Bolivia has millions of acres of protected areas and national parks – these in fact represent approximately 16% of the country’s total land mass. This biodiversity presents the country with a potentially huge revenue source as a ecotourism destination and the buzz is already being created.
Sustainable and socially responsible tourism not only ensures that the rich natural capital of the country is protected, it also provides the indigenous communities with livelihood that is rooted in conserving and enriching their own environs. Ecotourism also provides visitors to Bolivia with a glimpse of its ancient history. There is already an increasing buzz about the lush, pristine and biologically diverse areas in Bolivia.
Amboro National Park just outside Santa Cruz has more than 800 species of birds.
Madidi National Park located north of La Paz meanwhile, boasts of 11% of the world’s species of flora and fauna.
Declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO in 2000 is the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park located in the north of Santa Cruz.
Serious adventure tourists will be interested to make a trip to Kaa Iya National Park. It is renowned for housing a large population of great cats and the presence of nomadic tribes.
Pantanal is known as one of the largest wetland ecosystems in the world and is said to have one of the highest concentrations of flora and fauna species on earth.
The ancient city of Tiahuanaco outside La Paz is a window to Bolivia’s amazing past with its preserved ruins and temples.