The Fuller Center for Housing Bolivia
When you come to Bolivia you will not only help us build affordable houses for those Bolivians who are most in need. You can also visit world renowned tourist attractions!
Volunteering trips to Bolivia are available through the Fuller Center Global Builders Program. For more information about the program click on the orange "volunteer button". Come help us build hope in the heart of South America and experience Bolivia!
After you have helped build a better future for Bolivia, we invite you to explore our country. A road trip that is worth the time is Lake Titicaca. This icy high-altitude lake is the legendary birthplace of the Inca civilization, and is also believed to hold precious Inca treasure. French explorer Jacques Cousteau spent years looking for the illusive Inca gold.
You can take a boat tour to see amazing 5000 year old Inca Empire ruins.Check out the Isla de la Luna and the Isla del Sol and walk into 5000 year old Inca Temples. Also visit the Inca fountain of youth, the Inca stairs and much more. If you have the time we recommend you visit the lake - we are sure you will never forget it!
Salar de Uyuni
The Salar de Uyuni (salt flats) is natural wonder that attracts travelers from all over the world to Bolivia. Wanderers flock to South America by the planeloads just to catch a glimpse of that clear mirrored sky and endless white.
The "salar" is famous for being the largest and most captivating on earth, and it dually serves as an epic backdrop for some extremely creative, crazy and even at times mind-bending photos.
When you fly to Bolivia be sure to be seated on the right side of the plane so you can take a look at this majestic mountain! The Illimani is the symbol of La Paz and is the second highest peak in Bolivia standing at 6438 meters (21,122 ft) and the highest in the Cordillera Real.
It has three prominent peaks visible from La Paz and the most commonly climbed route is on the west face. Climbing this iconic mountain takes 4 days, this is a challenging climb. Previous climbing experience is required.
Tiwanaku is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in western Bolivia. It has been designated by the United Nations as a world heritage site. It was the capital of an empire that extended into present-day Peru and Chile, flourishing from AD 400 to AD 1000. The ruins of Tiwanaku bear striking witness to the power of the empire that played a leading role in the development of the Andean prehispanic civilization...Don't miss the Gate of the Sun!
Mi Teleferico (Gondolas)
To see amazing views La Paz mountainous topography ride the Gondolas. They will take you across the city and you will enjoy views that you won't ever forget. The gondolas are the fastest and most cost effective way to travel across the city...for less than a dollar per ride.
Designed in 1558 , Plaza Murillo was named in honor of Bolivian founding father Pedro Murillo, a signatory of the document of independence. Surrounded by beautiful eucalyptus trees and featuring a grand statue of Neptune the plaza is ringed by historical buildings. On one side of the plaza, is the impressive Cathedral Basilica de Nuestra Señora De La Paz which dates from 1835. Next to the cathedral is the Bolivian Government Palace and across from the it you will see the Bolivian Congress.
Due to its central location, the plaza is always buzzing with people looking to relax in the sun and watch the world go by. It's also a popular spot for vendors who sell salteñas (delicious Bolivian baked empanada) as well as sacks of birdseed for those wanting to feed the plaza's many pigeons.
Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley)
The Valley of the Moon is full of surreal white rock formations. Because the mineral content of the mountains varies greatly between individual mountains, the sides of the mountains are different colors, creating striking optical illusions. There's a short hike and a long hike to explore, depending on how you're feeling. The valley is situated only 10 kilometers from downtown La Paz.
While visiting Bolivia you can take a journey across eastern La Paz into the subtropical valleys of the Yungas region. From the glaciers to the tropical jungle, the journey to "Los Yungas" and the Andean gateway to the Amazon Basin, includes a true geographic synthesis of the world at large. On the eastern slopes of the Andes, these subtropical towns are only four hours from La Paz, over one of the most breathtaking highways of South America.
For those seeking adventure after helping build a better future for Bolivia, you can bike down the famous Yungas road! The views are amazing and once you reach the town of Coroico you can treat yourself to a delicious cup of Bolivian organic coffee and stay in one of the many hotels or hostals.
Basilica de San Francisco
The Basilica of San Francisco is a Catholic church. It is located in the center of La Paz, in the square that bears its name. It was built between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries and is notable for its intricately carved façade, one the finest examples of baroque architecture in the Americas.
Charming Jaen street, located near Plaza Murrilo, is one of La Paz’s most finely preserved colonial streets, featuring brightly plastered houses dating from the 18th century. Nestled among these colourful abodes are five of La Paz’s most important museums; Museo de Metales Preciosos, Museo del Litoral, Museo Casa de Murillo, Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas, Museo de Instrumentos Musicales.
Due to their small size and close proximity to one another, all these museums can be conveniently visited in one day. People keen on exploring the museums should note that visiting times do vary, therefore it’s advisable to check the opening hours before arrival.
Amboró National Park is an ecological masterpiece of almost half a million hectares, located approximately 150 km north west of the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Park Amboro lies in a unique geographical position at the confluence of 3 distinct ecosystems: the Amazon basin, the northern Chaco and the Andes (nowhere else in the world do three such vast environments converge). Amboró National Park contains over 800 bird species!
Parque Noel Kempf Mercado
Designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage site the Nel Kempf National Park is one of the largest (1,523,000 ha) and most intact parks in the Amazon Basin. With an altitudinal range of 200 m to nearly 1,000 m, it is the site of a rich mosaic of habitat types from Cerrado savannah and forest to upland evergreen Amazonian forests.
The park boasts an evolutionary history dating back over a billion years to the Precambrian period. An estimated 4,000 species of flora as well as over 600 bird species and viable populations of many globally endangered or threatened vertebrate species live in the park.
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