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The physical, and some might say spiritual, heart of Bolivia is the central highlands, fertile valleys which meander down from the Andes. The region is best known for Sucre, a white-washed colonial city, and the judicial capital of the country. Sucre's handsome houses, grand churches and interesting cultural museums make it one of the most pleasant places in Bolivia. Not to forget the city's markets, festivals, night clubs and excellent cuisine. The surrounding Cordillera de los Frailes is the place for outdoor fun — from horse riding to mountain biking. Not to be outdone, the less touristy, yet modern and sprawling city of Cochabamba has a ...

The physical, and some might say spiritual, heart of Bolivia is the central highlands, fertile valleys which meander down from the Andes. The region is best known for Sucre, a white-washed colonial city, and the judicial capital of the country. Sucre's handsome houses, grand churches and interesting cultural museums make it one of the most pleasant places in Bolivia. Not to forget the city's markets, festivals, night clubs and excellent cuisine. The surrounding Cordillera de los Frailes is the place for outdoor fun — from horse riding to mountain biking. Not to be outdone, the less touristy, yet modern and sprawling city of Cochabamba has a lively restaurant and bar scene, thanks to its students and professionals. It's also famous for its chicha, a fermented maize-based drink. Cocha is gateway to the country's east (en route to Santa Cruz). Those keen to get off the beaten track can discover the region's tiny colonial villages, and superb wilderness opportunities in Torotoro National Park and Tunari National Park.

Kate Armstrong
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Kate Armstrong is coauthor of Lonely Planet's Bolivia, South America on a Shoestring, Mexico, Greece, and South Africa.

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