Located in western-central South America, Bolivia is home to 40% of all animal and plant species in the world. The country is blessed with an incredible diverse nature, from fauna to flora, as well as an array of different cultures, traditions, attractions and a rich and colorful history. It is also very cheap to western standards.
Why Visit Bolivia
Bolivia boasts an incredible diversity of natural wonders. The country is made up of deserts, grasslands, mountains, jungles and the highest lake in the world, the Lake Titicaca. However, the country is famous for the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s second largest salt flat.
Bolivia boots thousands of species of birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. The country is home to about 40% of the animal species of the world, one of the most bio-diverse there are. Its dramatic geography and climate have led to the development of different ecosystems.
Bolivia is a multiethnic society, with a variety of cultures, traditions and languages. Bolivian society has people from spanish descent, indigenous groups and mestizos. However, the country is home to the largest population of indigenous tribes (36 different indigenous cultures) in South America, as 62% of its population is from indigenous descent. Some of them still practice ancient customs and wear traditional clothes, combining modern lifestyle with traditional values.
Bolivia is a budget destination. It offers a really good value for money. You can experience all the comforts you have at home for $40/day. You can stretch the budget even further and survive for around $25/day.
What to expect
Bolivia is a multicultural country. Spanish is the first official language of Bolivia, together with as many as 40 other indigenous languages. 44% of its populations speaks Spanish only. English is not widely spoken at all in Bolivia, much like the rest of South America. It would only be spoken in tourist attractions / destinations.
In Bolivia the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa.
The Bolivian boliviano is the official currency in Bolivia. US Dollars might be accepted at tourist attractions and hotels, but they won’t be accepted at other establishments, any other currencies wouldn’t be accepted at all. Credit cards are widely accepted, and you can exchange your money at any bank or withdraw directly from the ATM. Cash will be necessary. 1 USD equals 6.89 bolivianos (as of 2020)
Bolivia has different climates depending on the altitude and geography of the area. It goes from tropical weather in the jungle to polar climates in the Andes. There are primarily two seasons in Bolivia: The dry season from May to October and wet season from November to April.
Bolivia is relatively safe. Crowded areas, public transportation tourist hotspot are places where most petty crime occur. Unfortunately, pickpocketing and theft are common, but violent crime not really, it exists in low income neighborhoods and some streets at night. Caution is recommended at all times.
Visa Policy & Passport
Citizens of the following 52 countries are allowed to enter Bolivia without a visa for a period up to 90 days annually, including European Union citizens, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican city and Venezuela.
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