Bolivia Travel Tips


Bolivia Travel Tips

  • Bolivia Consular Travel Visa - It is not necessary to have a visa to enter the country.
  • The official currency is the Bolivian BOB. The exchange rate is BOB$ 1 = US 100 cents. American Dollars are accepted anywhere in the country.
  • Water - In general, the water is safe, however it is wise that you only drink bottled water. Be especially careful to only drink bottled water when you leave the larger cities and visit less populated areas. As in all countries, the hygiene or the cleaning of the food depends on the place where you will eat. In general, there are not severe problems with cleanliness.
  • In Bolivia the tip varies from 10 to 15% of your tab.
  • There is an airport tax for both national and international flights.
  • The official language is Spanish. Half of the Bolivian population is composed of indians that speak Quechua and Aymara.
  • Catholicism is the official religion.
  • The electric current is 110/220 volts at 50Hz. Plugs are the American type, however, you may need transformers and adaptors.
  • You will need comfortable clothes and shoes, and we recommend you take jackets, especially in the winter.
  • Check with the Bolivian consulate closest to your home for visas and vaccinations before travelling.
  • Rules and requirements are subject to change without warning, thus, it is wise to contact your doctor before travelling.
  • In general, to travel to Bolivia, no vaccinations are necessary. However, if you are going to visit the city of Santa Cruz, you will need to have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever. We recommend taking a prophylaxis against Malaria if you are thinking of travelling in the jungle areas.
  • It is possible you might experience difficulty due to the higher altitudes. The lack of oxygen and atmospheric pressure can cause headache, nausea, shortness of breath, and weakness for some people. It is recommended you drink a lot of water and rest if you are affected by the altitude. Very strong coffee also is a good solution, as are the coca mate teas (excellent for digestion).
  • Be alert for thieves watching for unprepared tourists. Don't take unnecessary risks.
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