagoon’]


Singani in Tarija



Pre-Inca Ruins

Pre-Inca Ruins

The Table of Sacrifices

The Table of Sacrifices

Pre-Inca Ruins


Immerse into the local culture and traditions







Español: Alumnos del Colegio Padre Luis Gallar...

[Photo credit:]



The famous “trufi”!


Connect with the past, experience the present and look into the future… Bolivia offers it all! ♥

muela del diablo

Twenty Reasons for Adding Bolivia to Your Expat Visiting List !


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19 responses to “Twenty reasons for adding Bolivia to your expat visiting list – and maybe sticking around for a while!

  1. Oz Migration

    January 26, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Honestly, being an expats to a different culture was really hard. You have to join other people culture and tradition but on the other side of the note, as time goes by, I learn how to develop myself being humanitarian by helping them.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      August 10, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Hey there! Thanks again for the visit and please, we would love if you could take a moment to check out our Updated TravelBlog on Instagram! It would be great to hear your feedback/comments on our IG profile! Just click here and enjoy! ☺ Thank you in advance!


  2. mariannegv

    December 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    You convinced me with this post, specially after watching the Laguna Verde photo. Now I want to travel to Bolivia, and actually I’m planning my trip with a friend. Any suggestions?
    Kind greetings,


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      December 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you very much for your interest, Marianne! Glad you were convinced! 😮 Now, please don’t forget to go share your impressions at the post/article on ExpatsBlog: Visit the site, leave a comment and help us win! Twenty Reasons for Adding Bolivia to Your Expat Visiting List !


      • mariannegv

        December 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        I don’t know what is “Expat Visiting List” but I will check about it and support you.


        • 3rdCultureChildren

          December 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

          It’s the ‘bucket list’ every [serial] expat tend to put together… it’s a ‘life plan’… a wish list with places to visit/live in… Thanks for stopping by and for commenting! 😮


  3. CanadianTravelBugs

    December 16, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I checked out the \blog contest and then came here and it is even better with photos! I left a link on my blog post Tourist in Your Own Town… so others will come see you too. This month’s theme is holidays on my Tourist Challenge. Yours isn’t related to celebrations, but certainly you are a tourist in your own town! Maybe you can show us what Bolivia does for the Christmas/Holiday season. too 🙂


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      December 16, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you so very much! Unfortunately, the posts/articles for the contest would not support images… once it’s over, i’ll update this post here with the text and images… that said, my ‘story’ will make way more sense.. And regarding your suggestion, I’ll definitely have a post on holidays in Bolivia, with images… did one last year, and one of my favorite findings was on ‘underwear for the New Year’… 😮 here in La Paz, it’s customary to have yellow and red underwear for sale right before the New Year… for good luck, success and money!!! Thanks for the link!


      • CanadianTravelBugs

        December 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm

        They do the same here in China for Chinese New Year, which is like our Christmas. They also wear/buy new clothes and underwear in red and yellow. Hmmm maybe there is something in that since 2 very different cultures do it 😉
        Looking forward to your post for the Tourist in Your Own Town Challenge.


        • 3rdCultureChildren

          December 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

          Will definitely work on that… give me a few days, and it’ll be out! 😮


          • CanadianTravelBugs

            December 18, 2013 at 6:51 pm

            Excellent 🙂 No hurry I only set a challenge once a month (the first weekend of each month) so still a few weeks.
            Thanks for joining in… looking forward to the post.


  4. Lucid Gypsy

    December 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Loving it even more the secob yime aroubd ♥


  5. elainecanham

    December 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Brilliant pictures. Thanks. I’ve added Bolivia to my list. I can’t see me realistically going there any time soon, but I’ve added it.


  6. The Guat

    December 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    These shots are amazing and so rich with culture and its people. I love them! Definitely worth visiting I love the mountain bicycle shot, the ziplining, and the landscapes. So cool. Great post.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      December 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you very much for your kind words… this post is part of a much larger expat project, having people share their experiences, stories and tales… Once it goes fully ‘live’, will updated you… in the meantime, thanks for stopping by our travelblog and sharing your comments! Much appreciated… 😮


  7. Lucid Gypsy

    December 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Oh Raquel what a fabulous post, you do great PR for Bolivia! I’d love to go there and experience the rich culture.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      December 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Good to know I’m doing a fine job as the country’s ‘un-official expat PR’… 😮



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