Bolivia: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Bolivia

Overview

Bolivia, also known as the Tibet of the Americas, is a country filled with contrasts and mind-blowing landscapes: the Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert, the world’s largest salt flats and the Amazon rainforest. Over 50% of the population have indigenous roots and maintain their strong traditional cultural values and belief systems. Discover Bolivia’s natural beauty, lively streets and mysterious ancient civilizations, a perfect combination of nature, culture, and adventure.

 

Capital City: La Paz

Population: 11.96 million (2022 est.)

Currency: Bolivian Boliviano (BOB)

Time Zone: Bolivia Time (GMT-4)

Emergency Number: 911

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Speak The Language

Language: Spanish and 36 indigenous languages are official in Bolivia.

 

  • Hello - ¡Hola! (O-la)
  • Goodbye - ¡Adios! (AH-dee-ohs)
  • Thank you - Gracias (GRA-see-as)
  • Do you speak English? - ¿Habla inglés? (Ab-la in-GLAYS)
  • I (don’t) understand - Yo (no) entiendo (yo no en-tee-EN-doh)
  • How are you? - ¿Cómo está? (KOH-moh eh-STAH)
  • I’m fine, thank you - Bien, gracias (bee-EN, GRA-see-as)
  • What’s your name? -  Cómo te llamas? ((KOH-moh te ya-mas?))
  • My name is… - Me llamo… (May ya-moh… )
  • Where is... -  ¿Dónde está… (DON-day es-tah...)

- The bathroom - el baño (el BAH-nyo)

- An ATM - un cajero (un kah-HEH-roh)

 

Google Translate: Download the Google Translate app or click here  

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Weather

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Fun Facts

  • La Paz is one of the world’s highest cities, nestled at an altitude of 3,600m (11,800ft.)
  • Tiwanacu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located on Lake Titicaca’s southeastern shore. The Tiwanacu were one of the most important pre-Incan civilizations dominating the southern Andes region.
  • Uyuni, also referred to as Bolivia’s favorite child, is located in the southwest and was founded in 1889 by former president Aniceto Arce. In recent years, tourism has increased and the small town has become the gateway for excursions to the Uyuni Salt Flats.
  • The Uyuni Salts Flats are the world's largest and highest salt flats!
  • 40% of all animal and plant life in the world can be found in Bolivia and there are pink river dolphins in the Amazon!
  • Bolivia boasts the epic Andes Mountain range and with it countless snow-capped peaks.
  • Lake Titicaca is not just stunning and historically rich, it is also the highest navigable lake in the world.
  • With the high altitude comes furry llamas and alpacas that call the Bolivian mountains home. Support the local population by purchasing an alpaca wool sweater for the perfect Andean souvenir!
  • The majority of Bolivia's population is of Indigenous descent and the culture is vibrant all around the country. Be respectful and open to learn and support during your trip!
  • You may have heard of the 'Death Road', also known as the world's most dangerous road. Adventurous travelers will show off how they survived a bike ride on the famous road.

Tipping

Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $8 per person/per day
Drivers USD $5 per person/per day
Restaurants (full service)  10% of total bill
 
 

 

FAQ

Where can I find information on travel safety? Check out the US Department of State's website for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling 

 

Is the water safe to drink? Tap water should be avoided by travelers. You should also avoid brushing your teeth with tap water when possible. For drinking water, make sure to drink treated water which can be found at all lodging accommodations.

 

Do I need a Visa? For Visa information, click here. Make sure also to check that your passport isn't expired or about to expire!

 

What about vaccines? For Vaccination information, click here.

 

Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, worldnomads.com, or from a provider of your choice. 

 

How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.

 

What does public transportation look like? Public transportation throughout the country is generally safe but it can be tricky and unreliable. Many of the bus terminal staff don't speak English and timetables aren't available online. Also, many of the roads in Bolivia are unpaved, making travel possibly bumpy and long. Taxis are available and are the safest mode of transportation. Radio taxis are recommended and are dispatched based on calls from private clients. Your hotel or a restaurant can help by calling one. They cost around 6 USD, depending on the destination. You can recognize them by a sign on top of the car that has a logo, telephone and name of the company.

 

Is Uber or Lyft available? Uber is available in some La Paz and Santa Cruz.

Luggage Restrictions

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