VISIT BOLIVIA

AMAZING AND WONDERFUL COUNTRY

There are a lot of reasons to visit Bolivia. It is an interesting country with many things to do and to visit. Bolivia is a wonderful country in Southamerica with a wide variety of landscapes, diversity nature, rich history, important culture, ancestral traditions and warm people.

Bolivia retains a particular idiosyncrasy with its genuine indigenous culture. Its volcanoes with perpetual snow on the rocky deserts of the “Altiplano”, a highland plateau of the Andes, the exuberant nature of the Amazon, the colonial past of Potosí and the exceptional “Salar de Uyuni” (salt flat), a wanderfult city: La Paz.

USEFUL INFORMATION

TO VISIT BOLIVIA

When visiting Bolivia it is necessary to consider that it has a tropical location that influences the seasons and the climate being directly linked to the great geological zones that determine it.  First, the “Altiplano”, more than 3,000 meters high. To the East enclosed by the “Cordillera Real de los Andes, (more than 500 km!); and the Western Cordillera to the west. In July and August, in the middle of the dry season, it can get very cold at night (austral winter), but pleasant during the day (15 to 20 ° C) if there is no wind; very rare rains in June and July.

 

Then, in the temperate valleys to the center of the country, and to the East of the Cordillera Real, wool clothing should be worn from July to August. To conclude, there are more contrasts: the Amazon and the plains of the East (the East, 67% of the country) with hot winters of 30 ° C (in Trinidad and in Rurrenabaque) or “Surazos” (glacial winds from Patagonia) that force to use alpaca wool clothes in July and August. Those who go to the “Salar” and the “Lípez”: consider thermal underwear and jackets windbreakers. ¡At Laguna Verde, the weather can reach -30 degrees at night!

The best time to visit Bolivia is during the dry season, between April and October. In the wet season, from November to March, there is a strong and suffocating heat in the plains and the Amazon basin. Not at all easy, it is necessary to bring the best clothes. Get ready for every situation: from the bathing suit … to a good padded jacket.

 

In general, travel with light baggage and buy at your arrival the necessary missing clothes, woolen clothing is diverse and cheap. Even if the dry season is the most recommended, Bolivia has so many climates and microclimates that, without a doubt, it is possible to travel throughout the year. From April to November: dry season in the “Altiplano” and the Cordillera.

 

In the “Yungas”: tropical climate, warm and humid. In the “Altiplano” and the “Cordillera”: the days are sunny, there is frequent wind and cold temperature during the night (very cold in July / August: -15 °). Consider, possible snowfall, at any time of the year.

To visit Bolivia we recommend that all travelers to be well informed. So, it is important to consult with your medical doctor and with the vaccination centers in your country of residence. Traditional vaccines against typhoid fever and hepatitis “A” are also recommended.

The yellow fever vaccination is essential to entry to many countries in South America. You have to be vaccinated 10 days prior to arrival using the services of an approved medical center. The International Certificate of Immunization (Yellow Fever) is required at the borders. It is advisable to be updated with the universal vaccines.

Transfers and transportation are by bus, 4×4, minibus, plane or boat, depending on your itinerary. The vehicles used will depend on the number of persons in the group and the nature of the expeditions. Arrival and departure by bus, plane, boat, train or car can be changed.

 

When planning your trip to visit Bolivia consider local holiday dates, holidays, museum and/ or sightseeing schedules and weather conditions.

All the airlines that we use are safe and reliable and all our prices “include taxes”, that is, including airport taxes (except South America, where in some countries you will have to pay between 20 and 30 € per person per flight depending on the departure country, directly at the airport).

 

The taxes included in your ticket can be changed at any time so, although it is rare (luckily), we may have to ask for an addition in case of changes.

When visiting Bolivia you will find a variety of accommodations. The accommodation is comfortable for nights in hotel or hostel, however when sleeping in the shelters there is not much comfort. The shelters have bedrooms (6 people in one room), shared and unheated bathrooms. In family houses, it is probably that you could get your own room but you will have to share the bathroom and there is usually no hot water. The beds have sheets and blankets, but it is always better to bring a sleeping bag, especially during the winter. For camping nights we use T3 tents for 2 people. If you travel alone and there is no other person willing to share a room, you have to reserve a single room.

The hotels we booked in the larger cities are usually located in the center and usually near the key tourist sites. This means you can walk to historic sites and museums. In some regions we selected small hostels, “residential” or familiarly houses to facilitate meetings with the locals. Comfort can be basic, but you have the best opportunity to interact with local people, share their experiences and learn from cultural differences. The standards of the local hotels are not the same as our western standard, so a 3 star hotel in a big city has all the necessary comfort, but here it will be a lower category. In some areas hot water and energy cuts are possible.

Clothing, of course, depends on the destination. The following is a list of the clothes you should bring for a trip with both warm and cold places, as it will be when visiting Bolivia.

 

We advise the concept of multilayers: aeration, insulation, protection. This ensures complementary purposes, traveling ‘light’ and having to wash scantily, which can be done at the hotel. Specifically in the months of January and February, rainy season, you have to consider to bring the following things for the trip.

 

Footwear: Outdoor walking shoes or sneakers: the brand does not matter, on the contrary it is essential to feel comfortable. Choose waterproof and lightweight footwear that is sturdy and soft. Tall cane to protect the ankle and cohesive sole (Vibran or Contagrip type). Lightweight and comfortable sandals or slippers: for forks or overnight camps.

T-shirts, thermal inner shirts (synthetic materials are highly efficient), casual long sleeve shirts or polar fleece fabric clothes, hiking pants, 1 shorts, better if it is a convertible pants (if not, a pants is enough), polar or Softshell coat, thick coat (750 g) ideal for the night (optional), waterproof windbreaker (Gore-Tex type), cap / kerchief, hat or wool cap and scarf, pair of wool or polar gloves, thermal pant, comfortable thermal pants for the night, pairs of hiking socks, bathing suit (for swimming pool or personal cleanliness in the open), bath towel light and large enough to surround the hip.

 

 

The list of clothes indicated below is only referential. You must make your baggage bearing in mind a common criterion about quantity, volume, and needs, considering the inclement weather. Always keep usual/casual clothes.

Bolivia: 220/230V * 50Hz A & C * La Paz & Viacha 115V

 

A – Two parallel flat rods. “American type”

B – Like “A”, but with a ground rod

C – Two round rods. “French type”

D – Like “C” but with a ground rod

G – Square Rods

I – Flat rods that seems like inverted V, with a ground rod

L – Round aligned rods with a ground rod

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