Bolivia

BOLIVIA A DESTINATION OF UNFORGETTABLE LANDSCAPES AND UNPRECEDENTED CULTURES

Bolivia is one of the world’s richest countries in biodiversity, with a variety OF CLIMATE, landscapes, culture, traditions, flora and fauna, which makes it a fascinating destination for those who wish to live unforgettable experiences in tropical jungles or white deserts, pre-Columbian roads and colonial cities with living traditions.

Geography:

Bolivia is located in the heart of South America. It is bordered on the north and east with Brazil, on the south Paraguay and Argentina and the West with Chile and Peru. East and West Branches of the Andes enclose the Bolivian Plateau.

Area: 1.098.581 Km2.

Population:
10.027.254 Inhabitants. 70% are indigenous (primarily Quechuas and
Aymaras), 25% are mixed race and 5% are of European descent.

Capital: Sucre Constitutional Capital. La Paz Administrative Capital.

Local Time: GMT-4

Working Hours:
Private corporations: monday to friday (8:30 – 18:30, with pause between 12:30 and 14:30).
Public offices: monday to friday (8:00 to 16:00)
Bank times: monday to friday (8:00 to 16:00)

Passport and Visa: Updated Passport wth six month validation is required. Argentina, Ecuador, Perú, Brasil and Chile citizens may enter with ID. VISA is required to some nationalities. Please ask about it in the Bolivian consulate in your country.

Airport taxes:
Currently the international boarding tax is of USD. 25.00 and for domestic flights is aprox. USD.2.00 which are included in the price of the airline ticket as long as the departures are from La Paz and Santa Cruz.

Languages:
Spanish, Aymara, Quechua and Guarani.

Currency:
“El Boliviano, Bs.”, Bs.1 = 100 cents. 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 bills. Bs.1, 2, 5 coins and of 10, 20 y 50 cents.
Exchange rate: Fluctuating approx. Bs.6.96 = Usd. 1.00 (January 2015)

Tips:
It is costumary to give a 10% tip to waiters, guides or drivers but it is not an obligation, depends on the quality of the service. Tipping taxi drivers is not necessary.

Drinking Water:
While the water is potable, it is recommended to drink bottled water.

Electricity:
The electricity throughout the country is 220 volts, except in La Paz you can still find both 110 and 220 voltages.

Security:
Bolivian cities are usually safe, but still caution is suggested. Never leave your luggage unnatended and do not carry valuable documents on the streets. It is best to leave valuables in safe deposit boxes normally offered by hotels.

Vaccines:
Vaccines are usually not required in Bolivia, but if traveling to the Bolivian Amazon it is advisable to have the yellow fever vaccine. Check with your doctor.

Getting used to the alttitude:
If you came to La Paz by plane from sea level, you can minimize altitude sickness (altitude sickness) drinking plenty of fluids, adding a little more sugar to their drinks, eating foods rich in carbohydrates carbon, avoiding snuff and alcohol and drinking coca tea (ancient traditional leaf). Acetazolamide (Diamox) prevents altitude sickness when taken 24 hours before travel to high cities, and continued for 2 days. The dose in adults is 125 mg every 12 hours. Diamox causes an increase in breathing and thus helps the acclimatization. Consult your doctor before taking this drug because it is related to sulfa drugs and should not be used by people allergic to sulfa drugs.

Weather:
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Holiday calendar in Bolivia:

  • New Years, January 1st –
  • January 22nd, Creation of Plurinacional State of Bolivia
  • Carnival, February or March
  • Holy Friday and Easter, March or April
  • Labor Day, May 1st
  • Corpus Christi, Fluctuating (Thursday in June)
  • June 21st, Aymara New Year (Winter solstice)
  • Homeland, August 6th
  • Souls Day, November 2nd
  • Christmas, December 25th