On Top of the World – The Best High Altitude Travel Hotspots

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

Best High Altitude Travel Destinations: La Paz, Bolivia
La Paz, Bolivia | photo credit: Tobias Lange via photopin cc

La Paz is the highest national capital in the world  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

Best High Altitude Travel Destinations: Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, home of past Dalai Lamas
Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, home of past Dalai Lamas | photo credit: Michael Goodine via photopin cc

Explore this tranquil city, perched high in the Himalayas – its name means “Land of the Gods” and it is over 1,300 years old. Lhasa has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site  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

Best High Altitude Travel Destinations: Jungfrau, Switzerland
Jungfrau, Switzerland | photo credit: Stephane Enten via photopin cc

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

Best High Altitude Travel Destinations: City Streets in Quito, Ecuador
City Streets in Quito, Ecuador | photo credit: Benjamin Jakabek via photopin cc

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 best high altitude travel destinations  this year?

About Kelly Dunning

Website: http://global-goose.com/

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. She and her English boyfriend Lee run Global-Goose.com, packed full with travel guides, stories and inspiration for those who dream of travel. They have been location independent and travelling the world digital-nomad style for the last three years, with no address, no car and no fixed schedule.

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