beyondBeanie is based in the heart of South America, Bolivia. The country is very rich in culture and nature, attracting over thousands of tourists every year. So here are a few things you can do while being here!
All of our artisans make their products at home so they can also take care of their families. Many of them live in El Alto, one of the highest cities in the world that is13,620 feet above sea level. They'll all be happy to meet you and show you how they make your beanies and bracelets!
The bB team will be happy to receive you and tell you all about the work they do. You’re welcome to volunteer and help us out! You can also visit the highlight of our city, the Cristo de la Concordia statue.
Every couple of months our team goes to different provinces outside the city of Cochabamba to make donations. If you're nearby whenever we have a donation date, you can join us and make many children happy.
So, as mentioned earlier, Bolivia has many touristic places and events to attend throughout the year. Here is a list of the must-see stuff you need to see while here.
Salar de Uyuni
The savage beauty of this vast salt desert makes it one of South America's most awe-inspiring spectacles. The landscape is home to the world's first ever salt hotel, and is populated by road-tripping tourists all year round.
There are opportunities to experience the Salar all 365 days of the year. An early departure/late return day trip is the most convenient tour of choice, however many visitors indulge in a three-day tour (or longer) that includes the surrounding Altiplano deserts, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and high-altitude lakes to the south.
A chaotic jungle with a “subway” in the sky that transports you from north to south called Mi Teleférico. La Paz features a stunning mix of indigenous domination and cobblestone mazes infused with modern international restaurants and posh hotels popping up around every corner.
For those seeking an adrenaline filled adventure, why not take a trip down the Death Road. It’s a 1,200 m descent of windy, cliff-dropping road transitioning from cool Altiplano to lush rain forest, it has become a popular bucket list adventure for thrill seekers all over the world.
At a breathtaking 4,000 m above sea level, Potosi is one of South America’s most important colonial cities, and is a must for those looking to add a little history to their Bolivian experience.
In the 16th century, the city and its region prospered enormously following the discovery of the biggest silver lodes in the Cerro de Potosí mines. Within three decades Potosi's population jumped from a couple of thousand to more than 150,000, becoming both the largest and richest city in the New World.
Grown at altitudes of between 1,600 m and 3,000 m above sea level, Bolivia's wine producing region in and around the southern city of Tarija is the highest in the world. Specializing in French-style grape varietals including Tannat, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this region is also home to Bolivia's national drink, Singani.
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and the largest body of water in South America. Spread across the borders of both Bolivia and Peru and boasting a surface area of 8,372 square kilometers, Titicaca combines vibrant blue skies, fresh Altiplano nights and some of the oldest highland cultures in the Americas.
Tiwanaku is located near the southern shores of Lake Titicaca on the Altiplano, at an altitude of 3,850 m. Most of the ancient city, which was largely built from adobe, has been overlaid by the modern town. However, the monumental stone buildings of the ceremonial centre survive in the protected archaeological zones.
As you can see, there are a number of reasons why should come to Bolivia. Do not hesitate to let us know if you need any tips. We'll be more than happy to help you plan your trip.
Lots of love! the bB team