About Bolivia

Visiting Bolivia is a unique, unforgettable and authentic experience. Bolivia is one of the most diverse countries in the world, both in cultural and ethnic terms as well as in bio-diversity. The human richness of its inhabitants is made up of more than thirty native ethnic groups (Guarani, Ayoreo, Moxeño, Aymara, Quechua), mestizos, Europeans, Japanese, Mennonites, Afro-Bolivians and some other minorities. And if additionally, you wish to see the diversity of cultural expressions, dances, costumes or culinary variety, the list is interminable.

If you are interested in nature at its wildest, most diverse, harsh, solitary and surprising, throughout the country you will find fascinating places. More than 16% of Bolivia ‘s territory is classed as protected, whether as national parks, or in other categories of protected areas.

Bolivia ranks sixth as the country with greatest diversity in birds, eighth in reptiles, tenth in mammals and eleventh in higher plants. Even without coastal scenery, Bolivia is a member of a select club of countries which offer a sampling of most of the natural riches of the entire world. In fact, the country is blessed with a great variety of ecosystems such as tropical forests, Andean mountains, valleys, pampas, Chaco , Pantanal etc.

The authenticity of the folklore, the untouched scenery, the many national parks, the tranquillity one feels while travelling, are some of the many advantages of travelling in Bolivia, in the heart of South America, the summary of the continent.

Do you need a VISA to enter Bolivia?

There are 3 groups of countries, countries whose citizens do not require a visa, countries whose citizens can obtain a visa on arrival and countries whose citizens must obtain visa in advance. For more info see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Bolivia

If you are having doubts whether or not you need a visa, we recommend to contact the Bolivian embassy or consulate in your country.

US citizens must have a visa to enter Bolivia. A visa is obtainable for a fee of US$160, along with a visa application form and hotel reservation or letter of invitation.

You can apply for a Bolivian tourist visa by mail or in person at Bolivian consulates in the U.S., as well as at Bolivian ports of entry, such as at Bolivia’s international airports and at land border crossings. We can send a letter of invitation to US citizens who book a trip with us.

Contact the nearest Bolivian embassy or consulate for the most current visa information. For more information please check: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/consularnotification/bolivia.html and https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/bolivia.html

Climate
The climate in Bolivia vary as greatly as the country’s many regions and altitudes. From the the humid tropical climate of the tropics in the eastern llanos orientales to polar climate in the western Andes through temperate and subtropical climate in valleys and Yungas and Chaco regions.

Language
Spanish is the official language of Bolivia , however, being such a diverse country ethnically and culturally, there are various languages and dialects spoken throughout the country. The same diversity applies to the different Spanish accents: People from Santa Cruz (known as cruceños) have an intonation different from those of La Paz or other Bolivian regions.

Currency
The official currency is the Boliviano. However, most establishments will accept U.S. dollars. The safest way to change foreign currency into Bolivianos is through a bank. We do not recommend changing money on the street corners. Do not accept U.S. currency that is in the least bit torn because it will be rejected if you try to use it. Most of the banking facilities have ATM´s where you can withdraw money (Bolivianos or U.S. dollars) any time of the day.

Time
The official time for the whole Bolivia is -04:00 in relation to the Greenwich Meridian (GMT)

Electricity
Electricity throughout the country is 220V. Most five star hotels offer 110V as well.

Train
Check the train timetables in Bolivia, both for the Inter-Andean and the Oriental railwaynetwork. Buy your bus or train tickets online.