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Things To See in Bolivia

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Bolivia has six UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the eastern department of Santa Cruz are the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, the Inca site El Fuerte in Samaipata and the Jesuit missions of the Chiquitos. Near the capital is Tiwanaku, an archaeological site with the remains of a pre-Inca city. Finally, there are Sucre and Potosí, two cities founded by the Spaniards in the 16th century.

Bolivia also has the world’s largest salt desert, the Salar de Uyuni, part of Lake Titicaca with the Isla del Sol, and is in the middle of the Andes – with peaks of over 6,000 metres.

How To Travel To Bolivia

By airFlying is the most obvious way to get to Bolivia. The main airports are in La Paz in the west of the country and Santa Cruz in the east. The plan for getting there should be based primarily on the purpose of your visit to the country; you...

How To Travel Around Bolivia

Transport strikes (bloqueos) are not uncommon in Bolivia, so keep an eye on local news. Strikes often affect local taxis as well as long-distance buses; airlines are not usually affected. Do not try to go around or through roadblocks (usually made of stones, burning tyres or wood). Strikers may...

Destinations in Bolivia

RegionsAltiplano (La Paz, Oruro, Potosí)Sub-Andean Bolivia (Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, Tarija)Tropical lowlands (Santa Cruz, Beni, Pando)CitiesLa Paz - the administrative capital and seat of governmentCochabamba - the third largest city in the country, with a pleasant, temperate climate.Oruro - famous for its carnivalPotosí - once one of the richest cities in...

Weather & Climate in Bolivia

Bolivia's climate varies dramatically from one ecoregion to another, from the tropics in the eastern llanos to a polar climate in the western Andes. Summers are hot and humid in the east and dry in the west. Precipitation often changes temperatures, humidity, winds, air pressure and evaporation, resulting in...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Bolivia

The following nationalities do not require a visa for short stays of less than 90 days as a tourist: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg,...

Food & Drinks in Bolivia

Food in BoliviaBolivian cuisine could be described as the original "meat and potatoes" - the latter (called papas by the Quechua) were first cultivated by the Incas before spreading around the world. The most common meat is beef, but chicken and llama are also readily available. Pork is relatively...

Things To Do in Bolivia

The Death Road: from La Cumbre to Coroico. A 64 km mountain bike tour where you can see the diversity of Bolivia. From La Cumbre at 5000mts, in a cold and windy environment, to Coroico, in a humid and tropical environment.Explore the provinces: Bolivia is a place to explore,...

Money & Shopping in Bolivia

CurrencyForeign currencyIt can be difficult to change money other than euros and US dollars, even money from neighbouring countries! You may find more flexible exchange offices at airports, but be prepared for service charges and poor exchange rates. USD notes under $100 may also be difficult to break without...

Traditions & Customs in Bolivia

In Bolivia, do not use the word "Indio" to describe indigenous people. It is considered offensive. The term they use is "campesino" which translates as "peasant" or "indigenous". A 'cholo' is a campesino who has moved to the city, and although the term was originally pejorative, it is now...

Internet & Communications in Bolivia

Bolivia has three mobile phone providers, Entel, Tigo and Viva. All three have outlets in virtually every neighbourhood of the major cities. Internet cafes are becoming rarer with the proliferation of smartphones making internet access more accessible. However, you can still find a cybercafé if you are looking, they...

Language & Phrasebook in Bolivia

Bolivia has 37 official languages, of which Spanish (often called Castellano), Quechua and Aymara are the most important. In rural areas, many people do not speak Spanish. Nevertheless, you should be able to get by with some basic knowledge of Castellano. Bolivia is one of the best places to...

Culture Of Bolivia

Bolivian culture has been strongly influenced by the Quechua, the Aymara, as well as by the popular cultures of all Latin America.The cultural development is divided into three distinct periods: Pre-Columbian, Colonial and Republican. Important archaeological ruins, gold and silver jewellery, stone monuments, ceramics and weavings are preserved from...

History Of Bolivia

Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simón Bolívar, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; most of its subsequent history has been a series of nearly 200 coups and counter-coups. A relatively democratic civilian government was established in the 2000s, but the leadership faces difficult problems such as deep-rooted poverty,...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Bolivia

Stay Safe in BoliviaUse common sense and take precautions that apply elsewhere. All tourists should be careful when choosing a guide and never accept medicine from unverifiable sources. Female tourists should be careful when travelling alone. Try to use "radio taxis" at night, as fake taxis are common and...

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