Located in the center of the South American continent, Bolivia is a country that is not for the faint of heart. Seriously, the capital city of La Paz is located at 12,010 feet above sea level, the highest seat of government in the world… so it may take some getting used to. But at least when you take off, you get to your cruising altitude much faster… also considering that the airport is in El Alto which is closer to 13,600 feet, the highest major city in the world. The country as a whole is one of the largest in the world, but in terms of density, it’s the least dense in population in Latin America. To me, this translates into wonderfully unspoiled opportunities which the country is known for. There are various regions throughout the country which showcase its biodiversity, from the world’s largest salt flats in Salar de Uyuni (4000 square miles), to the highest navigable lake (Lake Titicaca at 12,500 feet). The country is divided into three general areas which include the Altiplano (higher plains such as La Paz), the valley region including cities like Cochabamba and Sucre, and the tropical regions which have hot and humid climates, such as in the country’s largest city of Santa Cruz. Each of these regions provides opportunities for groups to visit a wide range of cultural experiences which were formed by the many indigenous tribes that go back thousands of years in the region, including the Aymara and Quechua.
From a business travel perspective, the country does count with various international hotel chains, including some in La Paz such as the Camino Real Suites which offers a “Height Plan” to help travelers acclimate to the change in altitude which can have a big effect on your body. The Radisson La Paz has large convention space which can easily accommodate over 1000 attendees for various types of functions. Much like other destinations which are still developing their conventions market, Bolivia relies on many of the larger hotel chains for their more significant meeting and events space.
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