Have you ever been to a high altitude destination on your travel adventures? It’s amazing to see how humans have adapted to living at high altitudes throughout the world, including some places that are located more than two miles above sea level! Check out some of these fascinating places around the world – they may be short on oxygen but not on intrigue.
Best High Altitude Travel Destinations
La Paz, Bolivia – 3,640 m
and it is set within a deep valley, with the more affluent part of town at low elevation within the valley and the ramshackle shanty towns climbing up the hills. This vibrant and lively city is home to plenty of interesting attractions, including the Witches Market where you can buy essentials such as dried frogs and llama foetuses. It is also home to the World’s Highest Golf Course. La Paz is also a great place to start for other fun travel experiences in Bolivia, such as the mining tours in Potosi and the salt flats near Uyuni.
Remember – take it easy when walking around La Paz and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. It’s a very hilly city and climbing up the inclines at high altitude will leave you gasping for breath.
Lhasa, Tibet – 3650 m
Explore this tranquil city, perched high in the Himalayas – its name means “Land of the Gods” and it is over 1,300 years old. and it is the traditional home of the Dalai Lama. You will be dazzled by the beautiful intricately carved Buddhist temples and the enormous mountains surrounding them. Don’t miss the Jokhang Temple, which was built in the 7th century AD and is home to statues of Buddha that were given to King Songstan Gampo by princesses Wen Cheng from the Tang Dynasty in China and Bhrikuti from Nepal.
Jungfrau, Switzerland – 3, 471 m
Over 500,000 people every year take the famous Jungfrau Mountain Railway from Kleine Scheidegg near Interlaken in Switzerland to the highest railway station in Europe, the Jungfraujoch. You can only visit during the summer months and even in the middle of July there will be snow on the ground. If you are into outdoor sports such as paragliding, skiing, hiking and mountain biking you will have an amazing time!
Quito, Ecuador – 2,800 m
Located on the slopes of Pinchincha, an active volcano in the Andes Mountains, Quito is the capital and the second-most populous city in Ecuador. Its historic centre is very intriguing for architecture buffs, as it is one of the best-preserved city centres in all of the Americas. It is was one of first World Cultural Heritage Sites that was designated by UNESCO in 1978. Although Quito is only located 25km from the equator, it has a fairly cool climate thanks to its elevation – so make sure you bring long pants and a jacket!
Why not make plans to visit one of these this year?