BOLIVIA TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Bolivia is truly a Pandora’s box full of picturesque landscapes, treasures from the colonial days, vibrant indigenous cultures and the legacy of ancient civilisations. The most isolated and the highest of Latin American Republics, Bolivia is a landlocked country. It is also the most Indian country in Latin America with 50% of its people holding on fiercely to their traditional cultural values. From the magnificent snow-capped Andes to the teeming banks of the Amazon, this country is sure to excite the adventurous best in you.

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Returning Bolivian citizens and residents, foreign nationals, diplomats, members of special missions and international organizations, technical specialists, and drivers of international goods and cargo will be permitted to return to the country with no enforced quarantine upon their arrival provided that they submit a valid certification of the PCR test specifically for COVID-19 with a negative result prior to the flight.Travelers without a medical with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result are subject to quarantine.

 

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  • Capital: La Paz (administrative & governmental); Sucre (legal capital & judicial seat)

  • Currency: Boliviano (BOB)

  • Area: 1,098,580 km²

  • Population: 8,989,046 (July 2006 estimate)

  • Language: Spanish (official), Quechua (official), Aymara (official)

  • Religion: Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist)

  • Electricity: 220V, 50HZ (but 115V in La Paz & Viacha (A & C type plugs)

 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 22 January, Pluri-national State Foundation Day
  • 1 May, Labour Day
  • 6 August, Independence Day
  • 1 November, All Saints Day

Also, Carnival (the week before Ash Wednesday), Good Friday, and Corpus Christi.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The period between November and March is summer and it also rains through most of the country at this time. La Paz and Oruro could get some snow at the end of the rainy season. In the highlands, temperatures touch sub-zero points. The Amazon Basin is forever wet though with the hot months between May and October comparatively dry. The dry season is best for travel for better road conditions and sunny skies. Travel to most regions of Bolivia is certainly possible all year round, but you must be prepared to deal with the severe seasonal changes and the subsequent effects on road conditions.

 
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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKE & CYCLE:

You can enjoy outdoor activities in Bolivia from April to November, with the peak season from June to September. May and October should be your best months in terms of best weather and cheaper prices. From November to April it's monsoon season, so some parts of the country become inaccessible during this period.

BEACH:

If you're desperate for a beach while in Bolivia, head over to Lake Titicaca, it's the closest to a beach as you will get!

 
 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

Bolivia

Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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WHERE TO GO

 

CITIES

  • La Paz — the administrative capital and seat of the government.

  • Cochabamba — the country's third-largest city, with a pleasant, moderate climate.

  • Oruro — famous for its carnival.

  • Potosí — once one of the wealthiest cities in the world due to its silver mines.

  • Santa Cruz — the second-largest and most affluent city of Bolivia.

  • Sucre — the constitutional capital and seat of the judiciary.

  • Tarija— The Festival of Wine is held annually in Tarija. 

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  • Chacaltaya & Huayna Potosi — the world's highest ski resort and Bolivia's most popular mountain climb.

  • Isla del Sol — A remote island in the southern part of Titicaca Lake with astonishing landscapes and ruins from Inca period.

  • Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos — six remote towns of the Gran Chaco founded by the Jesuits in the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • Madidi National Park — Located a few miles North of Apolo, is one of the world's most extensive biodiversity reserves. Its humid tropical climate has spawned one of Bolivia’s richest woodlands.

  • Noel Kempff Mercado National Park — impossibly remote and even more impossibly beautiful Amazonian park, home to the stunning Cataratas Arcoiris waterfall.

  • Quime - Raunchy and friendly mountain village surrounded by high mountains of the Cordillera Quimsa Cruz, between La Paz & Cochabamba, with mines, waterfalls, native cloud forest and Aimara indigenous communities.

  • Sajama National Park — beautiful Andean landscapes and Bolivia's highest mountain, Nevada Sajama.

  • Salar de Uyuni — the spectacular landscapes along the largest salt flats in the world.

  • Sorata — Hikers' destination, close to San Pedro caves, with a beautiful lagoon.

  • Tiwanaku — Ancient ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Yungas region to be reached via bicycle on El Camino de Muerte, the World's Most Dangerous Road, leading through dramatic high altitude cliff-side jungle terrain or by walking on El Choro Trek through the climate zones from La Paz to Coroico.

 

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