Traveling to Bolivia
The landlocked country of Bolivia is a treasure trove for adventurous travelers and culture seekers. Staggering vistas at equally breathtaking – no kidding – altitudes, abundant wildlife and genuine locals await those who travel to Bolivia.
It would however be a mistake to not add Bolivia to your itinerary. It offers a wealth of variety from the staggering Andes Mountains to lush Amazon rainforest and the expansive Uyuni Salt Flats. One could easily spend many months here and not get bored.
Aside from the varied terrain, one of the main reasons to travel to Bolivia is without a doubt its authenticity and eclectic mix of cultures which culminate in vibrant festivities such as UNESCO classified Oruro carnival.
Get inspired: 15 Must-See Tourist Attractions in Bolivia
Transportation in Bolivia
The most common form of transportation in Bolivia is by taking the bus, which comes in various shapes and sizes.
- Micro: Small colorful buses that travel on a fixed route in the cities.
- Trufis: Little vans (usually white) that have a fixed route and only depart when the van is full.
- Bus-Camas: Sleeper buses with seats that recline horizontally. Come in three different price classes: Semi-Cama/Cama/Cama Premium
GOOD TO KNOW: When you take a bus from a bus terminal usually a small fee is charged for the use of the terminal (Bs 1-3).
Tips for travel in Bolivia
A few additional nuggets of knowledge to take into account before planning a trip to Bolivia:
- Tipping in Bolivia: Not customary
- Vegetarians in Bolivia: While Bolivian food is meat-heavy there are plenty of options for vegetarian dishes. Simply ask in the restaurants “sin carne por favor” (without meat please) and usually, the meat will be replaced with a fried egg.
- Local Simcard: Invest in a prepaid tourist sim card from Entel, Vivo, tigo or Airalo. I purchased an Entel card right at the airport and and had good service throughout the country. Pay Bs 10 for the card itself + the fee for your chosen package – in my case 30 days unlimited for Bs 150.
Places to visit in Bolivia
Key facts about Bolivia
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Practical information for visiting Bolivia
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly: El Alto International Airport, La Paz (LPB); Jorge Wilsterman International Airport, Cochabamba (CBB); Viru Viru International Airport, Santa Cruz (VVI)
Find a list of comfortable accomodations ranging from local guesthouses to luxury hotels.
Average Daily Budget: $50
Meals $5-$15 a person; hotel accomodations $25- $65; activities & transportation $15
WHEN TO GO
That depends on the activity and region
May to October: Dry season
December – March: Wet season which is the best time to visit the Uyuni Salt Flats and the carnival of Oruro
Depending on the country of origin visitors can stay for up to 90 days; costs depending on the country of origin
TOURS & ACTIVITIES
Explore the Salt Flats of Uyuni, cruise on Lake Titicaca tours, bike the Death Road and so much more